Friday, 6 June 2008

I haven't been back to New York since I moved to London with my James a few years ago. At the time of our leaving I had had enough of New York and was happy to move on, but you can't really live in a place for a significant length of time without it becoming a part of you and you a part of it and over the past few years I've been quite nostalgic for certain aspects of my New York life.

This New York visit was not nearly long enough for me to do all the things I wanted to do, but it was certainly a Fabulous trip. I:

chatted endlessly with my sister:

basked in the beautiful spring weather,
New York is at its most gorgeous in April and May and for my entire week there the sunshine was brilliant and the air cool and delicious.

marvelled at all the changes that had taken place during my absence,
There has been a lot of construction going on in New York since I was last here. Seems as though all the little pre-WWII 5 story walk ups and other buildings from the 40s are being replaced by luxury apartments which only the very rich can afford. A very good hospital used to stand in this spot just 3 years ago.

This brand new African Burial Ground Monument commemorates the story of the African Burial Ground, a 6 acre cemetery for free and enslaved Africans dating back to the 17th and 18th century, which only came to light in 1991 during excavation of the site for a new federal building.
New bus stops with seats and new electric bus. 5 stars!!!

indulged in my favourite New York treats (with moderation I should add, no blow out binges for me),
I'd been dreaming of a good old fashion New York diner breakfast for a long time. So I stopped off at the Mansion Diner and Oh My God: THEY'VE RENOVATED. Same layout but brand spanking new everything. It was so early I had the place to myself.

Sorry, but you haven't had a Bagel until you have had a New York Bagel!
So many to choose from!!!

treated my tired and calloused feet to a deep massage and pedicure,
What's a visit to New York without a pedicure. New York has more nail care places per square block than any other city in USA or Europe. I've been going to this tiny one around the corner from my apartment for years.
Ahhh! Now I'm ready to paint the town.

took some long walks down memory lane,

This is the first place I lived when I moved to New York ... well the second if you count the few months I lived in my friend P's grandmother's basement apartment until I got myself set up.

I woke up at dawn on Memorial Day and took a walk through Carl Schultz Park which borders the East River. I used to start my morning with a jog along this river at sunrise for many years. It is such a beautiful and peaceful place.

Citigroup on Wall Street, where James and I met 9 years ago.

Brooklyn Bridge as seen from South Street Seaport, where we spent many an evening after work eating ice cream, chatting and watching the sun set.

James old apartment building in Battery Park City.

savoured all the things that make New York so New York,
Ah, the New York City Subway!!!
I just love New York townhouses better known as brownstones. I used to fantasise about owning one before I realised I'd need to be a millionare.
Harlem, one of the most important social and cultural centers of African life in America.
That dot in the distance is Lady Liberty herself !!!
The Chrysler Building is just spectacular, day or night!!!
Love this sculpture!!!
This one too!!!
Look, there's still debris in his briefcase from when the World Trade Center fell around him!!!
This photo by an old teacher of mine Jeff Mermelstein shows the same statue above in the aftermath of the WTC disaster.

caught a terrific exhibition at the Studio Museum of Harlem called Flow. It showcased the work of emerging artists from Africa,

saw an incredible performance of the New York City Ballet,

took advantage of the super strong ££££ to indulge in some retail therapy (which in my opinion could only really be considered therapy if I had a personal shopper do all my shopping for me),

went to the opening of an En Foco Exhibition,

and then ... all too soon it was time to say au revoir ...

Stay tuned for the next post when Nona discusses what she is doing to lose 25kgs before she turns 90 ....


  1. Oh, what gorgeous pictures! I've only been to NY once for some training. I spent two weeks there and went all over the place on the weekends. I didn't have any money (having just quit my regular job), so it was a real penny-pincher tour. My youngest brother lived there for years though and absolutely adored living there. He lives in Atlanta now, and still misses New York.

    So...25kg before 90? Surely we can get there a little faster...

    Welcome home, Nona! I missed you!

  2. Wow, great photos! I have to go back to New York soon! I have not been there since 1994!

  3. You know... I think of you as an island girl - not NYC girl! I just figured you went straight to London from home. Still trying to wrap my brain around you living in NY!

  4. I'd read about the freed slave graveyard somewhere. Filed it away in my brain and then come to find a monument dedicated to it on your site. Isn't that wonderful? I also appreciate the 911 ash covered businessman. I've seen a whole lot of photos of that day but never this one. Thank-you.

    Oh, and your toe nails look fabulous along with the shoes.

  5. Great photos, I'd love to go there one day.

    You can't beat a great pedicure can you

  6. Okay, Nona... where are you??? Don't tell me the summer doldrums have set in!

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