Sunday, July 17, 2022

NYC Adventure


New York City Getaway

We finally made it to New York City!  A trip scheduled for a birthday treat in March 2020 was canceled because of my husband's heart attack.  That was right before Covid began - and our hotel reservations at my favorite place - The Library Hotel  - were nonrefundable.  But, when I explained the situation they were very kind and said we can give you credit to use within a year.   Then Covid hit and still, we thought that it would run it's course and we would be able to visit in March 2021.  We all know that things did not improve, so we were given another year of credit.  We planned to go for our 45th Wedding Anniversary in January 2022.  Then the Omicron variant started up and plays and restaurants were we postponed our trip to July and our 45 and 1/2 celebration!  And we made it !

The hotel is located on "Library Row", just a block away from the big New York Public Library.

As a retired school librarian I just LOVE staying here!  The desk clerks are called librarians, the check in desk looks like a card catalog.   We have stayed here before and always are surprised by what room we land in.  Each of the 10 floors is dedicated to a category of the Dewey Decimal System...and each room is designated with a Dewey classification number.  The books and art in the room reflect that subject.

This time we were on the 8th floor - 800 being the Dewey Classification for Literature...

and there it was, projected on the wall, as we got off of the elevator.

Our room was 800.002, The Classics !

We found a lovely surprise of wine and chocolates from our dear friends who knew we would be celebrating in the city.

This was a deluxe Queen room...there are smaller rooms and some suites.  In general the rooms are small...but very well appointed.

Lots of books - all classics.  Here John is reading me the first line from a book he picked off of the shelf to see if I knew the title....I did!  Dr. Zhivago!

The bathrooms are smallish, but very nice.

Lots of nice toiletries...

And a little vanity area, too.

We arrived late in the afternoon and after getting into our room we made our way to the Reading Room...where there are always snacks and this wonderful coffee machine that makes a cappuccino at the press of a button!

After a quick break we were off to explore the city!

We enjoyed some great NYC pizza, 

Loved the big billboards promoting summer reading,

then headed to the theater to see The Book Of Mormon.  Very funny, very irreverent, and fun. Masks were encouraged, but not required - we wore ours inside every theater and in crowded out door places.

Next morning we enjoyed some fruit, an energy bar, and of course, a cappuccino...then headed out for a long walk to the High Line and Little Island.

Little Island is a park set on these white tulips in the Hudson....walking trails, interactive music and art, and just a beautiful spot!

Then a long, meandering walk back to the hotel through many great streets and sights.
Then dinner ( outside seating ) at a La Rivage on Restaurant Row...
Seafood bisque
A great cocktail
A toast to 45 and 1/2 years...

Salmon dinner

and a FABULOUS show.

End of our first full day in NYC...we were exhausted but it was wonderful.  More adventures in NYC in the next blog post.
Have you been to New York City ?  What is your favorite thing to do/eat/see in the city?  Please leave a comment below - I love hearing from you!  


  1. This is a great time, I’m sure! I’ve been to NYC only once, and that was this past April 29-30 prior to boarding the Queen Mary 2 to sail to Southampton, UK. I enjoyed breakfast at Tea and Sympathy, lunch at Fraunce’s Tavern, dinner at Sardi’s. Walked around the Washington Square Park area as grandson will be attending NYU in September. I look forward to your future posts!

    1. Nellie, that sounds like the perfect start to you Queen Mary trip. That area of the city is so nice that your grandson will be there. Have a great week !

  2. Hi Ann, oh that hotel sounds wonderful and I love that you had the classics room. I'm glad you both finally got your trip to the city. How nice to see those 2 plays and walk the high line and see little island. I hope to see a play for my bday in December. It's been a few years for me since Covid hit as I would go ever year for me bday. I've been to the high line but I'll have to visit little island in the fall. I was in the city this weekend for a wedding at Tribeca Rooftop which was beautiful! I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park 2 weeks ago which is one of my favorite museums and I loved going through some of CP. There is just so much to see and do in the city. I look forward to your next blog post.
    Julie xo

  3. Hi Julie - thanks for stopping by! Oh, a rooftop wedding must be beautiful. The rooftop lounge at our hotel ( Bookends!) was closed for several hours on Saturday and I think it was for a wedding, too. A New York City wedding sounds so romantic. I love CP, too....and we did not get there this time....hope to return to the city again, soon. What show would you like to see for your birthday ? Have a great week!

  4. What a fun trip. That hotel looks amazing. I love all of the details. I would love the reading room and that cappuccino maker. Book of Mormon is very irreverent but great. I've wanted to see Come From Away. I can't believe it's closing soon. I need to get there. The food and cocktails look delicious. I like seeing shows and going to restaurants in the city. The High Line is cool. I haven't been to the Little Island yet but I want to go.

    1. Yes, Book of Mormon was much more raw than we expected, but funny. We just LOVED Come From Away...what an inspirational story and the way they staged it was amazing. Hope you get there soon!

  5. I am lucky in that I live across the river in NJ and have been able to visit regularly. Since January, we have finally gotten to see the 3 Broadway shows that were postponed due to Covid: Music Man, Plaza Suite, Company, plus Funny GIrl. La Rivage is our favorite restaurant when seeing a show. Come From Away is the most enjoyable and heartwarming show. Glad you got a chance to see it. The Library Hotel looks just wonderful!

    1. Hi Barbara - How great to live so close to the city! And what great shows you saw. We only got the Come From Away tickets before we many good shows. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!


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