Saturday, April 18, 2015

New York City #2

This atmospheric scene greeted us when we popped up from the subway on Friday morning. There is never a dull moment, it seems, in the city. Always something to look at or observe.

Especially people. I could spend all day taking in the people of New York City. I tried to capture as many as I could but it is not always easy to photograph unobserved.

Where are these people going and what is their story? An imagination can run wild!

Another character -- riding the bus:

Our first stop of the day was the Roosevelt Island Tram.

The tram is actually part of the subway system so you can just use your travel card to hop onboard for a several minute ride across the East river to the island.

I loved the views of the city that we got from this different angle.

And the views of the Queensboro Bridge were lovely, even in the light rain.

Here's what we looked like:

Another view of the scenery:

Once back in Manhattan we headed to our lunch stop: the Kings' Carriage House. 

I loved the interior, which reminded me again of Britain.

Here is their stash of china, on the way to the yellow lunch room.

We began with ginger-carrot soup which was so delicious and perfect with the winter-like weather we were having.

Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon on top of a potato cake followed. It was delicious!

Finally, we ordered tea. We were somewhat taken aback that they didn't serve loose-leaf tea, but decided Harney & Sons teabags would be suitable enough. I splurged on Darjeeling, figuring I might walk off enough of the caffeine before nightfall.

A glimpse of the entryway. Upstairs, this establishment boasts several beautifully decorated rooms that are used for corporate events -- Christy even came to afternoon tea here with the women from her church.

Having noticed several thrift stores on the way that reminded me so much of British thrift stores, I coerced Christy into stopping in.

We could have been in Britain when we saw this pristine, vintage Silver Cross baby carriage. The Rolls Royce of infant care. But I didn't manage to convince Christy to buy it.

Here's a glimpse at the inside of the first thrift store. Prices were 5 to 10 times Indiana prices.

I did see this tangerine-melon teapot in the second shop. I was highly tempted to buy it since the price was reasonable. But luggage considerations made me leave it behind. I loved the color and the shape.

Heading toward the MET gave us ample time to observe all the children leaving school with their nannies or parents.

We had less than 30 minutes for the MET, and since I had been before, I opted just to visit the gift store and have a look at all the amazing books they stock.

Oh yes! I wanted to look at each of these books!

There are plenty of food trucks in NYC. Look at the mounds of nuts and the huge pretzels, warm and ready for enjoying on cold spring days.

Christy had some piano lessons to teach so I grabbed some books and headed around the corner to an Ethiopian coffee shop. Delicious coffee!

Then I crossed the street to the little market store to pick out food for dinner.

It is always so fun to browse a food store that I am unfamiliar with.

There was a second grocery store down the street. Pig's feet happened to be on sale! Not that I wanted any.....

While Christy finished teaching I cooked. It's a one-person kitchen!

Cooking is so much fun when you have delicious ingredients and no time constraint. I made chicken with a mushroom wine sauce, roasted potatoes, carrots, and parsnips, and salad with blackberries, goat cheese and an orange dressing.

And of course I always photograph my food!

Our meal ended with tea from McNulty's and some sweet treats.

And that was my second adventure in New York!


Sue said...

We have been thinking of going to New York this summer for our family vacation. We are not very proficient at planning. Thank you for sharing this wonderful information! I also loved reading about Scotland.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

How did you like the Harney & Son Darjeeling? I've thought of trying it. I find their teabags quite good as they hold pretty full leaves.

I love seeing the photos. It is SO different from where I live. Are you reading The Happy Christian? I just agreed to review it.

Anonymous said...

That looks like such a charming apartment!

elizabeth said...

I can see that you've had a time that is was delightful, creative and restful (i.e. cooking with out time constraints!)... I think in NYC a lot of those carriages would be hung out of windows/on minuscule balconies as NYC apt's have little room for such things!

Stephanie said...

Such a fabulous trip! So glad you could go and spend sometime by yourself away from home. (sjn821 on Rav)

Pom Pom said...

How fun! You made a marvelous meal, Heather! Everything looks so interesting!

Anonymous said...

I love the wally dogs on the shelf (I think at the place with the teapots, before Charity Shop no. 1?). And you are a talented cook!

Amy K said...

If you enjoy people watching in NYC you should follow Humans of New York on Facebook. So many stories and awesome photography!