|The Chrysler Building|
Mr. Magpie and I spent last week in New York City, and I decided to take a break from the internet as much as possible while we were gone, which meant much more time for walking, thinking, taking pictures, and, of course, eating delicious food.
We stayed at the apartment of wonderful friends on the Upper East Side. I much prefer this to staying in a hotel, as it provides a home base from which to explore. On this trip it helped me get to know Manhattan much better than ever before. I also spent a full day with my cousin, his wife, and their son, who live in Brooklyn, and they introduced me to fabulous restaurants and sights I never would have found on my own.
Most importantly, Mr. M. and I both got to know the NYC subway system quite well, so I now feel at ease finding my way around, which makes for much more exciting adventures! While he is holed away in the library doing research, I get to go exploring places I have always wanted to visit. I'll have some very colorful photos to show you of sights off the beaten tourist track, but for today, I thought I'd share a few of the more muted shots from the trip. It was quite stormy, cold, and dark for most of the week, and these photos reflect that, especially the ones taken from the Staten Island Ferry. I know most of us imagine seeing the Statue of Liberty in a clear blue day, but there is something quite beautiful about seeing her in the middle of a very messy snow/sleet/rain storm. Mr. M. had family who came to the United States by way of Ellis Island, so I think it was especially moving for him.
|One of the famous lions at the NY Public Library|
|In the lobby of the NY Public Library|
|Looking up in Bryant Park|
|Strolling Bleecker Street in a storm|
|We chose our next house on this street in Greenwich Village ;)|
|Staten Island Ferry Terminal in sleet and snow|
|On the ferry|
|Looking over at the Statue of Liberty|