We have Arrived
Kristina and I have landed in Manhattan.
All spring people have been asking me where we are going on Sabbatical. I tell them, "We are going to an exotic island south of us where they speak a language somewhat like English." Often they look a bit disappointed when the discover that I am only talking about Manhattan, but then I tell them that in some respects it is about as different from Hanover as it could be.
With Robin leaving for college this month, and Will headed off for his senior year at Bard, we are also facing an empty nest -- so we have abandon the nest
August 15 was the long anticipated day of transition. We were to move out of our home in New Hampshire and our tenets to move in. Also we are expected in New York to take up our new place. But as that day approached Kristina told me the "To-Do List", was growing exponentially. So I suggested we leave a day early before that list asymptotically reach infinite. So on August 14 we put Will on the bus to Long Island to visit his Grandparents and take Robin's place -- Robin then heading to NYU. Then late that afternoon we packed our four bags, and slipped out of town.
We spent that night in Brattleboro, Vermont, at a quirky Art Deco hotel called the "Latchis".
Wednesday - August 15
We are storing our car in a garage about three blocks from the White Plains railroad station, from where it is a half our ride to Grand Central Station. A ten minute taxis ride (our bags are rather big) reminded me why are am glad to be car-less in this city.
Our "landlady", met us at the apartment (more details on that below), showed us around the place (15 seconds suffices) and gave us the key. She is also on Sabbatical and subletting to us for a year. Our building is called London Terrace Towers and is a co-op. We got our subletter's ID cards, and then lunch. It has been a long time since Vermont.
There is a farmer's market in Union Square, so we walked over there and bought bread a vegetables. It has been raining, pouring, off and on all day. Then stopped for fish at Chelsea Market. There are a lot of different types of fish on display and we could go a long time without repeating if we wanted to.
The a trip to the rooftop to watch the twilight on the city that never sleeps, dinner and a well deserved collapse.
Thursday - August 16
Lunch in Union Square, back to the Main Library for a while to write. Then out into Bryan Park for a while, and then back to the apartment.
It is a hot and muggy day, so my run north along the Hudson River left me soaked in sweat. All told I think I walked five miles and ran six today.
Friday - August 17
Back at our apartment I took a quick run, this time south along the Hudson, past pier 40, a mysterious place where we are told Robin will practice, to Battery Park City. Afterwards I meet Kristina and we (yes this is hard to believe) got cell phone. The last two people in America without cell phones have given in.
Of course we also slipped a visit to the rooftop in before dinner
Saturday - August 18
In the afternoon we picnicked on a pier which is park of the Hudson River Park, about four blocks from our apartment. Two guys, brothers, joined us at the end of the pier. They set up their chair, their cooler of beer and music and had a grand time talking with us and waving at the boats on the river. The park is full of life on a sunny weekend.
Sunday - August 19
We found some at a market near the American Museum of Natural History, then took them, and a quiche to Central Park where we watched toy sailboats.
Monday - August 20 - my Birthday
I had a nice run along the river to Battery Park, which was chocked with tourist. Then I meet Kristina in Union Square, we went to a bookstore and then "The Tipsy Parson Restaurant" For my birthday celebration.
Someplace there is a indoor pool - but I have yet to find it.
The apartment is cozy, about 500 square feet. That makes it a bit smaller then our first apartment in Lowell. So we will have to be efficient at using what space we have.
Our complex occupies the block between 23rd and 24th street and 9th and 10th Avenue. Our tower is on the corner of 23rd and 9th. The Avenues are busy, traffic and lined with shops. In contrast the street is quite (relatively), tree lined and residential.