Here are a few more places in New York City we really enjoyed.
The Frick Collection is in the beautiful family home of Henry Clay Frick. This is one of the few remaining “Gilded Age” mansions left in NYC. The house is as impressive as the art. Sorry, no pics allowed inside.
We took a tour of the Gracie Mansion. This lovely home was originally the country house of a prosperous New York merchant. Built in 1799, it has been enlarged and restored several times over the years. The mayor of NYC may choose to live here but there’s not much privacy. The house is used for all types of City functions, something almost every day of the year! No pictures allowed inside here either but they do have pictures on their web site along with a bit of history. www.nyc.gov/gracie
We went to a concert at the W.M.P. (Workshop for Music Performance) The small concert hall is located in the back of a violin shop in the flatiron district. The series was called “Strad for Lunch” and we heard a Scottish fiddler from Brooklyn, Colum Pasqua, and pianist Susie Petrov. The special thing about this series is that it features a Stradivarius violin. That’s not the usual fiddle for Scottish music! It was a great concert and I bought their CD.
The Tenement Museum offers a variety of tours that tell the immigrants’ story through their eyes. We toured the restored three room apartment of an Irish family that lived here in the 1860s. Again, no pictures inside but if you are interested there are pictures on their web site with more info. http://www.tenement.org/tours.php
Tenements are actually apartment buildings housing unrelated families. The lower east side of Manhattan is filled with them.
In this neighborhood is the Jarmulowsky Bank building, where immigrants deposited (and eventually lost) their life savings and the Daily Forward building, where socialists fought for worker rights.
Chinatown is here too.
We had fabulous dumplings at Prosperity Dumpling.
“When Harry Met Sally” was filmed at Katz’s Delicatessen.
Russ & Daughters is famous for their caviar and smoked fish.
It’s an interesting international neighborhood.
A trip to NYC is probably not complete without going to the Empire State Building.
We could see people ice-skating in Bryant Park!
Here is Central Park, Times Square, Macy’s, Flatiron and the Chrysler Building
Another highlight was the Rockettes’ show at Radio City Music Hall.
They finished the show with a Christmas number that included real live camels and sheep!
wouldn’t that be something?!