Beatitude in the Big Apple

We’ve been privileged to spend several wonderful days in New York City with Julie and Tracy. On Wednesday, we pulled into Newport Yacht Club Marina on the New Jersey side of the harbor. Around 11:30 that evening, the girls arrived by car from their home in New Castle, Pennsylvania. We’ve been going full tilt since then.

A view of Manhattan from Newport Yacht Club Marina

A view of Manhattan from Newport Yacht Club Marina

Nighttime view from the marina

Nighttime view from the marina

Beatitude at the dock in Jersey City, NJ

Beatitude at the dock in Jersey City, NJ

The ladies on deck

The ladies on deck

Thursday’s big adventure was a trip to the 1776-foot tall One World Trade Center, the edifice built to replace the twin towers which tragically fell on 9/11/2001. We decided to head up to the observation deck for a view. It wasn’t cheap, but it was worth it for the unforgettable view, which was incredible. The whole experience was very Disney World-ish with the latest technological and multimedia presentations while in line to ascend to the top, as well as in the elevator itself. But, the highlight is the awesome 360° panorama of the New York City… and it does not disappoint.

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A look down at Newport Yacht Club Marina (Beatitude barely visible behind the building)

A look down at Newport Yacht Club Marina (Beatitude barely visible behind the building)

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The ladies looking out at New York City from 100 floors up.

The ladies looking out at New York City from 100 floors up.

Manhattan from One WTC

Manhattan from One WTC

Looking up the East River, which Beatitude will transit leaving the city.  Brooklyn Bridge to the right.

Looking up the East River, which Beatitude will transit leaving the city. Brooklyn Bridge to the right.

Bird's Eye View of New York Harbor. Statue of Liberty visible  with our initial anchorage off to the right of it.

Bird’s Eye View of New York Harbor. Statue of Liberty visible with our initial anchorage off to the right of it.

Looking up the new World Trade Center building.

Looking up the new World Trade Center building.

Daughter and Mother in the WTC

Daughter and Mother in the WTC

Daughter, Mother, and Father

Daughter, Mother, and Father

A view of Manhattan from atop the WTC

A view of Manhattan from atop the WTC

Resting outside the WTC

Resting outside the WTC

Thursday evening, we were treated with additional grand views of the Manhattan skyline at night as we dined at the Weehawken, New Jersey Chart House. The food, as usual was delicious, but the view from our window table was even more delightful. What a great first day with Julie and Tracy.

Approaching the marina from the land side at night

Approaching the marina from the land side at night

A view of Manhattan from the Chart House Restaurant

A view of Manhattan from the Chart House Restaurant

Our location in Newport Yacht Club Marina is ideal. The PATH train is less than a block away. For $2.10, it takes us right into Manhattan, and does so quickly. It runs 24 hours/day, which is also convenient. Once in town, we take the subway to get around.

Beatitude with the WTC providing the background

Beatitude with the WTC providing the background

Ladies in the cockpit at Newport Yacht Club Marina

Ladies in the cockpit at Newport Yacht Club Marina

Beatitude moved across the marina basin to a new location (with better views of the city)

Beatitude moved across the marina basin to a new location (with better views of the city)

Daughter and Father

Daughter and Father

Friday was an even busier day. For me, it was about as close to a perfect day as possible. There was Italy, art, and jazz. It began with a lunch time departure on the train over to Manhattan. We exited the train on 23rd St., which was just a block from one of my favorite places to visit in NYC, Eataly. Eataly is the largest Italian marketplace in the world, comprised of a variety of restaurants, and food counters, bakery, retail items, and a cooking school. We went to the Pizzeria within the complex and enjoyed some wonderful authentic Italian fare.

Waiting in the Subway Station

Waiting in the Subway Station

Eataly

Eataly

Eataly markets

Eataly markets

These are actual gargoyles from the Duomo in Milan on display in Eataly.  Cool!

These are actual gargoyles from the Duomo in Milan on display in Eataly. Cool!

Only thin people may live here.

Only thin people may live here.

Empire State Building behind

Empire State Building behind

From there, we walked several blocks down 23rd to the Green Line and caught the subway up to 77th street, from which we had several more blocks to walk to the marvelous Metropolitan Museum of Art. It would be easy to spend days in there, so it was a challenge to decide what to see over the three or four hours allotted to explore. We decided to focus on European Art and spent the entirety of our time in just two sections of the massive art museum. It was obviously amazing to stand in front of some of the greatest masterpieces in the world. I only wish I had several days to spend at the Met.

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art

13th Century Italian Madonna and Child

13th Century Italian Madonna and Child

Filippo Lippi

Filippo Lippi

Exquisitely carved German Jesus and Madonna

Exquisitely carved German Jesus and Madonna

Rubens

Rubens

Rembrandt

Rembrandt

The Met

The Met

After two hours at the Met

After two hours at the Met

Haystacks

Haystacks

Maybe my favorite Van Gogh at the Met

Maybe my favorite Van Gogh at the Met

After a few hours at the met, we walked back to the subway station to take the Green Line to 59th, where we connected to the Yellow Line which took us to Times Square. It was just getting dark, enabling us to appreciate the massive electronic billboards which dominate the view from the street. We spent just a few minutes jostling our way through the crowds before boarding the subway again to head for our evening destination on East 27th Street, the Jazz Standard, a great jazz club in NYC which serves southern cuisine and barbecue along with providing some wonderful jazz performances.

On Times Square

On Times Square

Times Square

Times Square

We arrived early to get the best seats and ended up with stage-side seating to soak up the music of Cecile McClorin Salvant and the Aaron Diehl Trio. Salvant is a 26-year old, grammy nominated French-American Jazz Vocalist. She and the band were wonderful. Salvant’s voice is big and beautiful and full of rich blues tones. She is a throwback in many ways, reminiscent of Billy Holiday and Bessie Smith. It was a wonderful night of food, drink, jazz, as wells as time spent with family. What an incredible conclusion to a memorable day in the Big Apple!

At the Jazz Standard

At the Jazz Standard

Ready for Jazz

Ready for Jazz

At the Jazz Standard

At the Jazz Standard

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Salvant

Salvant

The Aaron Diehl Trio accompanying Savant

The Aaron Diehl Trio accompanying Savant

On the Path train back to Beatitude after the concert

On the Path train back to Beatitude after the concert

A nice photo of the gang in front of a "fake background"

A nice photo of the gang in front of a “fake background”

4 thoughts on “Beatitude in the Big Apple

  1. Well thanks for the tour. The views were big like the Big Apple. The art was, well I loved that unmistakable Van Gogh, but that 13th century Madonna holding a mini man holding a giant crayon… Loved the food and the music it was good to be in New York City again.

  2. This is awesome! Felt like I was there with you all! Looks like you all had a great trip in my favorite city! Love NYC! Thank you!

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