reprinted with permission from Lillie Suburban Newspapers.
I had always hoped that someday I would get to New York City and attend a concert at Carnegie Hall, but I never expected that the time would finally come because my teenage granddaughter was performing on the renowned stage.
This teen loves performing in public but for reasons of privacy, requested that I not use her name in this story.
She has a lovely voice and radiates enthusiasm for singing so when I heard her Menomonie High School choir director, Audric Buhr, had arranged the trip, I was delighted when my daughter Kate invited me to go along.
Enter the navigators
My daughter, Kate, and son-in-law, Scott did an amazing job navigating for the three of us all around the city while my granddaughter was practicing and sightseeing with her choir.
My first impression of the New York City was how noisy and busy it was — cars honking and sirens blaring — and full of people of every shade of color speaking many languages. That made it so interesting and amazing
In the subway, the black steel girders support the somewhat grimy subway system. It was built in 1904 and is the largest rapid transit system in the world by the number of stations and one of the world’s longest. The subway is used by people of all ages, though more are young than old — maybe because of all the colleges nearby — and a few homeless people. Most riders had earphones plugged into their devices or typed away on them with their thumbs so the subway was quieter even with the clacking of the cars and frequent announcements of stops.
We bought two-day bus passes for the double-decker buses where we could get on and off at our leisure, We saw Wall Street, Harlem. Downtown, Uptown, Central Park, where we took a carriage ride, Times Square, China Town, NoHo and Soho, Washington Square and many other noteworthy places like the Trump Towers. Though it was the week before the New York primary, we didn’t see any candidates.
We stopped at the Guggenheim and saw an Impressionist exhibit and some clay sculptures in the building that wraps around in circles — no stairs needed to ascend to each level.
Our bus pass included a boat ride past the Statue of Liberty and a stop in Brooklyn where we picked up the bus again. It was less congested and the buildings, not as tall. Back in Manhattan, we took the subway to the last stop to Coney Island, the famous ocean-front amusement park. Only a few restaurants were open but we ate a hot dog at the famous Nathan’s on the wide boardwalk and looked at the amusement rides that were not yet operating so early in the season.
We had such a great time in NYC. Seeing my granddaughter perform in Carnegie Hall and St. Paul’s Chapel was the best part but there were plenty of other highlights as well. Kate and Scott were great navigators and the best travel buddies — fun to hang out with, helpful, cheery, interested in everything. I Hope to get back to New York City soon because it’s such a diverse and energetic place with lots more to see.