|L. to r.: Grandchildren Morgan, Maxx, Riley, Brooke, |
Kiara, Lindsey and Gerry
But I have found something that takes this to a whole new level - being a Grandmother.
One of my favorite thoughts is, “Grandmothers are moms with lots of icing.” It is the “icing” that I enjoy sharing with my grandchildren.
But all is forgiven as we are graciously welcomed by the Sheraton’s (53rd & 7th) check-in staff that, upon hearing this is Morgan’s first NYC adventure and witnessing her obvious excitement, treat us to lovely upgrade.
Morgan has a way of making magic happen!
|Morgan at "Strawberry Fields" Memorial in Central Park|
Good choice Morgan!
Our "pedal-man" is a Russian immigrant who has been in the USA for two years and gives us an excellent – although chilly – tour of Central Park. My favorite site, “Strawberry Fields,” took some explaining as Morgan only knew John Lennon as one of the Beatles.
|Morgan on "Top of the Rock"|
We enjoy walking around Time Square and the streets of the theatre district taking in all the twinkling Christmas decorations and odd assortment of street performers.
We stop in the giant M&M store, visit Rockefeller Square to see the gigantic Christmas tree and stop to watch the ice skaters.
And then . . . gaze down on all of this magnificent city from the “Top of the Rock.”
The backstage tour let Morgan meet a “real” Rockette and learn the fascinating history of the troupe and the Radio City Music Hall. Did you know that the Radio City Music Hall is the largest indoor theatre in the world and its stage, built in 1933, is considered to be the most perfectly equipped in the world?
|Morgan and Woody Allen|
We take a subway ride to Ground Zero and tour the Trinity Church which served a house of respite for the first-responders during the 9/11 tragedy.
That evening we stroll through Little Italy and Morgan picks another winner - Fortorno, a nice Italian restaurant with great spaghetti and meatballs. A perfect ending to a perfect weekend.
On my first trip to NYC many years ago I found this peaceful little Church on 49th street between Broadway and 8th and have continued to worship there whenever I am in NYC.
Built in 1920, its diminutive size, beautiful domes and stunning frescoes makes it appear to be a miniature cathedral. Not to be missed is the 11:00 am Mass where the choir, made up of many Broadway performers, is glorious!