Mike and Dori arrived on Nov. 9. We had travelled with them to France in May and were excited to share our new home town adventure with them. They were here for four days and we spent our time laughing, talking, and walking (we averaged over 7 miles a day!).
- We saw “Big Fish” on Broadway — a fabulous production with incredible staging and special effects. The star, Norbert Butz, won the Emmy for best actor in a musical and he was terrific. The story centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and his incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him. But his son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. It was a delightful and poignant tale and we all shed a tear or two at the end.
We strolled in Central Park and enjoyed bloody Marys and mimosas sitting outside at the Boathouse.
We viewed Central Park in the fall from the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel at Columbus Circle.
We walked the Brooklyn Bridge, visited the 9/11 Memorial and St. Paul’s Chapel, the Battery, and all bought scarves at a street fair in the financial district near Bowling Green.
We had dinner at Il Vagabondo, an Italian restaurant in our neighborhood. We ended the evening there with a memorable bocce game on a court over 100 years old located right in the restaurant.
On the last night we dined at Becco, an Italian restaurant on Restaurant Row. Our table was on a glassed in porch overlooking the street and all the theater-goers.
The lobby was glittering with a massive crystal chandelier and Christmas decorations.
The theater holds almost 6000 people and is known for its acoustics. It felt like we had stepped right into the 1930’s. The show itself was a combination of songs and dancing threaded with a story line. The Rockettes performed many times and were everything we have all come to expect…..glittering costumes, chorus line kicks, and absolute precision. Also included in the show was a gigantic nativity scene complete with two live camels and six live sheep! It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
We ended our final evening together with a nightcap at Beekman Bar and Books, a cozy bar just two blocks from our home. Book cases and books line the walls and Frank Sinatra sang in the background. We sat by the fireplace while the wind blew outside and enjoyed whiskeys together……we felt so New York!