promised, here are some thoughts on our Christmas week
trip with our friends Dick and Sally to New York City.
weather was cold, but, we returned home before the great
blizzard struck. We had snow one day, Friday the 22nd,
but it didn't seem to deter the New York Christmas shoppers
who were standing in line to get into 5th Avenue stores
like FAO Schwartz and Tiffany. The day before we left
to come home it was 15F at Noon, a little nippy for
saw The Lion King, which we thought fell short of its
rave reviews. The staging was terrific and costumes
unique, but the music was only so so. I think it's the
kind of thing you want to take your grandchildren to
see, but, don't be surprised if they recognize the plot
as "Bambi revisited". We also saw the Radio
City Music Hall's Rockette Christmas show which is wonderful.
The Rockettes are always great and the show includes
a very moving recreation of the Christmas story complete
with live camels and sheep.
are convinced the best food in the world can be had
in New York. Among the more memorable meals were:
Breakfast at the "14 Wall Cafe" J.P. Morgan's
headquarters was at 14 Wall Street and his former office
on the 31st floor has been converted into a restaurant.
The ambiance, historical significance and very good
food made this a memorable experience.
Dinner at the River Cafe at the foot of the Brooklyn
Bridge. Great food and the most spectacular view of
the Manhattan skyline you'll ever see. Very expensive!!
Brunch at the Waldorf on Christmas Eve day. The most
fabulous spread you ever saw, but, if you have to ask
what it costs you can't afford it.
didn't meet a single person who admitted voting for
Hillary Clinton. The Times was running a series of articles
lambasting her for her Book Deal and for buying the
D.C. mansion. Maureen Dowd did a column on Hillary's
Hollywood friends who were doing a fund raising effort
to give her expensive household gifts before she takes
office and is prevented from taking them.
met some interesting people driving cabs. One 40 year
old man from Bangladesh told Dick his parents had finally
selected a bride for him and he was saving money to
go home to meet her, wed her and bring her back. Life
is simple for Bengalis even in the Big Apple.
took tours of the New York Stock Exchange and NBC Studios.
We were struck with the strength of the Capitalist System
and the phony illusion of television broadcasting. If
it glitters, it's probably gold paint on plywood.
Day Sally, Pat and I went to Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
TV News had reported the Mass would start at 11 AM,
while it actually had started at 10:15. But, we were
moved by the majesty of it even if we weren't there
in time for the collection. Darn!
took a tour of the City on our last day. What struck
us was how the "Pop Culture" has taken over
the minds of the public. The first and longest stop
of the tour was at the townhouse where John Lennon was
shot - from there we were led on a walk to see his Memorial
in Central Park. We were then whisked past the place
where Lincoln made his first speech as President and
Washington made his inaugural address with no time to
linger. The homes of Mia Farrow and Robert Redford were
part of the tour, but, not those of the
Astors, Morgans or Guggenheims.
couple of final thoughts. New York at Christmas is crammed
with people from all over the world, we were told it
is the number one tourist destination during Christmas
week now that the Holy Land is in turmoil. It is clean
and safe and most everybody we met from places like
Munich and Ankara were having a wonderful time and spending
lots of dollars to help the American economy.
you Rudy G. Thank you NYPD. We hope to come back soon.
we hope you all have a wonderful New Year.