New York, NY

My trip to New York came at a perfect time.  I was fed up at work and losing steam at home. Even a few of my friends were starting to notice my anti-social behavior and were beginning to get worried. It was with a guilt-free heart I boarded the train at Union Station for 3-days away from kids, work, and the general life routine.

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NYC subway art

I arrived on Wednesday afternoon and after navigating the subway to my hotel in SoHo, I took a little rest before Crystal came over with some champagne and cheese.  We caught up and enjoyed the bubbly while I got ready for the Opera.  The Opera was just as it should be; hopelessly tragically romantic. I hadn’t been to Lincoln Center to see the Met in a long while (maybe 2002/3? when Royce was in med school doing a rotation at Bellevue) and their production of Eugenie Onegin did not disappoint. I didn’t mind at the least going by myself either. I noticed quite a few solo attendee’s at the intermissions.  After the opera I met Crystal and her friends out for drinks…and before you know it…3 AM rolled around and we were hungry so we headed back to my hotel and ordered some pizza.

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opera night

I blissfully slept in my dark tomb like room til well past 9 the next morning.  Crystal and I met up for breakfast at a cute little throw-back establishment called Peels in NoHo.  We lingered over coffee and biscuits while plotting out the rest of our lazy day that included a lot of meandering in the East Village and SoHo. I finally made it to Purl Soho, a well-known yarn shop which sells luscious yarn and fabrics.

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purl soho

Later that afternoon we wanted to sip champagne a top the Met (museum this time — not the opera) while taking in view of fall in Central Park, but sadly it was closed.  We found a quaint little french cafe though that served our champagne fix purpose before heading back for afternoon naps.  I met up with Crystal and her friends for a birthday party that evening at a fantastic Mexican restaurant, Pulqueria, which was in a tucked away corner in China town.  After dinner we all went to Apotheke (a ‘pharmacy’ bar — no shit) and then to a bar near where Crystal was staying. I have to say I had some fantastic cocktails during my stay but some of my favorites were the sips I had of my friends who ordered cucumber infused vodka concoctions.

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night on the town

Friday morning I was feeling a bit sluggish, but got up and out the door so that I could wander around Mood in the Garment District.  I wish I would have had some projects in mind during my visit because the amount of fabric there is entirely overwhelming. I just browsed though and bought a few things that I can use to make skirts or what not.  Next time I will be better prepared. There was a lot I missed in the garment district actually…little button stores, stores with nothing but zippers and ribbons…and I wish I would have put more thought into my trip by doing a little research before hand.  Next time I will be far better prepared.

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mood designer fabrics

And there will be a next time. I do think I may make this a yearly mecca for opera and fabric.  The 3-hour train up there is so easy; and when you are by yourself, its super relaxing to just sit and read or knit or stare out the window as the scenery passes.  Crystal was a fantastic friend to meet up with there as we sort of did our own thing without being overly dramatic about it.  I really needed the time away from things here — including my friends. I didn’t want to talk about my job or my kids and when you hang out with a bunch of single kid-less people guess what — they don’t ask about those things!  Temporarily, I forgot all about reality and just lived this microcosm NY life for a brief 3 days.  I already can’t wait til next year.

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view from my hotel window


  1. Glad you got a much-needed respite, and sorry you couldn’t take full advantage of the shopping opportunity! A yearly tradition sounds like a great idea!

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