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Gracie Mansion Photos

From Gracie to Guggenheim

Trip Over to New York

Having seen Gracie Mansion from our cruise around Manhattan Island, it looked like it was definitely worth a visit. I looked it up online and called the number to book for the 1pm tour that day. Unable to get through, I left a message, but as the answering machine told me to expect a call back within a few days (by then I would be back in Sydney), the decision was made to head on up to Gracie Mansion and see if we could join the tour.

We headed out, jumping on to the #6 train from 28th Street to 86th Street, then walked a few blocks east down to the river. Gracie Mansion sits majestically looking over the East River in the top end of Carl Schurz Park on East End Ave at the end of 88th Street. Home to the New York City Mayor, should he choose to live there. Fortunately for us, Mayor Bloomberg chose not to, so it was more accessible to visitors. It is open, less often, for tours when a mayor is in residence, which is understandable – having tour groups coming through your private home would be a nightmare!

We arrived at the gates at around 12.45pm, where we met a lady who was checking off names of the people who had pre-booked. I explained that I had tried to book but couldn’t get through, I was tut-tutted at and told I should have called to book well in advance. After apologising for my tardy behaviour, we were sent up the back to stand with 3 others who had failed to book in advance. A lady in that group told me they had been standing up in the ‘naughty line’ for 10 minutes waiting to find out if their unruly behavior could be overlooked and they would be allowed in. There we all stood giggling like naughty school children waiting to discover our fate. The ‘good kids’ at the front were all ushered in through the gates while we were left outside not sure if that was it, or we would be allowed in, then the security guard came and said they had decided to let us in…………..we must have been forgiven. Phew!!

The tour was very interesting, lovely house (with creaking floors, a bit of joist work required), beautiful views out on to the gardens and the river, looking straight out at RFK and Hell Gate Bridges (Hell Gate Bridge is the one like a tiny Sydney Harbour Bridge). No photos were allowed to be taken inside, only in the gardens.




After the visit to Gracie Mansion was over we walked up East 88th Street, past the Church of the Holy Trinity to 5th Avenue to the Guggenheim Museum, first we went into the uninspiring looking restaurant for a late lunch, the menu looked good and we had high hopes after eating in some really great museum restaurants during our stay in New York. We should have realised there were problems when the couple on the next table were looking very glum, he had nearly finished his meal, she hadn’t yet been served. We saw another couple leaving having a heated discussion about the bill with the waiter. We ordered cocktails to drink while we read the menu. The cocktails still hadn’t arrived by the time we placed our order, then our soup was served, a fairly bland cauliflower soup with a sort of floating thing in it, still no cocktails and the couple on the next table had given up on her ever receiving her meal and walked out. Now there was only us and one other table of customers still there. Eventually we got our cocktails after asking many times, and every time the kitchen door opened the arguing and yelling in the kitchen could clearly be heard – it was like being in a TV drama.

I asked how much longer it would be before our main meals were served, the waiter disappeared back into the kitchen, lots more shouting could be heard. Eventually the waiter came out and plonked some plates in front of us, Christine got the meal she asked for, I didn’t.

I had ordered chicken that came with all sorts of vegetables, what I got was a pile of green spaghetti with 6 prawns dotted around the edge of the plate. I explained that wasn’t what I ordered and was told they had no chicken left so the chef cooked me that! I asked if I could see the menu so I could order something else (I suspect this is what happened to the couple next to us). Every time I said what I would like, they didn’t have it, I said I would keep the prawn thing and he offered to give us 10% off the bill – big mistake, the prawns were tasteless, the pasta was horrible, when he came back to see if everything was OK I told him it was disgusting, he said he would give us a free round of drinks. I thought that meant we wouldn’t have to pay for the cocktails we had already, but he brought more and said we would get a 10% discount on my meal only. I told him that I wasn’t prepared to pay for something I didn’t order that tasted so bad, now we were not only angry, we had too much to drink, those cocktails were strong. We asked for the bill, only paid for our soup and left. I told the lady at the entrance to the museum how bad it was, as she recommended it over the 3rd floor café. She was horrified.

Church of the Holy Trinity

Church of the Holy Trinity

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Itinerary for Trip Over to New York

Flew from Sydney to New York on Qantas via LA.

Arranged to be picked up at JFK Airport with Viator for the drive into Chelsea, also used for the return trip.

Stayed for a month in magnificent artists loft in Chelsea, found on VRBO.

Bought a one month travel ticket for the NYC Subway.

