An Evening in New York City
(I started this blog post in November and am just getting around to finishing it up.)
As far as cities go, the Big Apple never fails to inspire, and my recent trip there was no exception. With a visit to the Highline, drinks at an inviting neighborhood bar, coffee and conversation in a classic coffee shop, and a meal and show at a great venue, it was an stellar night in the city.
Mike and I were in good hands as my cousin Frank and his wife Clara took care of all of our arrangements. All we had to do was follow along and this worked out perfectly as you can waste a lot of time finding your way around if you aren't familiar with the city. This was Mike's first time on the Highline and his first trip to New York City in decades, and having knowledgeable local hosts was ideal.
In many of the world's biggest and most dynamic cities, it is possible for the intrepid traveler to find a natural oasis. In New York, that spot is the Highline, where we started off our time in the city. It was great to wonder the abandon railroad track and see the urban meet up with the natural environment. My first visit to the Highline was a few summers ago and it was interesting to see the change in vibe during the fall. We arrived during the last few hours of day light and it was twilight when we left. Between the changing light, fall colors and crisp fall air, it was wonderful time for a stroll. Gone were the sunbathers and other folks just hanging out as in summer. Rather, people walked purposefully stopping to enjoy the art work and installations. Below the Highline, neighborhoods gentrify offering boutique hotels, neighborhood bars and lively markets. Between the regularly changing series of public art along the walking path and the lively energy that often fills the air in New York City, a stroll along the Highline is a must-do during any trip to the Big Apple.
|Brass Monkey, as seen from the Highline|
|City Winery, NYC|
I had heard of the City Winery for many years and it has developed a reputation as a great place to see a show. The venue seats just a few hundred people, and with an elevated stage and elevated seating in the back, there is not a bad seat in the house. The line-up of upcoming shows was impressive and I do hope to make it back there sometime in the near future.
If I had gotten around to finishing this back in November, I could have told you about what we had for dinner and what the band was like and all of the details you'd hope to hear when reading about a night out for dinner and a show. Instead you are left with a brush-stroke image of a notable concert venue I visited during a great trip to the city. The main point is, everything mentioned in this blog post is worth doing. Don't worry about the details, just get out there and visit them for yourself.
Also seen along the Highline...