We had a wonderful invitation to join our New York friends Linda & Val for dinner in the city during our stay. We invited them to the boat for cocktails and apps, then all of us headed to NYYC for a fabulous dinner.
The New York Yacht Club is a private social club and yacht club based in New York City and Newport, Rhode Island. It was founded in 1844 by nine prominent sportsmen. The members have contributed to the sport of yachting and yacht design. Membership in the club is by invitation only.
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The interior of the club was old world and absolutely gorgeous...steeped in yachting history. The room below had a Tiffany glass skylight that was as dramatic as it was detailed.
I supervised the podium positioning.
There are full scale models of every Americas Cup winner and challenger in beautiful display cases all around their great room. Such a treasure trove of yachting history!
We had dinner in their formal dining room. It was designed as the interior of a ships hull. What a treat!
This trophy is exquisite.
What's that? Another trophy case!
We adjourned to the clubs library after dinner and had fun perusing the never ending yachting resources there. Val & Linda had a wealth of info on everyone and everything. I could get lost voraciously reading in this place for hours on end.
Afterwards, we all strolled uptown and took in the views around Rockefeller Center. Here's 30 Rock...
Across the street is St James Cathedral. It's a stunner!
After we said goodnight to Val & Linda, we made our way to the St. Regis for a nightcap at their King Cole bar.
Small and immaculately appointed, this bar used to be a legendary society club. It is allegedly where the Bloody Mary was first introduced to America. It's named for the stunning Maxfield Parish mural which dominates the space.
Across from the stock exchange was Federal Hall. People would stand in front of Washingtons' statue and get their photo taken. Brad was on the lurk...
We checked out Federal Hall and I found this intricate safe fascinating.
You just don't see this kind of workmanship any longer. Damon was on his game!
This is the stone George Washington stood upon as he took his oath as first president of The United States. Cool.
A group of students formed a circle, held hands and broke out in song. I'm not sure if this was a flash mob or what. It sounded amazing in that domed rotunda.
Here is an immigrant who can't let go of their old ways. Obviously, their system works well!
And then.. We came upon the bull of Wall Street. There was a crowd about 30 people deep to get a photo with him.
Brad had a more clever idea..
He went where no man was. As soon as I snapped a pic, some giggling Japanese tourists noticed us and were eager to pose exactly as Brad did. That's my trendsetter!
We walked over to this beautiful Episcopal church.
Outside was quite the graveyard. Most headstones so old that they were crumbling and you couldn't read much. They dated back to the 1600's. Wow!
Later that day, we planned to take in a Broadway play. As soon as we arrived in Times Square, the sights were there for the taking.
Patrolling on horseback. Such a great juxtaposition in this chaotic scene.
Here's one way to get a nap in the afternoon and escape the city heat. Ha!
And life wouldn't be complete without a naked cowboy sighting...and yes, this is what he wears in the frigid winter too!
And then... A boisterous tour bus went by and this was not your average tour. This was more of a "fun" spazzy tour of NYC. Complete with DJ style guide and stadium seating with cool tunes. People were dancing in their seats on the bus. Too funny!
Adriana does her best Audrey Hepburn...
We all chose last years Tony Winner... "Something Rotten" to see. It was well done and quite cheeky.