It’s hard to believe we have been to New York City 25 times as a family! While always tiring, we do cram a lot into 36 hours. This time Jet Blue left Portland early, around 9:00 pm, which meant we arrived in NYC just after 5 am. When we got to our hotel just before 6 am, I was not too sure we would be able to secure a room that early. But The Lexington New York City was wonderful and accommodated us immediately. Apparently, the hotel used to be a Radisson property, but was recently purchased by Marriott and upgraded to one of their Autograph Collection hotels. Overall, we could have not been happier with the room and service!
Kelly and Trevor crashed while I ventured out to shoot the sunrise. It was nothing special, so I soon joined them in bed until around noon when we made our way to the yummy Candle 79 for an all-vegan lunch. It was very tasty, but also a bit pricey in our opinion. Then came Trevor’s doctor appointment that went very well. If you missed my post on “How Good Is Your Doctor“ it explains why we make these cross-country trips.
One of the challenges with each trip is what to do on Friday evenings after the appointment. We almost always see a show, but with so many trips under our belt it gets harder and harder finding something good at a reasonable price. We would have loved to have seen Billy Joel, but tickets started around $600 a piece! Instead, we went to the National Comedy Theater and participated in an evening of improv that was among one of our most entertaining experiences in New York! It was hilarious, creative, and so engaging that we all agreed to make it a regular stop on future trips. After the show we meandered through Times Square and eventually made our way back to the hotel.
The next morning I went out shooting again early and then met up with a friend for coffee. We walked back to our hotel and enjoyed having him join us for breakfast. The rest of the day we spent visiting The Cloisters Museum in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan and hanging out in Bryant Park.
To top off the trip, we all got upgraded to first class – Thank You Delta! Trevor was treated like royalty and had fun chatting it up with the friendly stewardesses. The image today was taken just minutes before we boarded the plane at the Delta Terminal JFK airport. What a brilliant sunset (no post-processing tricks on this shot!).
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