Thanks for loving my story, Susan Christiana! You are always so supportive and kind.
Regarding phone vs computer: I actually believe reading on my phone, especially what I have written, is easier than on a computer — I catch more mistakes using my phone. In spite of having a rather large smart phone, writing anything more than comments are short emails is cumbersome. It’s nice that the phone offers word suggestions as you type but the screen size compared to a desktop or laptop is too small. Plus, as far as the Medium app is concerned, there are limits as to what can be done. For example, you can’t submit a story to a publication from the phone app. Crazy, right? Other features and short cuts aren’t available either.
I will have to check out the copper bracelet. I have seen them sold for arthritis but not sure if one could help a pinched nerve.
Regarding plans: we love to be outdoors in NYC! It is so hard for my husband and me to spend time inside, especially in lovely October weather. We enjoy walking the streets and visiting as many parks as possible — although, with my sciatic nerve problem, we may have to limit our walking. Museums are reserved for rainy days.
We stay in NJ with his daughter and her husband and take the train to NYC each day. Our goal is to spend evenings with them so a show is not possible. Which is fine with me. Most of the best shows eventually get to our performing arts center here.
We will go to the World Trade area, as we always do, but not to the top of One World Tower. Not comfortable with the height and unwilling to wait in long lines. There is a restaurant on the Hudson nearby that we love and will definitely visit. I love walking the promenade along the river. Nearby is the Poet House, a new destination for us.
This trip we plan to spend an afternoon in Brooklyn — will probably take a Red Bus tour there. We often walk the Brooklyn Bridge but that seems unlikely with my back issues. Neither of us is familiar with Brooklyn so that will be a different experience.
Top of The Rock, at Rockefeller Center, is a spot we plan to visit — haven’t been there in recent years. Also, I have a personal tour set up for the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Tribeca — the daughter of a woman I work with is employed there. Nearby is the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art that we hope to visit — but, if the weather is great, we might substitute an outdoors activity.
I, too, was raised Catholic but no longer practice. Although St. Patrick’s Cathedral is stunning, I find it rather cold and too ornate. We love St. Francis of Assisi Church on West 31st Street and plan to attend Mass there on Sunday. Although we are not religious, that church is one of our favorite places on earth.
Then, there is the food! As I said, the Merchant’s River House on the Hudson will be on our list. One night we are hosting a birthday party for my husband’s daughter and son (both have early October birthdays) at the Buenos Aires Argentinian Restaurant in the East Village. We also plan to have lunch one day at Cafe Lalo on the Upper West Side — it was featured in the movie You’ve Got Mail. Rueben’s is a chain of NYC and NJ empanada restaurants that we hope to visit at least once. On our afternoon in Brooklyn, we plan to eat at the Noodle Pudding Italian restaurant which has been highly recommended by someone who lives in the area. Never been to Dean and Delucca’s but will try to add it to the list since you recommended it.
For parks, Washington Square Park at NYU is our favorite. We will be walking The Highline, our second favorite — well, walking as far as I can. Bryant Park and Central Park are also on the agenda.
So, that is our trip in a nutshell. Always open to changes though! We like to be flexible and allow ourselves the chance to take an unknown street or visit an unfamiliar spot when the opportunity presents itself.
Thanks for all your good wishes!!