There is ANOTHER name for this post. It's called "How Many Pictures can you get into a POST?" Yes, the saga continues. I certainly can't speak for all New York City Feng Shui Consultants but this one LOVES Manhattan and spent quite a day there. If you've missed the first two parts of this you can read them here: A New York City Day--Take a Walk with Feng Shui Long Island
To see some pictures of Central Park you can try: A Feng Shui Consultant in Central Park, New York by Feng Shui Long Island (My goodness, I wasn't expecting a whole SERIES :)
So, we were FINALLY headed out of Central Park on our day in New York City and were going to find somewhere good to eat. We exited Central Park on 79th Avenue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and I hadn't seen some of those beautiful buildings in quite some time. The architecture is spectacular but one particular building we were walking past made me stop and remember; it was the Dakota Building made famous in the movie "Rosemary's Baby" and sadly, more famous because that's where John Lennon was shot and killed.
Picture courtesy of NYC-Architecture
We took a moment to go to the side entrance and I had explained to my daughter as much as I could remember of that awful night. I thought of all the songs that never got sung and remembered his total love of New York City...and the fight he had to stay here when the government was trying so desperately to deport him. He'd made New York his home and he wasn't leaving. The building is heavily guarded but John Lennon was so friendly he'd often stop and sign autographs and speak to his fans. It was the one truly sad moment of the day. Still, every December thousands gather at Strawberry Fields--to IMAGINE.
The side entrance of the Dakota...and a moment to reflect.
A little further along we passed a building with Foo Dogs; This certainly wasn't the first time, the same thing had happened to me at the end of Chinatown and I'd discovered a Buddhist Temple that I'd never known about. Now you KNOW that if it has Foo Dogs, I'm going in. It was a hotel I'd never seen called The Mandarin. A gentleman who worked there stopped me at the entrance and I asked him if I could take a few pictures; he was wonderful about it. "Of course and be sure to visit our lobby on the 7th floor" he said. I thought we were IN the Lobby. I loved it, beautiful artwork and a very serene feeling. I have often stayed the night in New York City although it is not a long commute because I enjoy it so much. The price of a room there? Well, they start at $695. Another night, perhaps....
Dining at The Mandarin--What a view!
One of the very unusual artwork pieces in The Mandarin Hotel.
Ah, passing Lincoln Center. There is always something that draws me in. Even with stomachs rumbling we decided to see what Operas were coming up. Although I've been to a few, Laura has never seen one. And while I never in the world expected to LIKE them, I absolutely loved it. Madame Butterfly was coming up---and I got tickets for April....one of the "impulse" purchases.
*Just past this lovely sculpture was a beautiful building and we stopped to see what it was---FORDHAM UNIVERSITY. Who would have guessed that in just a few weeks I would be at their Bronx Location??
Finally we went to 57th Street (trivia note: The rents here are actually higher then they are on 5th Avenue) and decided on an old favorite "The Brooklyn Diner." They have wonderful food-and lots of it. And are true to their name, it's straight out of Brooklyn!
Walking back toward Times Square, the sun was setting and the lights came on. It is always a spectacular site to me. With only blocks to go to get back to Penn Station I had one of those "I can't take ANOTHER step" moments and we hailed a cab. Unfortunately, it wasn't "Cash Cab", a New York TV show where they ask you questions while driving you to your destination. You can win money if you know the answers, or get thrown out with your third strike. The one cab in a city that has 13,000 and I want it--although I'd likely fail miserably on the questions :)
Is that a SIGHT?
Back home at last. I looked up and snapped this picture to remember a very long, very precious day in New York City with my daughter. Feng Shui Long Island, New York City Consultant.
Difficult to see but it says "Welcome to Farmingdale" and the time. Almost 7pm. We later calculated we'd walked about 78 Blocks...I wish I knew what that calculated to in MILES. I'd better end this post, I am expecting a call from the New York State Tourism bureau--I believe I'd be a great asset :)
*MOMA is COMING
*Carole Provenzale has been a Certified Feng Shui Consultant since 1997 and is the Founder of Feng Shui Long Island, New York City providing on site Manhattan and Long Island Feng Shui consultations for Homes, Apartments, Businesses, Offices, Corporations, Condos and Co-ops, Pre-Purchase and New Construction. Consultations also provided at a distance by phone. Carole is available for workshops and lectures frequently on Long Island and New York City.