The Big Apple and Me!

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So far, our road trip has been lots of fun. Now we are in New York City, on Central Park South, where the carriages line up with their horses to take you on a ride in the park. Our place is right across the street. We are staying in The New York Athletic Club and they have pictures of all the Olympians that are members (or were) of the Club. Very impressive to see all these accomplished atheletes from one Club.

When we drove in on Friday it was very busy, congested and slow but it even got slower on Sunday due to the Puerto Rican Day Parade down 5th Avenue. We were trying to get to St. Patrick’s Cathedral for the 1015 Choir Mass. More on that later.

Friday night we met a family friend for dinner at the Yale Club. We sat outside on the 22nd floor of their building and it was neat. The food was buffet style and really good.

Saturday morning we walked up Broadway and Columbus, had a nice breakfast at Epicirie Boulud where we sat outside and ate croissaint, cheese and tartines. Then we walked further up to the American Museum of Natural History, one of my favorite places in the world because it has the best dinosaurs. So does the Natural History museum in London but this one is closer.  We did 3 special shows at the Museum:  The Largest Dinosaurs, Sea Rex and Origins of the Stars.  Later we took a taxi down to Rockefeller Plaza so we could go the Lego Store and the Nentendo Store.  For dinner later in the evening we ate a small bistro on 66th St. – Chat Noir or the Black Cat.  Whenever anyone in my family sees a black cat they say “Look there’s Nonkel Stanislaus” because my Mom’s great Uncle you to tell her that when he dies he wants to come back as a black cat.

Sunday we woke up and had breakfast at La Pain Quotidien (The Daily Bread) which is very Belgian and has the best breads, croissants and brioche as well as good Parisian Ham and cheeses.  This what we eat in Belgium for breakfast with other chacuterie.  After breakfast we headed over to St. Patrick’s for mass.  This was Pentecostal Sunday and it is very important in the Catholic calendar.  My dad was able to get us a nice pew on the center aisle mid-way down.  The organ music was beautiful as the procession started with Cardinal Dolan in his gold mitre and shepherd’s crook.  He stopped and waved to people and even saluted to me.  Later after the mass ended and during the recessional he saw me and came over and patted my head and asked me how I liked the mass.  He gave me his blessing.  My Dad said he had never seen a Cardinal say mass and now I even got extra special treatment.  It was something I won’t forget.

We then walked down to Park Avenue to grab a taxi to B&H on 34th and 8th where my Mom likes to go for her photography and camera supplies.  We spent an hour in there and she bought a new lens for her big camera.  We came back to the Club and headed out to the Landmarc in the Time Warner center.  That was a good lunch.

Later that evening we had dinner at the club with a friend and they had soft shell crabs which my Dad loves.

So, now we are in DC and at my sister’s house in Darnestown near Potomac where they are holding the US  Open of golf.  More on my visit to DC and the Air & Space Museum later.

This is Frederick and we are now on another leg of The Great American Road Trip.

See ya!

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