48 Hours in NYC

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

DAY 1...  Traveling with our luggage on a train ride into Grand Central from CT, Mr. Ferguson and I quickly jumped into a taxi to unload our belongings at my brother's apartment in the Murray Hill neighborhood. He is a first time home owner, with boxes still to be unpacked, so we spent some time helping organize and decorate his bachelor pad.

First stop, walked up to Stumptown Coffee on 29th & Broadway, with lobby access to the Ace Hotel. Both spaces are designed by Roman and Williams (read more from my previous post here), and needless to say, super cool and the coffee, super delicious....

Stumptown Coffee (above) and Ace Hotel lobby (below)

Next, then on to Rockefeller Center....  Which I'm sure you can imagine was mobbed with spectators - for both the tree and ice skating! But, it is a must visit at Christmas time and always a delight to take in.

Across the street is St. Patrick's Cathedral, an impressive & historic architectural landmark that was all a flurry with activity. The exterior of the building was covered in scaffolding, but the interior is as ever grand in scale with extraordinary details.

The highlight of the day (for me anyway) was our first (and hopefully not last) visit to Eataly. This is my Disneyland! A 50,000 square foot structure that houses all things Italian provisions....  Small sit-down cafes, coffee bar, takeout counter, a dizzying array of meats, cheeses, breads, pasta....  Again, the aisles were packed with patrons, but worth our time spent making our way through a maze of spectacular culinary delights! We started with cappuccinos, and picked up takeout to enjoy at home - sliced meats, cheeses, and bread - a beautiful spread providing the true tastes of Italy.

Final stop of the day, a Broadway show of course! I got last minute tickets to see Dead Accounts....  Which stars Norbert Leo Butz & Katie Holmes. We have previously seen Katie Holmes in All My Sons, with John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, and Patrick Wilson, and she was great in both plays....  But her co-star in Dead Accounts, Josh Hamilton, was who I really wanted to see. I've been a fan since seeing him in the film Kicking and Screaming, from 1995....  Watch the trailer below.

Josh Hamilton (right)

DAY 2 Details In My Next Post....

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