Since the last time I was in NYC, in January 2010, both of my nieces have ended up living there. Rachel, is a sophomore at NYU and Elizabeth just graduated from there, in June. I've been wanting to visit them there ever since, as well as wanting to see my East Coast friends. Well, an opportunity arose (my mom had miles expiring!) and I took it!
I love the East Coast in Autumn!
View from my dear friend Larry's place, where I stayed, in the city ...
Larry's 16 year old cat, Molly.
I arrived on Saturday night (October 12th) and Sunday woke up to a beautiful fall day in New York.
Life finds a way …
I headed to the Lower East Side/Chinatown, to meet up with my nieces for brunch. This fruit and veggie market is a block from Rachel.
Then the girls showed me around their hood ...
Elizabeth in a little flea market ...
My Nieces Rachel and Elizabeth, in NYC
Art (below) by JR … heading into Soho
52 Prince Street
I like the books on the light fixtures. Elizabeth made a good point though. "I wonder if anyone wanted to read those." It's difficult to tell in the photo, but those are pages of books on the wall. It was a very cool bookstore with this cute cafe, where we stopped to have iced teas.
I had such a great time hanging out with the girls and seeing their places and where they are spending there time! For dinner that night we met Elizabeth's friend and all went to pizza near Soho. It was delicious!
Emporio, at 231 Mott St.
On the street in front of the restaurant in Nolita (North little Italy)
More New York to come! Central Park, The Met, the High Line and the 9/11 Memorial. After New York, I headed up to Boston and went all over Massachusetts, including Salem and the Cape. It was all incredible and I can't wait to share it all with you! I was so lucky with the weather, is was crazy!
I have a lot more Italy posts to come, as well, but since they will be on the Christmasy side, we'll go with the autumnal colors of New York and New England, for a bit!
Here is Billy Joel from 1978 (!) … I'd forgotten how awesome he is on the piano! The man can play. You'll want to keep listening around 4:30 on ...
They were talking on the radio yesterday, about some big new study. It was on how connecting with other people, and spending time with loved ones, is important to being happy, productive and living a long life … and they were saying it, like it was big news! All they had to do is ask all of us, right?
My trip was the perfect example of spending time with people you care about, and how it makes you happy, and boosts all the happiness juices in the brain and body. I came back feeling like the luckiest person on the planet!
I do believe we're all connected.
I do believe in positive energy.
I do believe in the power of prayer.
I do believe in putting good out into the world.
And I believe in taking care of each other.
Blessings and light!