New York City has such a pull on my heart. You probably know it already that we lived there for a few years, long time ago. It was there where I received my training for my career, a medical specialty that I am now practicing for the past 20 years.
As the song New York, New York goes:
If I make it there,
I’ll make it everywhere,
It’s up to you,
New York, New York.
Anytime is a good time to visit New York City. But the holiday season is even more noteworthy. Especially on New Year’s when it becomes the center of the world’s celebration.
My family spent the last few days of the year 2018 in New York City. Here are just some of the places we visited:
We passed by some swanky restaurants, but we did not dine there.
Instead we were taken by our friend to a quaint eatery that was more quiet and subdued.
The ambience in this place was homey, relaxed, yet festive. The food was excellent. This is not a paid post, but if the management of this restaurant wants to give me a free meal next time, I heartily would accept it.
Then we went to Midtown Manhattan. Of course we used the iconic New York subway to get there.
Our kids together with some friends’ kids went ice skating.
There are several ice skating rinks in New York City. Perhaps the most famous is the one in Rockefeller area, but that is too small. Then there’s also one in Central Park.
We went to Bryant Park. This is near the New York Public Library. The ice skating rink is surrounded by New York’s skyscprapers. You could even catch a glimpse of the Empire State building from there.
The skating rink was very crowded though. There was a long line of people waiting and it took more than two hours to get in. But our children did not mind, as they chatted away with their friends while waiting in line.
I did not join them and was just satisfied watching the skaters go. Though there were some skaters that fell on the ice, but who cares, at least they were enjoying themselves.
I probably would be included in those falling a lot on the ice if I skated. I tried ice skating before, at least twice, and I would say that I could glide over the ice. Whether I was standing, or I was on my or knees or worse on my butt, but at least I could glide.
Besides watching people skate, the best part for me was watching this big machine sail through the ice.
This is the Zamboni machine, named after it’s American inventor and engineer. This machine smooths the surface of the ice.
I also spent time talking with our friends, catching up with them, while our children skated. Including an old friend, a classmate back in elementary and high school days. He now lives in Massachusetts.
We were in this place for several hours and my fingers and toes got numb from the cold. I had to walk around to keep warm and many times went inside the market stalls surrounding the place where there were heaters.
It was already dark when we call it a day.
We went back to our hotel which was located across the Hudson River, so technically it was in New Jersey. But you cannot beat the view from there – a view of the New York City skyline.
From New York, I wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New year!
(*photos taken on the eve of New Year’s Eve)