Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Room with a View: New York City for my Birthday

"A Room with a View: Morning on 47th Street"
6" x 9 " Watercolor Sketch
New York City, NY

New York City glows with Christmas lights on my birthday

Bob and I at Radio City Music Hall for the Rockettes Christmas Show

Bob planned a whirlwind long weekend trip to New York City for my birthday. I must say he is a most competent travel planner and outdid himself with his generosity. While there we stayed at the Lexington Radisson on the corner of 48th and Lexington, just a few blocks from Grand Central Station. Of course, I had to add to my "Room with a View" sketch series. Our room was on the 19th floor overlooking 47th Street. I was intrigued by the angles of the heating and air conditioning system backed by a small patio with some flowers (artificial perhaps) and sky scrapers. I took my usual art bag with tiny sketch pad, pens and pencils, Koi pan paints with water brush, and a bound Moleskein watercolor journal.

While there we had family time with one of my sons from Vermont, Bob's daughter Deborah and boyfriend Ryan living and working as lawyers in the city, and Ryan's parents who live in New Jersey. My special gift was seeing the Broadway play, "The Book of Mormon." It is hilarious and irreverent, with great musical numbers. I was certain I would be struck dead on the spot because I enjoyed it. The play won many Tony awards and is authored by the South Park guys. Need I say more?

We also got tickets to the Rockettes on Monday morning. They've been doing a Christmas show for 79 years and they have updated it with the times. There were many wonderful effects, including lots of views of New York lit up for the season. There were many children in attendance and they loved the show.

New York City is magical during the holiday season. I've been there the other three seasons, but not winter. We marveled at the tree in Rockefeller Plaza and decorations on the high end shops. We did lots of walking and in some places, the crowds were so thick that it was difficult to get through. People were kind and I was offered seats on the subway by two different young people (I think this might indicate that I look like a senior!).

We took the red eye home on Jet Blue. San Jose is the tenth largest city in the country, but our busy airport has very few direct flights to the East Coast. There are more from San Francisco and Oakland, but Bob and I like to take public transit to our airport, which is much closer. Jet Blue is our favorite run from the "left" to the "right" coast where we have a lot of family.


hw (hallie) farber said...

Happy Birthday. New York is a wonderful city--what a great gift.

I've read reviews of the play; I think I would laugh a lot. I was surprised to learn that the South Park guys have worked together since college.

Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday Mary! What a grand sounding long weekend you had! I would love to do all those things you did too. Just pure fun! Hope the flight home went smoothly.

Barbra Joan said...

Happy Happy Birthday Mary...
What a wonderful surprise Bob gave you and I must say, it brought back so many memories..
I don't know if you've ever read that letter to my dads on my blog.. One of the thing I mention is the Radio City Music Hall.. I was about 10 years old the first time he brought me there. Right then I was going to be a dancer on the stage. Who knew I would only grow to be 5 ft tall !!?... LOL ! there went that dream.. !! BJ Barbra Joan .

Tim Robinson said...

Happy belated birthday Mary! I hope you enjoyed your time in New York. What a wonderful present.

Nina Jørgensen said...

oooh this sounds so lovely!! I am very jelaous, I love new york!!! Must have been great...have you read Virginia Woolf's book?!
And happy birthday!