One from the Vaults: Postcard from New York

I’m continuing to trawl through and resuscitate my November/December trips to New York. This one harks back to our 2016 trip.

One year on and we’re back in Manhattan though my trip was almost cut short by my beloved. On leaving the plane he swung his pull-along briefcase and swept my feet from under me. I fell on my right side, banging my head and shoulder. I saw stars, was momentarily winded and had to be helped up by the airline staff. Did I fall or did I have a fall? I like to think it was the former and not the latter.

We passed relatively quickly through US Customs, never the most pleasant of experiences, grabbed our luggage and headed for the train to Penn station. We got on the wrong train. We’d bought a ticket for the New Jersey Line but had gotten on the quicker (and vastly more expensive) Amtrak service. The guard kindly let us off the extra fare. Those UK accents occasionally come in handy. We took a cab to our serviced apartment on E39th which I had booked, as usual, through http://www.booking.com.

My beloved allegedly had only organised a few meetings and a couple of dinners beforehand and said we would spend all of Tuesday and Wednesday together. In the end, we had breakfast together on Sunday morning and dinner on Tuesday evening. The rest of the time he was busy, busy, busy. Don’t feel sorry for me. I’m used to fending for myself and it did mean I could do and see pretty much what I wanted.

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I’ve already toured all of New York’s many tourist attractions and now I take pleasure in exploring different areas of Manhattan. As we were staying on the Eastside, most of my walks took place between E10th and E60th streets and I only occasionally strayed west. I’m not sure how far I walked but with my eczema dying down, I had a definite spring back in my step.

My two sisters, who regard trips to New York as an opportunity to shop until they drop, exhorted me to have a spend up. They’d have been sorely disappointed with my efforts. As usual, I spent most of Sunday and Monday, when the weather was fine, happily exploring on foot. I particularly love walking around early on Sundays, before the shops open, as there are so few people around and I have the streets to myself.

Of course, no trip to New York would be complete without a trip to Barnes & Noble to check out the latest cookery books. Luckily there was plenty of room in my luggage for my book haul. I also popped into Lululemon to feed my beloved’s growing habit.

My younger sister had tasked me with checking whether I could find her recent Ugg purchases cheaper in NY. No, I couldn’t, which has increased her pleasure in her latest acquisitions. Sadly, I couldn’t find her the Gant poncho she wanted. I don’t normally agree to buy things for my sisters otherwise I’d be spending all my trip shopping.

I confess in years past I have spent considerable time shopping particularly at Takashimya and, even though it’s long gone, I always go and pay homage at its former site on 5th. Of course, globalisation has taken the fun out of shopping. There’s little in NY that I can’t buy at home which is why I prefer the one-off shops on the fringes and down side streets.

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It poured on Tuesday so I retired to MoMa, always a pleasure. I had planned on a trip to the Witney on Wednesday but, with the rain again coming down in sheets; instead I opted for an organic Thai spa pedicure which involved lots of lovely smelling unguents, hot towels and acres of cling film! Just what my weary feet needed before heading home.

All photographs courtesy of Getty Images, please don’t ask what befell mine!

30 Comments on “One from the Vaults: Postcard from New York

  1. Such beautiful images! I’ve always wanted to visit New York. I’m glad your fall didn’t hurt you any worse and put a damper on your trip. And getting on the wrong train would’ve scared me to death. I’m glad everything worked out even though you had to make a few changes to your itinerary. Have a wonderful weekend, Sheree. 💖🤗

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  2. I haven’t been to NYC since 2019, Sheree. These photos help, but I need to get on the right train (in this case it is AMTRAK) and get down there for a day, or maybe an overnight. Thanks for sharing these.

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  3. Thank you for the memories! We went to NY on a bus tour during the lighting ceremony during Thanksgiving years ago and it was a perfect trip. I wish we would have had time to do more like you did.The one thing I will never forget was the tour guide saying the locals always knew the tourists because the tourists always looked up. Sure enough as we were walking around, we looked up. We were picked to go into the candy shop with Kathe Lee when she asked her questions segment and she picked someone to answer. If they got the question right they won a CD of her music. Lol I really enjoyed this post Sheree!

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  4. NYC has no sales tax on clothes under $110 (inflation adjusted) so it can actually be cheaper to get things in nyc than elsewhere. Who would’ve thought! Hope you make it back to NYC soon!!

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  5. Ice skating on The Rink under the Rockefeller Centre Christmas 🎄 Tree makes it into my top 10 of all time things I would like to do before I leave this earth 💕💕💕💕

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