Our 35th anniversary in New York City was absolutely great. We couldn’t have made it without Narcie’s play-by-play itinerary. By the way, we need special prayers for her as she has her next MRI on the brain tumor tomorrow, and meets with the doctor on Wednesday. We pray it’s gone!
New York was wonderful – wouldn’t change a thing. The Roosevelt Hotel was superb and right across the street from Grand Central Terminal. On Sunday we stowed our luggage at the hotel and went to Grand Central to buy our week subway passes and ate, passed by the NY Public Library then up 5th Avenue we strolled, stopping along the way at Saks, Tiffany’s, Rockefeller Center, and hot chocolate in the Plaza Hotel after we gazed into Central Park. We went into St. Patrick’s Cathedral and were heartened by the packed-house worship attendance. We hit about every Starbucks the whole trip and we’re not coffee aficionados. Gotta stay warm somehow! Sunday night we went back near Rockefeller Center to Radio City Music Hall and had a super time watching the Christmas Spectacular. Simply astounding!
Monday we took the Green Express to Bowling Green and Fort Clinton for a close-up of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. We had a wonderful visit at the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian, went to the WTC site, Trinity Church, St. Paul’s Chapel, saw City Hall, the Brooklyn Bridge, and then on to Chinatown and the edge of Little Italy.
Then we were about to board the subway back uptown to get to the Empire State Building and then to Macy’s. My nickname could have been “Pockets” the whole trip because I had so many and seemed like I was always searching for something. Anyway, We stood there for a long time with me trying to find my all-week pass. I didn’t want to buy another one, and then finally I gave in and purchased a daily pass. We got on the train with this guy with a cowboy hat. We struck up a conversation and found out he was from Georgia. He was by himself but not for long. We showed him how to get to the Empire State Building and I had an extra express pass. He upgraded us all to the King Kong Observatory, met other nice folks, then went down to the “Sleepless in Seattle” Observatory. He went with us to Macy’s, too – a great guy. We spent a long time in Macy’s then left our friend behind as we made it to Benjamin’s for our Anniversary Dinner. It was wonderful. Then we headed to Times Square for the musical, “In the Heights,” a testimony about community and the human family!
Tuesday found us going all over. We went to the Upper Eastside, saw beautiful Brownstones, the Guggenheim, the Met Museum where we spent hours, then we strolled through Central park, including a rickshaw to get us the last little way to the “Strawberry Fields” tribute to John Lennon. We stopped at the Tavern on the Green then headed to Columbus Circle and went uptown on Broadway to Columbia University, Barnard College, Union Theological Seminary, Riverside Church, and the God Box (Inter Church Center), plus Grant’s tomb. Then it was hustle back downtown to Times Square on the Red line to the black S shuttle over to Grand Central so we could get ready for the Nutcracker at Lincoln Center. It was beyond words. I had seen the Nutcracker in Philadelphia years ago and this was better than I had remembered in every way!
On Wednesday, our day of departure, we decided against the UN and headed back to Rockefeller Center to see the ice rink up close, go into the NBC Store, and eat downstairs on the concourse. We had a great trip to the airport then wouldn’t you know it, there was our friend from Georgia with his cowboy hat. We had different flights, hours apart, and there we were together again at JFK. We shared a Starbucks, talked, and even shared a prayer. We called him on Christmas Day to wish him well. God works in mysterious ways!
We saw God’s providence every step of the way, just like our marriage, and it was beautiful to behold. Emmanuel – “Best of all, God is with us!” P.S. More photos on my Facebook page.