This is a real surprise. I had wanted to see Aladdin for some time but they were always sold out when we were in NYC.
Our son got tickets for Aladdin for this weekend, in addition to The 39 Steps! He had sent calendar invitations. My DH had accepted and forgot we were going and I never got my invitation. :(
Backing up to Friday. This weekend was supposedly so that my son and I could practice for our next Steinway Hall event. This time, we’re playing the duet Capriol by Peter Warlock.
The day that we do this, we’re also heading out for a cruise to Bermuda. Busy day!
The train ride to NYC was uneventful, if late. We have a timeshare in NYC but it’s always full so we can never go :( We had a favorite alternative that we really liked but they converted into a long-term stay hotel.
So, we went to a new hotel for this weekend. I kept it in the same neighborhood so I’d know my way around a bit and we could eat at our favorite restaurants :)
We got to our new place and Michael was waiting for us. Hooray! After checking in, the next order of business was getting something to eat. We decided to Uber over to Union Square to be close to The 39 Steps show at the Union Square Theater.
Lots of places to eat but we decided on getting a snack at the Barnes and Noble and having a real meal later.
The show was wonderful! Very clever with only 4 actors doing all the parts with just a few props.
Different actors but you’ll get the idea:
After the show, we walked around a bit and ended up at Paul & Jimmy’s for dinner. It was a good Italian dinner. We didn’t have a refrigerator at our hotel, so I sent my leftovers home with Michael.
Up early the next morning to go to breakfast at our old favorite – Scotty’s Diner on Lexington.
Michael had been to a place called The Cloisters and thought we might like to go so we Ubered (spell check doesn’t think that’s a word) north of Manhattan up the Henry Hudson Parkway.
The Cloisters museum and gardens is so peaceful and beautiful. You almost feel like you’re back in the middle ages. We had headsets as a guide and they used period music to help get in the mood. The Cloisters is a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art which is devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, was assembled from architectural elements, both domestic and religious, that largely date from the twelfth through the fifteenth century.
Tom got a ton of pictures. I just got this one, in the garden:
After the briefest stop at our hotel and a too-short nap, we went to Michael’s to actually practice some. We had a snack at Ramen.co. I had a bento box and the others had burgers. The interesting thing about the burgers was that the bun was made of ramen noodles pressed together.
We then walked up past South Street Seaport, although there was a lot of construction going on so we couldn’t go in. We’d been there before, in January 2010 and took lots of pictures so it was ok that we couldn’t go again. When we were there in 2010 it was way colder and I’d had to buy a new hat and mittens.
After that, we walked along the bike/pedestrian path for quite a ways and it was very nice, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, even though we were walking next to it, and under an overpass! There was one poor guy out in a rubber canoe or kayak having trouble paddling in the current.
Back to the hotel to get ready for Aladdin! That was playing at the New Amsterdam Theater. Both the hotel and theater were on 42nd street so we walked – and made it on time! What a beautiful old theater, built in 1903.
Aladdin was fantastic! What can I say?
After the show, we stopped at Cafe Metro for some take-home food, then we hiked back to our hotel to eat that and for much needed sleep.
We made a change in our traditions and stopped at the Pershing Square Café for breakfast. We’d seen it while we were walking by the night before. Quite $$ for breakfast. Pershing Square is also on 42nd Street, directly across from New York’s famous Grand Central Terminal’s main entrance and underneath the Park Avenue Viaduct.
Our next stop was Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises for a partial sightseeing trip since we were short of time. We were 1 pier over from the one where our cruise ship for June 7, the Norwegian Breakaway, was docked.
The Statue of Liberty:
And, most importantly, Michael’s office next to the Staten Island Ferry
A bit of lunch (we eat a lot!) at Mr. Biggs in Hell’s Kitchen then over to Michael’s for more practice – the reason for this trip.
We took the subway back to Grand Central, then our hotel to pick up our bags. We took a cab back to Penn Station to catch the Acela and head home.
I think that’s it – we did about as much as anyone could do in 48 hours.