365 Project – 255: Remembering 9/11 as the Freedom Tower continues to rise from the ashes (September 11, 2012)

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I’ve posted several photos of the Freedom Tower from our summer visit to Manhattan but, thought I’d post another one in remembrance of 9/11. Here’s a night scene at Washington Square, full of locals, tourists and talented troubadours,  feeling safe and secure with the illuminated Freedom Tower growing beautiful, strong and tall in the background.   New York City is such a vibrant, incredible city and it’s  inspiring to see its amazing recovery after 9/11.

The Freedom Tower reminds us of what was lost,  but, also lifts our spirits by symbolizing the resiliency and spirit of New York City and our country.

Check out my other posts featuring the Freedom Tower:

* Remembering the World Trade Centers from Governor’s Island and the Freedom Tower
* The Freedom Tower from Castle Williams – Governor’s Island
* Biking on Governor’s Island…and the Brooklyn Bridge
* Day 4 – New York City (American Museum of Natural History, Babbo, Washington Square
* Day 2 – New York (Governors Island)

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365 Project – 240: The best espresso from Caffe Vergnano at Mario Batali’s Eataly – Manhattan, NY (August 27, 2012)

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Oh, to be a barista using this beautiful espresso machine!  My hubby had the BEST espresso ever at Eataly’s Caffe Vergnano.

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365 Project – 239: Bubbly beverage served with din din at Mario Batali’s Eataly – Manhattan, NY (August 27, 2012)

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I asked for a non-alcoholic beverage to pair with my Italian dinner at Eataly’s Seating Point, and this is what they gave me. Yum! 🙂

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365 Project – 238: Tasty, gluten-free desserts at Mario Batali’s Eataly – Manhattan, NY (August 27, 2012)

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Thank you Mario Batali for all the scrumptiousness at Eataly, including these gluten-free melt-in-your-mouth morsels!

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365 Project – 237: Manhattan Flatiron District (August 27, 2012)

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The famous Flatiron building in New York City

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Day 4 – New York City (American Museum of Natural History, Babbo, Washington Square)

Started blogging in a taxi on our way to dinner at Mario Batali’s “Babbo” restaurant and had a nice conversation with our taxi driver who is from Nepal, one of my favorite countries. I love the diversity in this city!! I love the history and culture too, including at the American Museum of Natural History. I have fond memories of school field trips here so it was another walk down memory lane for me. For Nora, she kept wondering if the animals would come alive like in “Night at the Museum”. For sure, the museum is a gem and we’re so grateful for our day at the museum. What else was so awesome? You can enter the museum BY DONATION ONLY!! We paid full price but it’s so wonderful that they make this amazing experience and institution accessible to everyone. So, I have to say it again…I LOVE NEW YORK!!

And, dinner at Babbo? OMG.. serious foodie heaven. I just love and appreciate Mario Batali’s culinary genius even more! The service was impeccable too. Our best food experience so far…maybe ever! A splurge but, worth every penny. Appetizers: arugula salad and beet tartare. Primi: Pappardelle Bolognese. Contorni: heirloom tomatoes and fresh buffalo mozzarella. Secondi: Skirt steak on salsa verde with eggplant and pickled onions. Dolci: pistachio and chocolate semifreddo (my fav), fresh in-house strawberry gelato (Thad’s fav), chocolate hazelnut cake with in-house hazelnut gelato (Nora’s fav). We shared it all family-style and enjoyed the company of another family seated next to us, from Indonesia. Seriously, EVERYTHING, the food, ambience and experience was fabulous!

And, I had fun just taking slice of life photos in Greenwich Village and Washington Square. It was an amazing, comfortably warm evening with views of the Freedom Tower, Empire State Bldg through the Washington Square Arch, the fountain , New York skyline at sunset, and the best people watching. It’s our last night in New York and we’ve loved every minute. For sure, New York City is a family-friendly vacation spot. We look forward to coming back for more!!

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Day 3 – New York City (Radio City Music Hall and Rockefeller Center)

The best part of our morning was sleeping in! 10am here, 7am back in Port Angeles. It’s been fun cramming in exciting New York activities but remembering to chillax on vacation is top priority for us too!

So, not a lot of photos since cameras weren’t allowed during the matinee showing of Cirque de Soleil’s Zarkana in Radio City Music Hall. It just felt like a classic New York experience being in Radio City Music Hall and I flashed back to seeing the Rockettes with my parents for one of their Christmas shows 35 years ago. It felt nostalgic coming back with my hubby and daughter, although Zarkana was definitely contemporary and wowed us all. There were a ton of families treating themselves to the spectacular acrobatic musical extravaganza.

Afterwards we hung around Rockefeller Center shopping, window shopping and people watching. So convenient, and smart, that stores like Lego and American Girl Place are mixed in with all the popular retail stores. And, although I’m not a big shopper, the air-conditioned stores were a welcome respite from the summer heat. We definitely were in full-on tourist mode today but, now we’re ending it with Nora playing Legos and me reading my book in peace and quiet. Balancing the fun and chillaxing…that’s what vacation is all about! 🙂

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Day 2 – New York (Governors Island)

Walked out of the hotel to find out that 7 miles of Manhattan streets are closed to make it pedestrian friendly on Saturdays in August, until 1pm! Via subway we made our way to the Governor’s Island ferry terminal to step foot on the island for the first time in 37 years. It’s Coast Guard Day and we came into town for the Coast Guard Brats Reunion. It was great showing my fam where I lived and taking in the stunning views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Manhattan, the new Freedom Tower, and of the tree-lined historic buildings of the island itself. We hadn’t planned on biking the island but since you could rent adult and kid bikes, and the island is car-free, it was a perfect way to sightsee for our bike-loving family. So, here are some sights from our day, including the delapidated Building 877, where I lived as a pre-teen. We ended our day leaving the island and feasting at Mario Batali’s “Eataly”, but since my iPhone ran out of juice, those pics from my D5000 will get posted after my vacay. It was a full day of fun and fond flashbacks from childhood. So grateful I got the chance to live on Governors Island, even if only for 3 years. It was an amazing chapter of my life. 🙂

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Day 1 – New York City!

On Park Avenue…heading to Central Park. Brownstones like a scene from “Sex and the City.” Working girl hailing a cab while using her iPhone and Mamma Mia billboard on the bus behind her. Thad and Nora in front if The Plaza (no, we are NOT staying there! ), Nora in the lobby of The Plaza . Showing her where “Eloise” lived. 😉

Dinner at Bobby Flay’s “Bar Americain” and tix to “Mamma Mia”. I am in heaven! Summer vacay in New York…lovin it! 🙂

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