New York City snapshots- Brooklyn to Upper East Side

I loved my four days in NYC. Both great quality time and fun do nothing time with my son and plenty of plodding around the city on my own. Each of my five of my senses, often simultaneously stimulated, could give you a recount of how we spent the days. Here is a visual recap with some support from the others.

I had a fun morning in Brooklyn visiting with my niece who pushed about eight pounds of fruits and vegetables through a juicer to produce two large gorgeous glasses of fresh juice. Sweet from the apple, with a bite from the kale, plus a hint of lemon, a reprieve from my days of indulgence. This deserved a photo but I was to wrapped up in the moment. So nice to have a few quiet moments face to face to catch up a little. Before wandering from her apartment we watched a NYPD traffic van illegally back up and rear end another car. Ouch. Also wrapped up in that moment, the cars were clearing as I thought to get my camera. Auditory… check.

From her apartment I wandered down Myrtle Ave, past Fort Greene Park in the direction of Pratt. As I mentioned, my grandparents met at Pratt Institute in 1924, fell in love and produced my father. Tragically, my grandfather, out for a spin on a buddy’s new motorcycle, died in an accident on that spur of the moment trip around the block. He left behind a small toddler and a woman who I believe lost her true love. But all events lead us to today and here I am, grateful.  Willie Thomas, my father, jazz musician and a legend in his own mind, also spent many years in this same neighborhood as a doorman by day and a fierce horn blower by night. I snapped shots of interest as I walked.

A great local natural foods store… open 24/7… yes that’s TWENTY FOUR HOURS. SEVEN DAYS A WEEK! Stopped in for a vegan (I’m versatile) maki roll and dark chocolate salted almond bar. And one small tub of cream cheese I carried around all day for my son cause I didn’t know when I’d see it again!

A restaurant front that provided a great photo but not so good food…. thus no link.

And the campus of Pratt…we are keeping an eye on this place for Chloe in a few years.

Look forward to wandering through here again…

I like to know if I have a beauty care emergency I can go here night or day… Can’t sleep? “Must get a massage”.  Late night drinking and dancing? “How about a pedicure”? This place offers 24/7 365 days a year. InSAnE!

Cool place…

Another cool place…

And back to basics… my view of the Empire State Building.

And more importantly, across from the Empire State Building, the shoe store where I couldn’t decide between these two shoes. See poll at end…

And a beautiful foyer at Bloomingdales… but a little disappointed when I felt up virtually all the petals to find they were silk. I suppose live flowers would be terribly impractical, but so much of NYC is.
Back of a man who’s self expression roared like a lion…(or leopard)
Moving on to Central Park…
Central Park ….Boat house cafe across the pond.
Seals at the Central Park Zoo…
 And these guys stood here watching a squirrel for an eternity. I loved how their owner just let them indulge in their moment!
I’d like to peek inside these beautiful doors on the upper east side… around 71st I think…
So to end this post… if you’ve made it this far. I’d love to know your honest opinion about these shoes. Not the jeans…. which also were not someone’s favorite 🙂

15 responses

  1. Great pics, great vacation. I haven’t been to NYC in years. I went many times in my 20s and really haven’t had the desire to go back. But I love going there through the eyes of other people…and through movies.

    I really like the charcoal grey shoes for casual walking…they appear to be the more chic choice. I like Converse sneakers too but you didn’t say what you were buying the shoes for….??? Can you get both?

    And shame, SHAME! on BLOOMingdales for having fake blooms. Good grief.


    • I’m looking for a comfortable travel shoe… I liked the grey ones but those little ropey bits were not so bueno… and to be honest I’m a sneaker girl as much as I try to visualize chic 🙂


      • Hi Wendy,
        great pictures of NYC! Its definitely a place I want to see some day. We missed you last weekend but we understand that we can’t compete with NY
        I wonder which pair of shoes you got – I voted for the converse type!


  2. You know I have heard about a few 24 hour salons in NYC and I keep meaning to go check one out – I really need to see who needs a blow out or a manicure at 3am!!! – however I like my sleep to much to make the effort


  3. Nice …. I’ve traversed that walk on the Pratt Campus many many times. It was a special time and place for the evolvement of our family. Synchronicity at its finest! The vastness of the NYC metroplex is mind boggling and a challenge for all forms of life. Looks like you woofed down a pretty good portion of things in your 4 days. I know how glad Willie was to have you there. The loafers are quite nice!


  4. Empire State Building – what an amazing photo … it’s like it’s moving when I strolled over it. You where a busy girl .. over there – but that’s what NYC is all about. Something about NYC that we don’t find somewhere else.


  5. I like the sneakers best! You sure did get around NYC in 4 days.. and no jetlag??? Love the pictures but had hoped for some with you and Willie in it! So glad you saw Rebecca.. I’ve loved my too brief visits with her in NYC too. And nice idea about Pratt for Chloe!! Love you. Mom


    • No jetlag in NYC, but am struggling a little here… just can’t get to sleep at night. I’ll be ready for Atlanta though. Unfortunately, we didn’t get many humans in the pics… at least ones we know! x


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