Tuesday, June 28, 2016

June 16, 2016 Wandering Aimlessly In NYC With Friends

We spent our afternoon walking through Greenwich Village, Chelsea and the Meatpacking District with our friends, Tom & Laurie. If I remember correctly, these houses from the 1800's were on Grove Street.

Christy on Bleecker Street

I definitely did more talking today than take pictures. It's been a few years since we've seen Tom & Laurie so we had a lot of catching up to do as we walked through the city. I expressed my dismay several times about tearing down grand old buildings and replacing them with soulless metal and glass condos. This building has incredible craftsmanship with beautiful details that are ornamental instead of functional. Because the old world builders took pride in how the building looked to those that passed by. Very few new buildings impress me in that way.

I blamed my mother for all the stoops we saw chained off in this area. Whenever she walks through these neighborhoods with us, she always wants her picture taken on the stoops. The owners probably got tired of strangers on their stoop and now no moms are allowed. 

More artwork on a building.

We walked along the High Line which is an abandoned raised freight rail line that has been converted into park land on the west side of Manhattan. These pictures were taken along the High Line.

The High Line is partially responsible for rejuvenating interest in the area...as seen by the many new residential buildings in the Meatpacking District and Chelsea. 

Words of wisdom...on a building.

We ended up downtown and walked down Broadway to Battery Park. We stopped at Trinity Church to pay our respect at this grave site. My grandfather first brought me here about 40 years ago. Back then tourists hardly ever stopped here. But now thanks to Lin-Manual Miranda...

...everyone stops here.

I have always loved being in old cemeteries... 

...and this one is still open to the public.

One World Trade Center from Battery Park

After relaxing on benches overlooking the harbor and the Statue of Liberty, we had dinner at the Long Bar on Pier A Harbor House.

Then we headed to Brooklyn to enjoy some live music and drinks at Freddy's in Park Slope. There was a ragtime piano player who was really good. I saw this sign on the way out and since I am such a history dork...I had to take a picture. We walked up Fourth Avenue and found a place for a night cap. Then walked back to Carroll Gardens, where we are staying for the rest of this trip.

We passed this restaurant on Union St...guess what their specialty is...goodnight Brooklyn.

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