I'm back from NYC, exhausted, elated, and inspired!

The week away was a whirlwind! We flew in Wednesday night on the red-eye, tired and happy from a 12 hour shoot the day before. We checked into The Franklin, which is a gorgeous boutique hotel on The Upper East side, and the amazing concierge got us a room...5 hours early. Lucky. I loved the Franklin, with it's deco feel, teeny tiny freight/passenger elevator, and only 50 rooms. The wedding that we were in town to attend had arranged a group rate, so we could afford to go for 5 nights! So decadent and wonderful.

As soon as we had showered and caffeinated we met my parents who made the trip from Toronto to see us and celebrate their 45th Wedding anniversary! They stayed at the W hotel, which treated the lovebirds to an upgrade, champagne, and a fruit and cheese plate! Lucky. After more coffee for all of us, we began our NYC marathon. Our days were insanely packed. I can't even believe that we did half of the things that we did! Our itinerary looked like this...

Thursday: Stroll through Central Park, lunch at The All American Health Food Bar, window shopping uptown, drooling at the gems at Bergdorf's (and doing research, as it is a location in my new screenplay), mozying on over to Moma, checking out the Matisse, exhibit, loving the tunes of the DJ, hanging in the sculpture garden and finally dinner at a hip, inexpensive Asian restaurant called Obao, that we just stumbled, okay staggered into. Late night drinks with the bride and friends in Gramercy.

Slept in, thank goodness. Took the train out to Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, had lunch at an Italian cafe, walked over to Prospect Park, hung out, walked over to Library, trained back into the city, strolled down Broadway towards Soho, shopped at Uniqlo, scored Cashmere sweaters at great prices, made our way to our delicious Italian anniversary dinner destination at Max's at 4th and Ave B. Got back to the hotel around 11:00pm, collapsed.

Brunch at the Standard downtown, walking the highline, Chelsea Market, Chelsea Neighborhood, Soho, Lunch at the Cupping Room, Noho, The East Village, Greenwich Village, dinner in Gramercy Park at Friend of a Farmer, in bed at midnight.

Sunday...Starbucks breakfast and hugs and kisses goodbye to my parents! Next up, the Wedding. What a glorious and beautiful wedding!! So much love and joy! After the wedding, we all gathered at Elaine's, and crawling home, grabbed a slice of Ray's Pizza and feel into a coma at 2:00am.

Monday and Tuesday were filled with meetings and greetings with friends old and new, and much more wandering in the city!! It felt great to walk so much, to be on vacation, to see new things, and old things in a new way and to feel good about returning to Los Angeles. I love our home here, and although I still adore NYC, my desire to live there, is for now, a desire, to visit more often. But until then, a ton of work awaits me!

1 comment:

lynn said...

i heart ny. i can't believe i forgot to go to uniqlo while i was there!!!

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