The Empire State Building
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Allan had only one small request: Eat a real NYC hot dog from a vendor in the street.
His company supplied us with tickets for In the Heights, a Tony award winning, upbeat and very entertaining Latin musical. The comical characters are endearing and the music will make you move!
On a side note, the play takes place in the part of Manhattan where my dad grew up. I really connected with the characters and their stories since I could relate them to my dad’s memories and experiences of Washington Heights.
Our meals were also provided by Allan’s company. On Friday evening, we dined at 5 Ninth. The exposed brick walls and narrow iron staircase of this romantic restaurant gave a comfy feel of an old tavern. Our table over looked the worn cobblestone roads of Ninth Avenue in Chelsea.
Even though our wine glasses never went empty, they should have been paired with a better meal. Honestly, the food was a bit disappointing. Dining in this culinary paradise, I held NYC to a higher standard. Unfortunately, I have had better meals here in Tampa.
Being a business trip, we were obliged to attend a banquet on Saturday evening which served an atrocious meal at the W Hotel. Simone (my sister) and Matt (her husband) also attend this business trip and were forced to attend the banquet as well, but for me, it made the evening more palatable.
We also had a few pints at the oldest ale house in NYC, McSorley’s. To honor it properly, McSorely’s will get its own post. More on Mc Sorley’s another time!
As we drove through Queens to JFK on Sunday, I gave Allan a tour of my mom’s old ‘hood. Allan enjoyed putting a face to the places in my mom’s stories of life in Rego Park and Forest Hills.
Even though it rained for most of the trip, I truly enjoyed our spring time trip to the Big Apple. With patches of tulips and blooming Redbud trees, I’ve never seen the city so alive with color!