Friday, June 26, 2009

2009 East Coast Trip - Day 8 - New York City

In May when I went to Morgan's graduation, I got a chance to spend a couple of days in New York City with Drew. Sharon was not happy that she did not get a chance to go. As a result, although we were originally going to go to Philadelphia after we left Cooperstown, we decided to spend a couple of nights in New York City.

Up early, Sharon and I packed up the house. After almost a week at Cooperstown Dreams Park living in the bunk houses and playing baseball, Jack is beat. We finally woke him up about 8 a.m. and got him loaded in the car.

I was originally thinking that we would head east towards Albany and then drop south towards the city. The Garmin GPS had other ideas. It dropped us almost straight south over a series of county roads for over an hour before picking up a freeway. It was a beautiful drive. Jack probably slept for almost half of the three and a half hour drive.

Even with the GPS, driving into the city was an experience. We finally got to the hotel and settled in the room about 2:00 p.m. We are staying in the same Hitlon on Avenue of Americas that I stayed in when I was here last month.

From there, we walked half a block to the New York Museum of Modern Art. The three of us spent about two hours wandering through the museum. I was amazed at the number of Picasso's that they have. One of my favorite paintings of the afternoon was Van Gogh's Starry Night. As we were leaving to go back to the hotel, the museum started to get really crowded. It turns out that Target is sponsoring a free Friday night. People were pouring into the place!

Sharon had reservations for dinner at Mario Batali's Del Posto. Hopping in a cab, we picked up Morgan along the way. We had a very nice dinner. After course of antipasto and pasta, Sharon had duck, Morgan had pork and I had lamb for our secondi course. I had an interesting antipasto that included a Spanish barnacle. We split a couple of bottles of an Italian Pinot Noir: Le Due Terre.

Sharon wanted to finish the night with a trip to top of the Empire State Building. There were essentially no lines and we got to the top quickly. Although I am not much of a fan of heights, the view of the city at night was pretty spectacular.

Catching a cab back to the hotel, the four of crashed about 11:30 p.m. Morgan is spending the night with us.

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