Daily Archives: May 1, 2011

Beautiful May 1

After yesterday’s fiasco, driving into the city, we swore off getting into the car today. It was such a beautiful day, third in a row, and we were thinking of taking a nice fast walk. Susie then had an idea. What if we took a more leisurely stroll at Wave Hill, a public garden, 20 minutes away. She said, “It means we have to get back in the  car, but I promise it will be worth it.” She’s the driver around here, so if she was willing to drive, I was willing to be a passenger. I only shuddered a little as we headed back toward the city. But, this time Susie was prepared:

And it really was only 20 minutes away. By going at 10:30 in the morning, we avoided any crowds. What a beautiful spot, right on the Hudson River, with a view of the Palisades in New Jersey.  I had no idea I would see so many flowering trees and plants. I experienced the spring that has not yet come to Maine.


This flower looked just like “baby’s breath” but it was actually a large bush, and a different plant.

You can see we weren’t far from the George Washington Bridge.

Tomorrow I head back to Maine. Bruce says the trees and plants are ready to burst open on the next warm sunny day. I’ll get to see spring bloom again!

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Saturday in NYC

I didn’t post about the day yesterday because we were just to pooped to do anything last night except make a delicious spinach salad with goat cheese, hazelnuts, garlic croutons and smoked salmon. We ate the salad watching “Dial M for Murder,” a fun Alfred Hitchcock movie and then off to bed.

No matter what my friend Susie and I have been doing, the weather has been absolutely gorgeous. The blossoming trees are all out here. Magnolias, dogwoods, redbuds, cherries, you name it. They are in full bloom. Such a treat for the eyes having come from Maine where things have not yet been coaxed out by warm weather and sun. I may be surprised when I get home on Monday if they have been having the same weather we’ve enjoyed here this weekend.

As we drove into Arthur Avenue yesterday, people were out and about everywhere. A sunny Saturday is no day to spend inside.

We stopped here to get little “BFF” tattoos.

We noted where to get our hair done on the way home. Perhaps a wave nouveau?

At lunchtime on Arthur Ave. the fire trucks double park while the firemen pick up their lunch.

Our first stop, Cassa Della Mozzerella where I picked up some fresh and smoked mozz., some speck, and some parmesan. Yum.

Then on to Vincent’s, the butcher shop where you can buy just about anything. We bought lamb sausage $4.99 lb, etc. etc. Great prices, great service, and if I wanted to pick up pig skin, I could have.

We went on to the bakery, Morrone, for little cannolis, a sandwich at the Arthur Ave market, and got back in the car to drive into the city. Susie had a haircut appointment and then we were going to  the Museum of Arts and Design. The drive is where the day became complicated. A series of wrong turns, saved by changing the appointment time, then sabotaged by traffic and unexpected street fairs, made for a stressful drive on an otherwise beautiful day.

Susie missed both hair appointments and drove around for quite a lot of time looking for parking. Garages, on Saturday, cost $28 for 2 hours. Once we found a spot on 68th St. we booked it down Broadway to Columbus Circle and finally went in the MAD. One of the exhibitions was ceramic body adornments like this necklace.

What I really wanted to see was the museum’s permanent collection of jewelry. I’m not sure if they are always displayed like this, but for this visit the collection was stored in drawers below the current ceramic exhibit. To be tired and have to bend over or get up and down to look at drawers of work, that were poorly lit, seemed like a continuation of the challenging trip after we left Arthur Ave.  I was too tired for this, but I did it anyway. This is what I came for.

No matter how stressful our afternoon was, it was still Manhattan wearing her spring finest. A beautiful beautiful day.

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