Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Vacation Journal - New York: July 23


way down in bowling green, prettiest girls i've ever seen...


we hopped on the subway friday morning and headed downtown.  we jumped off the train for a quick stop at balthazar's for a coffee and a croissant and then back on the 5 train to bowling green.  



in battery park, they have this huge sculpture entitled "the sphere" in the center of the park with an eternal flame burning before it.  it had once stood in the center of the world trade centers.  after september 11, they removed it from the rubble and placed it here leaving the metal ripped, dented and destroyed.  i love the way they describe it as "an icon of hope and the indestructible spirit of the country."  here is what it looked like before september 11...



and here it is today...



after standing in awe before "the sphere" for some time, we headed to the boat and sailed toward liberty island.



as reluctant as i was to make this trek (pete warned me it takes quite a while to get out there), lucy was desperate to see the statue of liberty and, i must say, she really is something in person...



lucy insisted on posing as the statue of liberty, because, once again, "jack is going to think this is so funny."



oh, and they had binoculars, so i think lucy would have been happy to spend the day there...


after taking the boat back to battery park, we hopped back on the subway to the brooklyn bridge stop, which takes you straight out of the subway and onto the ramp for pedestrians to cross the bridge.  this was definitely up there on my list of favorite things we did.  the brooklyn bridge always reminds me of my grandparents, mame and pop.  when they were first married they lived in brooklyn and mame worked as a secretary on wall street.  she used to tell us about how they would have to decide whether to take the subway in the winter (which cost 5 cents) or walk across the bridge to save the money to go on a date.  they often would walk across the bridge in the freezing cold, just so they could go out for a drink on friday night.  i always loved that story.  i thought of them the whole time lucy and i walked across the brooklyn bridge.  and it really is something amazing to see...


we walked back towards the water on the brooklyn side of the bridge to eat at a famous little pizza place called grimaldi's.  apparently there is always a line to get in, but i thought we might get lucky considering it was 2:00 (in between normal meal times) and starting to rain.  no such luck, people were waiting even in the rain for pizza.  we decided to see how fast the line was moving and lucy happily sat down on the sidewalk with her play cell phone making imaginary calls to audrey and her american girl magazine (she probably looked through this thing 27 times over the course of the whole trip... definitely one of the best things we picked up.  and it was free.).



we weren't lucky enough for no line, but we were lucky enough to be the only party of two waiting for a table, so the hostess went down the line until she got to us and we got right in.  lucy kept asking why "that girl let us in before all those other people?"  i told her it was probably because she thought lucy looked like such a nice little girl and could tell she was hungry.  she enjoyed that being the reason.  lucy also thought it was hysterical that you sat at long tables right next to other people that you "don't even know."  i love the things she gets a kick out of.



after pizza we got ice cream at the brooklyn ice cream factory right on the pier (this was a trip of many treats).  lucy loved running around the pier, looking up at the bridge and across at the city.  unfortunately there were no binoculars, but there were two different wedding parties being photographed, so she thoroughly enjoyed openly staring at watching the beautiful brides.



then we walked through the brooklyn bridge park (this park was amazing for anyone heading to new york with kids) and played on the playground.
lucy never wanted to leave these "spinny things" but after about 45 minutes on the playground, i started to get nervous that we should head back soon, before she hit a wall. 



 we walked back across the bridge and got back on the subway to go home.  lucy loved the subway.  she wanted to ride it anywhere we were going and never wanted it to be our stop.  ("this is our stop."  "not yet!").  she was happy to be on the subway, but not happy when i told her we were heading back to loretta's for the night.  "can we please go somewhere else?"  she was asleep in a matter of seconds once we were on the subway.  


at our stop, i woke her up and she groggily walked back to the apartment.  once there, she got a second wind and begged to go to central park for a little bit.  loretta looked up the playgrounds with water features and lucy threw on her suit and the three of us headed to the park.  she played with a ridiculous amount of energy as if she hadn't just been all over the city and back in the last two days.  
i think there is just something magical about this city.  perhaps it supplies you with never-ending energy...  at least it seemed to for lucy.
and central park is kind of like a dream.


as it started to get dark, we overheard the ladies next to us at the park talking about going to serendipity 3 for a late night treat.  serendipity is known for their frozen hot chocolate, which i had already told lucy about and she asked if we could go get a "late night treat" as well.  so, lucy, loretta and i hopped in a cab and headed over to serendipity.  we walked in to discover an hour and a half wait.  no thank you.  just up the street was the most insane candy store i have ever seen in my entire life, dylan's candy bar (apparently it is owned by ralph lauren's daughter, dylan lauren).  they have an ice cream parlor on the second floor that also serves frozen hot chocolate...  in possibly the most decadent forms imaginable...



we barely made a dent in this calorie-filled, marshmallow-galore frozen hot chocolate... thank goodness.



a lovely, quiet ride on the subway to end another perfect new york day.

5 comments:

Jess said...

OK so I think your blog is adorable! I found it through Willows and then quickly realized that I met you at Martin Sexton show with Mary and Patrick. We do their hair:) By the way I love your hair in these NY photos. You cut it and went darker? looks great! So I am commenting because I am obsessed with Lucy's bathing suit!! Where can I get one of those gems?

jack, lucy and finn said...

thanks, jess. as for the swim suit... for your daughter you can find that gem at target. for yourself, i will have to look into it :) just peeked at your blog... your girls are adorable!

dreamday said...

looks like a fabulous time! i'm going to nyc in october and will most likely have a few days to myself. this gives me courage :)
ps-back to clothes... anthro dress, yes?

becca said...

please tell lucy that i completely relate to her over-excitement to all things new york, i too am really excited just to ride the subway and hear the musicians in central park. i just hope i can muster up the energy she had. p.s. em, your photos are AMAZING. and I want to go to there, now.

jack, lucy and finn said...

dreamday - yes, to the anthro dress. i grabbed it off the sale rack just before leaving for nyc. happiness :)