Sunday, July 24, 2022

NYC Adventure Continued!

 NYC Adventure Continues!

Our NYC trip was a three night stay...on Saturday morning we visited the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue and 42nd Street.  I just loved that all over the city there were signs for Summer Reading.  In my years as a librarian I worked on so many Summer Reading programs and always enjoyed the fun.  

Even the library lions ( Patience and Fortitude) got into the spirit!

The walk from our hotel to the library is called "Library Way" and the sidewalk is full of great brass inserts with quotes about books and reading - 

So inspiring and so wonderful for everyone to see.
We always make time to visit the library when in the city...there is always a great display or exhibition  - and it is free.  This time we saw an exhibition called "Treasures' and it was a great display of all the artifacts that have been donated to the library over the years. Here is a link to the library and information about the free, timed tickets.
 The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is my favorite book...
so I was thrilled to see the handwritten manuscript!
And loved seeing the "real" Winnie The Pooh and friends !
There was so much more to well as a small area where you could sit for bit and watch film clips from the library's collection - like a film of Isadora Duncan dancing, or Bob Fosse as a teenager dancing with his parents on the roof of his apartment.
We spent the rest of the day walking around and then got ready for a night out.  We tried to eat outside as much as possible as the television news was urging people to wear masks indoors and outdoors in crowded areas as the variant of Covid was spreading fast.  Our last night we ate at The Hourglass Bistro and we ate inside as the outside seating was in the sun and just too hot.  It was a great meal...first time we ate there but it is now on our list of favorites.  You can read about it here Hourglass Bistro

For our theater adventure that night we chose a non-musical and saw American Buffalo by David Mamet starring Laurence Fishburne and Sam Rockwell. 

I would say it was a comedy/drama...and we really enjoyed it.
Walking back to The Library Hotel we enjoyed the city lights...the Chrysler Building and St. Bart's on Park Avenue looked beautiful.
The next morning we walked back to St. Bart's for Sunday Mass.   I loved that the steps were painted rainbow colors to make sure people knew EVERYONE was welcome.

We loved this welcome to the church and brought it home to share with our church committee.

Amazing mosaics and beautiful building.

St. Bart's has been featured in many's always fun to recognize it when watching a film.
After church we walked back to The Library Hotel and had brunch at the restaurant there, 

Yummy French Toast with lots of berries...

mimosas, and a wonderful husband of 45.5 years to share it all with!

And then, it was time to say goodbye to one of my favorite places on earth, 
Then it was time for a ride back through the Lincoln Tunnel and home to Lancaster, PA.  What a wonderful weekend - we can't wait to return.  
What getaways and adventures are you planning or have you done?  Any plans for the fall season? Please leave a comment and let me know - I love hearing from you !
Thanks so much for stopping by Our New Vista!


  1. It looks like you and your husband had a great time in the city. I like the hotel you stayed in and the places you visited all look great. How wonderful to see some those shows and eat out in nice restaurants. Thanks for sharing your trip with us Ann.

  2. Thanks, Julie - we had not been to NYC in 7 years, so we missed it. We always love the city as we spent our honeymoon there! Thanks for stopping by - hope you have a great week and stay cool!

  3. This is a wonderful recap, Ann! So glad you & your hubby enjoyed a special time in NYC. Our city's library just completed a multi-million dollar renovation that was featured on CBS Sunday Morning yesterday. But nothing beats the old libraries and the smells. Love the exhibit you got to enjoy. Happy trails, and I hope you dodged Covid. We are lying low for the time being, no travels.

  4. Thanks for taking us along on your NYC adventures. It's great you got to see so many shows and visit lots of interesting places. I've never gone into the library. I need to do that!! It looked like such a fun weekend and that hotel looks so cool! That church looked awesome and all of the food and drinks looked yummy!! I don't have any getaways planned. We're working on it!

  5. Jules from sunny FloridaJuly 30, 2022 at 10:00 AM

    Wow! What a wonderful adventure you 2 had AND an awesome way to celebrate your anniversary! As a native NY'er born in West Point reading your blog took me back on a very nice journey! I love the way you spell everything out, providing all the detail for those who may want to take the same journey. Thanks, once again, for sharing. Stay happy and well!

    1. Thanks for stopping by - glad you enjoyed the virtual trip back home !

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