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Trip Report Live from New York, it's... Raining

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Despite today's rain, my daughter & I are having a great time in NYC. 

We flew in yesterday and had a Carmel town car pick us up. I was so glad to have booked a car in advance, as the line for taxis at LGA was looong. Arrived at our hotel, 6 Columbus, and we love it. We've stayed in several of Manhattan's best hotels (Ritz Central Park, Greenwich Hotel, Ritz Battery Park) and I am as happy as can be here at 6 Columbus - and we're in a Pod room! The kind, relaxed staff is great, the room is nice (relatively spacious bathroom) and the location, not to mention price, makes this an awesome bargain. I really like it here!
Yesterday late afternoon we walked a few blocks down 9th Ave. to VYNL and had an enjoyable supper. The food isn't great but good (daughter had meat loaf, i had pad thai) and it's a fun place. Nice people and cool atmosphere (menus are LP covers, bathrooms are themed (Dolly, Cher, etc.) Fun décor. 
We walked to Rockefeller Center and since it was relatively clear, I was considering TOTR but the line was crazy. We'll go another day. Walked to St. Patrick's and lit candles ($2 each) and walked around the cathedral, which was very busy. I hadn't been inside since I was 16. 
Then took my daughter into Saks Fifth Avenue which wasn't nearly as pretty of a store as I remember it being. Fun to check out, though. Then we walked to the Gershwin and saw "Wicked" in our partial view seats, which seemed very good. I did nod off a few times but the show was great in several spots. My daughter and I agree that we're happy to have seen it, and are both eager to read the book, which we already have at home. We were both looking at our watches, though. 2 hrs. 45 min. including intermission. We were tired, especially, I guess, since this was our travel day.

This morning we went to Norma's in the Le Parker Meridian for breakfast. We had a res. and I'm so glad - b/c the place was packed when we arrived and the couple checking in ahead of us (walk-ins) were seated 25 min. after we were. We LOVED our meal and their coffee is delicious. I'm going to make another res. here for later in our trip. So divine. I had the Arepa, which is sunnyside-up egg on a corncake w/chorizo. I could not have been more happy with it. My daughter got the choc. waffles w/ peanut butter and whipped cream. They were delicious too. With coffee, tea, 2 entrées and side of sausage for my daughter, b'fast was $71.86, before tip. We didn't need lunch (although we got a Crumb's cupcake at the Met this afternoon for fun). Anyway, decadent place for breakfast :)

I used HopStop and still got turned around but made it to the Guggenheim by 10:30, after getting us 7-day unltd metrocards ($29 ea.), taking subway and then crosstown bus which a wonderful NYer on the subway instructed me in. (we accidentally got on an Uptown express train from Midtown West and sailed right past our 86th St. stop. I asked for help at the 125th St. station and this woman kindly helped me & gave me info on the buses. I let her know how grateful I was!
Guggenheim was crowded. I already had tix thanks to a Groupon deal. Thanks to yk for tipping me off to Groupon in her most recent NYC TR :) Audio guide is included w/ admission and we made use of the guide several times. 
Hadn't laid eyes on the Guggenheim in 25 years. Wanted my daughter to see/experience the bldg. We enjoyed it. There were 2 or 3 Gauguins on display - which, alone, made our visit worth it to me ;) We also enjoyed some Kandinskys, Chagalls and more. The room papered in dollar bills certainly made an impression ;) We walked/toured up to the top and then took the elevator down, blitzed the museum shop, put on our raincoats and walked south a couple of blocks to the Neue Galerie. 
I'm so happy to finally have made it to the Neue -  some beautiful things here. Austrian and German art of the late 19th/early 20th centuries. I fell in love with a painting of a woman named Hanna - need to go look up the details (including the artist's name!) And Gustav Klimt is my new favorite artist! Really beautiful paintings, in addition to his more famous works. 

Looked it up and the beautiful painting I was talking about was by Hans Makart. "Hanna Klinkosch"  http://www.neuegalerie.org/exhibitions/items/1470

We then walked to the Met and waited in an interminable ticket line. Before touring, we took a roundabout course to the cafeteria and had a cup of coffee and cupcake, while resting our feet a bit. Headed to the Vermeers ( I knew exactly which galleries they are in: 615 and 616) and we just relished every detail  :)  Felt lucky to have 5 to gaze at. Will hope to see all 3 of the Frick's becore we leave town. Next on  our list was the Alexander McQueen exhibit. One hour wait to enter. Forget it. We will go back first thing tomorrow or Sunday. Fyi, the woman I asked said the lines get steadily worse until about 7pm.
Went to the Met store and then left (in the rain) and took bus back across Central Park (had to wait a bit as first bus or two was too full to stop for us) and then switched to subway on West side. Got out at Columbus Circle, came up escalators, and our hotel was RIGHT there. Unbelievably convenient. I'm hooked on this place! 
Tonight: 5 Napkin Burger and "How to Succeed" :)
To be continued...
(hope I don't mess this up - am typing this on my phone!)

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