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16 October 2006 @ 07:47 pm
New York  
Here are my goals for my upcoming NY trip:

1. See May and laugh a lot. Shouldn't be a problem.

2. Visit the main branch of the New York Public Library and take a picture of Patience and Fortitude.

3. Visit the Children's Reading Room at the Donnell Library Center and see THE Winnie the Pooh and his friends. This will be a very spiritual experience for me as I believe the Pooh stories are both beautiful and wise beyond words. This will be my 2nd Pooh Pilgrimage, the first being my 2000 trip to the Hundred Acre Wood in England. The only subject I've ever thought I might consider getting a doctorate in is British Children's Literature. And, oh my goodness, I just noticed that they also have MARY POPPINS' UMBRELLA. But I'm getting sidetracked....

4. Eat something authentically New York, like a big hot dog or a bagel or something. What's the most authentically New York food? May?

5. Spend a few hours at the Met. I've wanted to go there since reading From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler about 20 years ago. This exhibit is looking really good to me, too....

6. Wander Central Park. Stop by Strawberry Fields. I've also made some Beatles pilgrimages (on the official Yellow Submarine Beatles Tour (!!!) in Liverpool, and then to Abbey Road in London), so can't miss this one.

7. Ride the Staten Island Ferry. See the Statue. Is it open? Doesn't matter, I just want to see it.

8. Ride the subway.

9. Worship with the Manhattan Church of Christ on Sunday morning.

10. Buy some cheapo souvenirs.

11. Send some postcards.

12. People watch.

I think that's it for now....probably more than enough to keep me busy for about 3 1/2 days.
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Sarahsgauta on October 17th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
It is so exciting and refreshing to "see" you here! I am ever-so-jealous that you get to hang in NYC with MayMay. Not fair! Your to-do list sounds like so much fun. I visited NYC for ONE day about six years ago, it was incredible. My authentic NYC eats included a bagel AND a giant pretzel. Have a fantastic time, and have a very happy birthday!!!
New Every Morningsunderland on October 17th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
Well, it is so exciting and refreshing to see you here! Thanks for your comment--wish you could be in NY with us! This is my first time, and I can't wait. I hope all is well with you and your family--I love reading your blog entries! Post some pictures of Elena and Lydia...
May and I will eat a piece of cake for you. ;-)
mayiwrite on October 17th, 2006 06:19 am (UTC)
1. This is never a problem, laughing a lot.
2. Come to my work after deplaning. The library is a block away.
3. Your sidetracks are awesome.
4. Bagels, hot dogs, pizza, cheesecake: you've gotta try them all.
5. The Met is a MUST.
6. Maybe the John Lennon birthday shrine will still be up!
7. You can see the Statue from the ferry. And this is FREE.
8. Yes. The subway is the only way to go! I'll pay for your Metrocard!
9. We'll make sure you won't get lost ...
10. Those come in obnoxious abundance, no problem there.
11. Those are sold in the same places as the souvenirs.
12. The only way you can't people watch is if you close your eyes...

You are going to have a bonafide blast. I'm very excited to see you!
New Every Morningsunderland on October 17th, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
I forgot about cheesecake.
Well....18 hours from now I'll be pretty darn close. I can't wait to see you! Tell me where your work is and where to go when I get there. Is a taxi from the airport the best way to go?
mayiwrite on October 18th, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Cheesecake!
Yes, I'll help pay your cabfare, because I know it will be a lot, but I want for you to be able to see the skyline coming into the city.

Tell the cabbie to take you to Grand Central Station, 42nd and Lexington. You need to see the inside of this place. I'll meet you there. Call me once you're over the bridge. We'll walk through the station and back to my work. It's about a 7-minute walk. We can drop off your stuff and check out the NYPL! Then, we can wander to your heart's content. Does that sound okay?
New Every Morningsunderland on October 18th, 2006 01:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Cheesecake!
Sounds wonderful! I love to wander.
I have a Long Islander as a coworker and she said she thinks there's a bus I can take from La Guardia...I just looked on their website and there is one that goes to Grand Central Station for $12. I think I'll try that, unless you know of a reason why I shouldn't....
mayiwrite on October 18th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Cheesecake!
That bus sounds good! Let me know when you're getting close, and I'll meet you there!
New Every Morningsunderland on October 18th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Cheesecake!
Okay, I'll call you when I'm on my way--the drop-off address is 125 Park Ave. between 41st and 42nd Street. So I'll just be hanging out roundabouts there....ooh, I just had a flashback to our Chicago "let's meet at the corner of whatever and whatever streets" experience.....do you remember???
New Every Morningsunderland on October 18th, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Cheesecake!
Oh, and I can't believe I said I'd be getting close in 18 hours....I actually forgot that a day has 24 hours in it, not 12. Oh my.