My first trip to the big apple

After two days in Stonington, Phil and I took the train to New York City. Phil has been working with The Laura Pawel Modern Dance company for the last 30 years, performing live solo original compositions for several evening performances each year.

We were so lucky to be able to stay with the Pawels in their apartment one block from Central Park. This is the amazing view from the balcony looking east across Central Park
view from Laura's
and west towards the river.
nyc west
Each evening there were either rehearsals or performances to go to, but each day we were free to explore the city and meet up with friends.

We walked past John Lennon’s former residence the Dakota every time we got on the subway or walked across Central Park. What a gorgeous building.


Across the street in the park, within view of the Dakota, lies ‘Strawberry Fields’ the memorial to Lennon.



It was so classic to see the horse drawn carriages clip clopping through the park.

central park


On our first day in New York, we had lunch with ‘Mistyfuse‘ Iris at Katz’s deli, famous for Meg Ryan’s big ‘O’ in ‘When Harry Met Sally’.katz

The next day we met up with Melly Testa at the Museum of Modern Art, had lunch and saw the exhibit: There Will Never Be Silence: Scoring John Cage’s 4’33” which was of special significance to us since Phil designed an iphone app for the Cage trust, that became available in itunes this year, based on Cage’s 4’33” performance.

melly at MOMA


Each afternoon we took the subway and walked through Little Italy and China town to where the performances were held. How could we resist not stopping for a Canoli when passing windows like this.canolis

libertyA few murals in Little Italy
green guy`

What fun it was to have Melly, her husband David and Iris come to one of the dance performances.melly iris phil david



I loved seeing the city lights as we traveled back across the city late each night, it reminded me of living in Chicago.train station

On our last day in New York City we went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
the met
I loved this exhibit called Ink art: Past as Present in Contemporary China

These giant paper scrolls ‘Crying Landscapes’ painted with vibrant inks were powerfully breathtaking.

crying landscape inkart crying pentagoncrying landscape backBW scrolls

If this exhibit travels to a museum near you, do not miss it!

Phil and I took our last walk across the park, as the day turned cloudy and cold as a winter storm approached, before heading to the airport.central park water

What an amazing trip! I can hardly wait to do it again next year!

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One Response to “My first trip to the big apple”

  1. Chantal says:

    it s a real pleasure for mE to trip with yours pictures thanks yoU
    CHANTAL from france

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