What's going on here, this little guy is on stilts!!! It was hard enough walking along the Bondi to Tamarama Ciastal Walk, through the crowds, in sneakers!!
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Another arrangement in the David Jones Spring Flower Show at Sydney's Elizabeth St store.
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Walking down my street in the rain on my way to work, yet another bad hair day!!
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The rain ended, for now, and I went to Hyde Park expecting to see all the flowers loving it, but no......they have all gone, trashed by the storms! The Archibald Fountain has construction screens around it and the grass needs some horses, sheep and cattle to move in and eat it!!
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Having a whale of a time in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, this new whale installation is growing nicely.
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All it does in Sydney these days is rain, but the flowers I walk past in my local area are enjoying it.
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The Darling Harbour Ferris Wheel, surrounded by the highrise jungle that is developing in that area, not a person in site!! Yet another soulless enclave!
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More flowers on the streets near where I live. I think they are possibly Red Bromelaids, but really no idea!!
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St Mary's Cathedral across the road from Hyde Park in Sydney. The spires were only added in 2000, prior to that there were just the two square towers with flat tops.
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Flat Rock Creek at the top of Tunks Park, finaly lots of blue sky and sunshine for a weekend.
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Walking around Sydney there are so many flowers spilling out of peoples gardens.
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The park in the cbd of Sydney that has become my lunchtime breath of fresh air.
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Between down pours, Tunks Psrk continued to fill with water. Lucky someone thought to put the "Ground Closed" sign in the middle of the cricket ground 🤣 I think anyone who turned up to play would have realised after wading through knee deep water on to the sodden grass that it wouldn't work out!😂
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Very impressive row of huge old trees in Hyde Park, Sydney. Walking in Hyde Park in my lunch break is my new thing.
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Bright pink flowers enjoying some autumn sunshine, very welcone after all the rain.
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Autumn colours at Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens.
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Not sure how this flower managed to take on this glowing pink look as it climbed through the fence, but I like it!
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Vivid Sydney at the QVB.
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The beautiful lit works of art hanging under the dome in the QVB in Sydney as part of Vivid Sydney.
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Bright floral arrangement in the David Jones Spring Flower Show at the Elizabeth St store in the Sydney CBD.
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Dreaming of where to travel when it is safe to start exploring again....
London, New York, Rome.
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The tree lined path near the NSW Art Gallery, on the way to Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens.
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Top 9 around Sydney Harbour.
Top Row - Berrys Bay, the other side of Berrys Bay, Balmain from Balls Head Reserve.
Middle Row - rhe old Coal Loader Wharf in Waverton, Milsons Point Park, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Ferry.
Bottom Row - Luna Park, Robertsons Lighthouse at Cremorne Point, Mosman Bay from Cremorne Point.
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The AMP Building us one of the better looking buildings looking over the city shore line of Sydney Harbour. (There is a shocker going up at the moment nearby!!) This is the view from the western gate to the Royal Botanic Gardens on Macquarie Street.
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A glimpse of blue shy between down pours of torrential rain over Sydney. The Archibald Fountain in Sydney's Hyde Park, with St Mary's Cathedral in the background.
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These little flowers are loving all the rain in Sydney, me, not so much ⛈!
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The best office in Sydney? The control room for the Pyrmont Bridge, it swings open to allow boats to pass tgrough to Darling Harbour.
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Sun's out in Sydney, but still the water runs down the sandstone at Tunks Park, a beutiful spring day in Sydney, and the foecast is for a few more days of sunshine 🌞🌞🌞
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A cassowary growing in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens, I'll have to go back to see how it is growing and post some updates.....
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Great balls of Cactus at the Art Gallery Road entrance to Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens.
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Field of flowers blooming in Hyde Park in Sydney.
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Happy New Year - wishing you all the best for a fabulous 2022 🥂🥳!!
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Hyde Park in Sydney, much smaller than Hyde Park in London, but still a lovely piece of paradise in the middle of the city.
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A very tropical looking section of Hyde Park in Sydney, it has been such a hot, rainy and humid summer these plants are enjoying it a lot more than I am!!
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Still dreaming of where to travel when the world recovers from Covid.
Dubrovnik, Zagreb and Split.
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This huge rock broke away a few storms ago, hopefully there's no more ready to break free higher up!
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Let me out!! Bright pink flowers escaping through the fence.
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The Archibald Fountain in Hyde Park on a rainy day in Sydney, just enough of a slow down in the rain for me to get into the park!!
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And the rains came to Sydney again, Tunks Park has taken a battering with water seeping through all the sandstone blocks.
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Sandstone sculpture in Sydney's Hyde Park, representing Earth, Fire and Water.
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Another shell fullnof flowers at tge David Jones Soring Flower Show at the Elizabeth St store in the Sydney CBD.
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I walk past this tree everyday, I'm sure it gets bigger and more vivid everytime I see it.
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St Mary's Cathedral behind the Archibald Fountain in Sydney's Hyde Park.
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In Marks Park on the headland at the southern end of Bondi Beach looking through this Sculpture by the Sea to Bronte Beach framed in the sculpture.
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At the eastern end of Pyrmont Bridge, one of the old sandstone pylons dwarfed by highrise towers now all around the Darling Harbour area.
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Christmas is over and we are getting ready for 2022....let's hope it's a good one!
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Not sure what these are going to be when they grow up, but they're a nice spot of colour near the Hyde Park Chess Set. I'll have to go back and see if they have grown up!
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The giant art installation in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens, called Sea of Hands, winding its way down from the Art Gallery Road gates.
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Beautiful gardens just next to the CBD, going down to the harbour and the Opera House.
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Growing in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens, an anteater surrounded by ants.
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