one hundred hours in NYC: part 5

My mom recently came to NYC for the first time. She arrived on Friday afternoon and left first thing on Wednesday morning; all told, she had just over one hundred hours in this fine city. We covered the city to the best of our ability – this is part 5 of our adventure.

I had been disappointed with the weather during Mom’s visit because, although the rain mostly held off, the days were primarily overcast. Tuesday, however, was a gorgeous, sunny day. We decided to enjoy the clear skies with a morning stroll over the Brooklyn Bridge.

We had noticed the previous day that there was an Argo Tea near Columbus Circle, so we decided to check it out. I have a huge affinity for Argo, which is a Chicago tea chain. I spent many hours studying at the location on Broadway in Chicago, using the complimentary wifi and drinking chai espressos or mate lattes. Unfortunately, this location left something to be desired.

We did a little shopping in the Time Warner Center, and then ventured down to Whole Foods to get some salads. I have never been able to procure cups for salad dressing at this particular Whole Foods, but my mom proved that sometimes all you need is a little Midwestern charm. In the past, I have asked employees about salad dressing cups only to receive a vague “they’re over there” while the employee breezes past me. When my mom asked an employee about the salad dressing cup, he retrieved a stack of them from a cabinet beneath the salad bar, gave her one, and then replaced his secret stash. I was astonished – but pleased that I was able to have a salad dressing cup! We carried our salads to the benches outside Rockefeller Center so that we could people-watch while we ate, and then it was time to go home and get ready for Mom’s final evening in NYC.

Mom & I dressed up for the show

We had tickets to see A Little Night Music, and we were very excited. Two nights before, Catherine Zeta Jones had won a Tony for her role as Desiree. Our seats were excellent, and the show itself was phenomenal. It was a perfect experience! We headed back to Brooklyn to have a late dinner at Bar Tabac, and then it was home to pack so that Mom could catch her morning flight.

That’s it for my mom’s visit! Thanks for coming, Mom!


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