For weeks the granddaughters and I have been excited about our trip to New York City. I was especially thrilled that they wanted to spend some of their spring break having another adventure with me. Things, however, didn’t turn out as planned thanks to the current scare permeating the globe.
We arrived in the city Wednesday evening with no plan other than to have a nice dinner. The real fun, shopping, exploring Soho and enjoying theater, would begin the next day. Luckily we got a fairly early start Thursday and managed to cover a lot of ground before everything started to fall apart. By afternoon every public place in the city announced it was closing. Especially disappointing was the news that theaters were included as we had tickets for two performances. With all that was going on around us, it didn’t make sense to stay in New York, so home we came disappointed our adventure was shortlived.
With what time we had, we determined to do as much as possible so that all would not be lost. We hit the streets early to see what we could see. An early observation was that virtually any blank wall became an artist’s canvas. Not all will be as fortunate as Basquiat whose graffiti art led to fame and fortune.
Soho is wonderful to share with teenagers because it is filled with small boutiques offering different looks from chain stores. I mean how many places do you spot a wonderful shop specializing in nothing but laundry products and find it fascinating?
The girls, of course, had a ball trying on outfit after outfit and putting together looks that only the young can pull off. I have to admit to feeling a little envious of their youthful beauty.
Before leaving Friday afternoon, there was enough time to take a quick run to Hudson Yards, a newly developed area on 10th Avenue that is filled with upscale shops and eateries for every taste.
Hudson Yards is connected to Chelsea by the High Line, about a one mile walk on an abandoned rail line. It is a delightful way to glimpse street life and activity on the Hudson River.
By the time we got to Chelsea, there was little time to explore though we did stop at Diane Von Furstenberg’s showroom to check out the gallery space devoted to depictions of women. Before it became such a hip spot, I lived in Chelsea so it is amazing to observe all the changes that have made it such a special area.
No matter the length of time one spends in New York, it is always a treat. What was so different this time was its quiet. There were fewer people on the streets and in shops. In some ways, that was a positive but the reason was disquieting. What the world is going through right now is staggering, and to all of you I send love and hope for your health.