Wednesday, July 22, 2009

NYC ~~

Took the train into Manhattan yesterday to meet my
BFF Josie, who also happens to be my cousin,
for shopping, dinner, and a show.
She had bought us tickets as a Birthday present to me. (((hugs)))
What a started raining like cats, and dogs as
soon as I got out of the car to make my way
to the platform to catch the train into the city.
Its a long walk, dodging rain drops, puddles,
and car splashes. I was sopping wet with squishy feet,
the whole ride into Grand Central. Its only about an hour and
10 min ride in, somehow I pretty much
dried off by the time I arrived. Met my cousin at the
info desk as I have done since we were kids.....we have
traveled that train line ... her up to visit me in CT... for weeks during
the summer, and me down to visit her in
NY for weeks all by our selves since we were eleven.
(What Were our Parents Thinking lol )
Now I know it was a different time back then,
plus we were so determined to spend time with each other
I'm sure we were very persistent !!!
Josie had taken the bus in from Brooklyn to met me.
We went down to the lower level, and had a little snack right at
GC, then breezed through a few great shops...
like the Food & Flower Markets then out to the streets we went.
Our first stop was at Saint Patrick's Cathedral...simply awe inspiring,
I had been by many times, but never inside..we did the tour,
said a few prayers
and out we went. Stopped in The American Girl store for a look
around and to check out the newest historical doll recently released,
Rebecca Rubin.
(my 8 yr old granddaughter Taylor just loves the dolls, books, & movies)
Went into Saks and drooled a little over everything
I would never spend that kind
of money on Baubles, Bangles, and Beads lol ...
for those prices I want to bring home a wonderful
old primitive cupboard. A very sharply dressed
man spritzed us with a new scent that started at $62.00 a bottle,
it was Giorgio Armani's "Idole"
( I called Saks today to get the correct
name..cause I cant get the smell out of my head it was just heavenly)
we sniffed our arms that whole day
mm-mm we smelled good.
We proceeded to go in and out many stores...marveling at
the wonderful clothes, shoes bags, and
beauty products that can be found on Fifth Ave.
Our next stop was Trump Towers...really we just wanted out of the rain
for awhile, we had a relaxing glass of wine, and laughed over the
fact that Paul McCartney was in town for a concert
the last time we saw the Beatles our tickets cost maybe $7.00
now front row
tickets to see Sir Paul were going for $5,000 a pop.
We were on to our next destination...which was supper. It was a surprise
to me where we were headed...not that I know one place from the next,
but Josie kept the name a secret knowing I would probably google it
and find out the scoop. The name of the restaurant is
"Ellen's Star Dust Diner" the main attraction here is the whole
staff .... all the waiters and waitress in
"Just as good as Pros" on Broadway.
We walked in at the right time, cause they were filled up in no
time with a line out the door waiting for a seat.
These kids all have hopes of making it in the industry
and they were loaded with talent, they each took a turn
at the mike as they made
their way around the restaurant....I didn't want to leave....
I was enjoying it so much.
But on to the theater we went....Jersey Boys was the show
we were going to see
(the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons)
and what a show it was, for
almost three hours we took a trip down memory lane..with feel good,
dance in your seat music.
The actor (Jarrod Spector) who played lead singer Frankie Valli
had as good of a voice .... if not better than
Frankie had in his Hey Day. If you get a chance to see
the show don't pass it up. It was now 10:00 when the show got
out and we were pretty much pooped so we hailed a cab and
took a short ride to the bus stop to drop
off Jo and then to GC for me.
All in all it was a Wonderful day, mostly cause I got to spend it
with my Bestest Cousin & because
it was filled with laughter & music just as all the other days we have
spent together growing up and older.
Thanks for a Great Day Cus...Love Ya ~~
Since neither one of us are tourist we neglected to bring a camera,
here is a photo of us from way back when
Hope there is someone Special from your Way Back When
Sending Happy Hugs from the Cabin xox

Josie is the one on the left with the sweet smile,
I'm the one on the right.


Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

Oh Connie - what fun!! I can just imagine the great adventures you had in the city and how much your cousin loved going to CT. How cool - the country mouse and the city mouse. And to be able to do it still all these years later. You are indeed fortunate. Thanks for sharing that lovely day with us.

hugs, Linda

Janet - underthewillow said...

Wow what a fantastic and memorable day! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful part of your life! Janet

Judy said...

How very lucky to have such adventures with a best friend !! I remember when my best friend went to school at Parson's and I would get on the bus to Philly (from our little town) and catch the 9 pm bus to GC...I would arrive at midnight....oh my WHAT WAS I THINKING !! Of course, 4am in NY is like 4pm in NY !!! AND THAT WAS LONG LONG AGO..!! XOXO, Judy

Judy said...

PS...and what a cutie patootie you were (and still are!!) Judy

Aprons Gone Wild said...

Connie...your post reminded me of my own childhood when my sister and I would ride the train from Brewster to Eastchester, NY to our cousin's house. From there we would often continue on into the city. The Big Apple always seemed a world away from our little country house in Brewster. I was, and still am in awe of the theater and all the culture New York City has to offer.
Happy Birthday to you and thanks for bringing back some memories!

Jo said...