S: Girls in New York
1: Girls in New York November 2008
2: I love shopping and I love New York. What better thing to do than go there with two wonderful friends and enjoy the electricity of "The Big Apple"? Sandee, Carol and I left early one morning to catch the train from Greenbelt to New York City. It was a 3 1/12 hour ride which landed us in the middle of the city at Pennsylvania Station. From there we caught a taxi to our hotel. After checking in, we hit the streets to get half price tickets to a Broadway show. Unfortunately, we listened to someone on the street who told us about a show that had been running for twenty-some years. He said it was good, and the price was right (twenty dollars apiece). We should have known better, but we all thought, if a show runs for twenty years it can't be all bad . Wrong! We were three people of maybe ten in the audience. The show STUNK! But we stayed through until the end. Now we just have a good laugh about the whole thing. Next year we'll see a legitimate, "Big Time' show. Dee Young
3: THE BIG APPLE
5: The Warwick Hotel has been a favorite of Sandee's mother, Virginia, for many years. It is a sophisticated choice among luxury New York City hotels and is perfectly located close to Broadway and numerous New York City attractions and landmarks. Commissioned by William Randolph Hearst in 1926 for his paramour, Marion Davies, to host their many Hollywood and theatrical friends, The Warwick New York Hotel was originally built opposite the Ziegfeld Theater for this very reason. We stayed in the Hollywood Suite which had a living room, 1 1/2 baths, a king bedroom (I slept on a comfy rollaway) and a wrap around balcony overlooking the city. Verrrry nice!
7: Rockefeller Center and the Today Show Since we were in NYC, we decided at the last minute, to visit the Today Show. Meridith Viera was very warm and greeted all the people on the street with open arms. We all called home to make sure our loved ones were watching. Only Dave and Dan actually saw us in the crowd.
9: We had a beautiful breakfast at a restaurant overlooking the skating rink at Rockefeller Center, before heading out to Carlyle for some serious shopping.
10: Tavern on the Green We had to have lunch at this landmark before we flew home. Our three days in the city were wonderful and we vowed to make this a yearly ritual.
11: Girls in New York November 2009
12: The Warwick Hotel Once again Sandee, Carol and I trained to NYC and stayed at the Warwick. We were unable to get the Hollywood Suite this time, but were quite happy with the suite we got.
13: Here we are at breakfast all ready to hit the streets. We walked to Carlisle since our hotel was only a few blocks away. We did little damage at Carlisle, since the prices are so good, especially with Carol's coupons. Quality clothing for less!
14: One day we lunched at Becco, a delightful Italian restaurant, on W. 46th. After lunch we enjoyed a Broadway matinee, Wicked. We rushed back to the hotel afterwards, and got dressed for our dinner reservations at 7:30. We never miss a meal. .
17: We thoroughly enjoyed our meals at The Russian Tea Room...pictured here, Twenty-one...were we like to go at least once during our visit, and Fig and Olive, which was recommended by a friend. The streets of New York are crowded and dirty, but so full of electricity that it makes you feel so very much alive.
19: Shopping on the street and finding a bargain is always great fun. However, we also shopped for higher end items like French Soles. We seem to gravitate toward this store each year. The shoes are very cute and, oh, so comfortable.
20: Our few days in the big city are over for another year. Our new treasures are either in our suitcases or being shipped home. Great Fun, Great Memories! ......to be continued.
22: Girls in NYC December 7,8 &9, 2010
23: Once again the three of us were off to the Big Apple. This time Carol and I took the train from New Carrollton, and Sandee arrived by air from Florida. We met at the Warwick around 1:00pm, checked in, had lunch at Rudolph's and hit the streets shortly thereafter.
24: The city was filled with tourists for Christmas. The wind and the cold didn't keep us from seeing the festive sights.
25: Christmastime in New York
26: The vendors were out in full force, which is something we really love. Carol must have bought a dozen very cute little knit hats for her girls. These head coverings are all the rage in NYC. I bought one, too, for Anna. A very friendly,chatty vendor, took our picture.
27: The first evening we saw Billy Elliot on Broadway. It was excellent. Before the show we had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Becco.
29: One of the highlights of each year is our visit to Carlisle. This is a higher end women's clothing outlet in which we find wonderful bargains. Often we buy things that we never wear, because we can't resist their outstanding prices.
30: French Sole is another favorite of ours...SHOES!
32: Twenty-one is one of our favorite restaurants. We always dress up one night and have a lovely dinner there. | "21"
33: After our night on the town we usually kick back in our suite, have another glass of wine and laugh a lot. Here Sandee and Carol model their fur collars with their jammies.
34: The heart of Christmas in New York begins with the giant tree at Rockefeller Center. Sandee went to mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
35: We went home with a few more things than we arrived with. How did we ever get all this stuff into our suitcases?
36: Our last hurrah in the city was a lunch at a delightful restaurant suggested by the concierge. | Here we are ready to catch a cab to go home.
37: Once again our annual trip came to an end. Our train for home was fifty minutes delayed, so we sat and waited in the commuter lounge. We had a red cap take our luggage to the train when it arrived. He was a big help with all our heavy bags. Dave was waiting for us when we arrived in New Carrollton. From there we drove to the Club to meet Dan and Brian for dinner. Dinner was a nice way to end our wonderful trip.