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Friday, January 8, 2016

NYC Take 1

Hello, dear friends.  Better late than never.  This post covers part of the weekend that the Mister and I spent in NYC during the second week of December.  We were so fortunate with the weather.  It was a balmy sixty degrees most of the time.

We took the Amtrak, sat in my beloved quiet car, arrived early afternoon, checked into the hotel, and immediately hit the streets.  

The Mister did a little shopping for himself.  
Glad we got that over with - now we can concentrate on moi.

Loved all the store windows.

Stopped into St. Patricks and lit a candle.  It looked so pretty all decked out for Christmas.

Nothing beats the smell of roasted chestnuts in the air.  

The NYPD was a very visible presence on the streets everywhere. 

Rockefeller Center tree in all its splendor.

Kathy Lee and Hoda's hangout during work hours.

Too bad that I left my professional skates and tiny skirt at home.

The Mister and I became engaged in NYC twenty-six years ago.  After saying yes, he brought me to the Rainbow Room for a surprise dinner party with Sista and friends.  Lucky I said yes - otherwise it would have been a very awkward dinner.

After a fierce day of shopping, we stopped at the rooftop bar at the Peninsula Hotel.  I couldn't believe that we could sit outside in the middle of December.

The Mister checking his messages and working on his tan via heat lamps. 

We had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Trattoria Dell'Artewhich is located across the street from Carnegie Hall.

Insert Carnegie Hall joke here.

  The dinner and service were outstanding, as always.  

Although she wasn't there that night, Jennifer loves this restaurant as well.  Between you and me, I don't think the restaurant could handle the two of us at once.

Looks like the Mister found something he liked, besides me, that is.

After our fabulous dinner, the Mister and I strolled back to the hotel and enjoyed the city in all its splendor.  

Stay tuned for NYC Take 2.

Until next time...

Preppy Empty Nester
Preppy Empty Nester

I'm Katie. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am an empty nester meandering through my middle-aged years while entangled in the never-ending process of renovating an antique home on the South Shore of Massachusetts. I love to write about books, movies, TV, celebrities, decorating, and weekend adventures. My favorite writing material is derived from my family: the Mister, my girls, #1 and #2, and my two untrainable, rambunctious pups, Chowdah and Chili.


  1. How fun....NYC in December is hard to beat. We had our engagement party at the Rainbow room! It is a night I will never forget.....a beautiful and iconic place. You did all the fun things...and aren't the shop windows for Christmas amazing! Glad you worked in some retail therapy and great dining...thats what its all about!

  2. What a fun post! I love all the highlights of NYC you showed us. Almost makes me want to go back for a visit. What a fun way to celebrate the anniversary of your engagement! Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. I love how you spend your time in NYC and take us along. I always light a candle at a new church (and make a wish) too :-)

  4. Glad you had great weather. Frank and I agree, New York is a wonderful town!

  5. We were in town for both weekends around that time too bad I didnt run into you we could have had a good laugh! The weather was amazing! xo K

  6. Oh how wonderful...felt I was there too! Thank you for giving us a way to see NYC in December. We used to fly there every year during December and spend a week at one of the grand hotels so Mother could go shopping....they were such wonderful times! Enjoy your weekend Katie!

  7. Haha. Love your commentary. NY at Christmastime looks magical! Love all the pics.

  8. this post left me with a lot of giggles and a happy mood. Thanks for the laughs...you were joking about Jennifer and George, right? right?

  9. We almost went into NYC this holiday season, but it just never happened because I got behind with Christmas tasks. I should try harder next year. Look what I missed!

  10. You two always have such a good time! Thank you for reminding me of Trattoria della Arte - I haven't been there in ages. Next time you come down, I will have to come meet you! Have a great weekend, my dear! xoxox

  11. Totally fun...I love NYC during the holidays. Putting away my CHristmas ornaments today and so many are from times we spent in NYC over the holidays.

  12. Oh Katie, I'm so sorry we missed each other, as my husband and I were in NYC at about the same time. We were lucky enough to see Billy Joel at the Garden, and the next day to see Les Mis where I once again marveled at those who weren't weeping inconsolably into their scarves! What's wrong with those people? At the risk of sounding like a giant suck-up, meeting you is on my 2016 wish list. Stay well and keep us laughing.
    Cathy in NJ

    1. Oh Cathy... how sweet! Maybe we could meet up in NYC!!!

  13. Thanks for sharing this fun trip with us. I do love NYC but my husband has never been and never cares to go. Ugh But, thankfully he doesn't care if I go. :o)) Happy weekend!

  14. Thank you for visiting my blog! I have always wanted to visit New York during the winter holidays, now I really want to make that trip. Loved your house tours, looking forward to reading more.

  15. I can't tell you how happy I am that I found your blog and that we are now instagram buddies. Every post makes me laugh out loud. Not sure if you and "the mister" are as old as I and my"mister" but I feel like we are in the same place sort of. Don't let me insult you...my kids are 32 & 35!! It is all meant in love...LOVE your blog! Keep it up...just like it is!!

  16. It's amazing how great a good dinner can make you feel and look- not that you looked bad before, you understand! Great post- love it- as I always love your posts. Hope you are having a wonderful, blessed new year! xo Diana

  17. Hello dear Katie
    I have loved reading about all the fun you had in New York and your pictures are beautiful, I can feel all the holiday cheer and energy of Christmas time in the city...wow I mean WOW what a place, I have never been there and always wanted to go. New York has to be the most exciting city in the world

    It is lovely and very touching to read of the anniversary of your engagement, and your party at the Rainbow Room. I hope you had a really beautiful celebration for such a special day,and a wonderful weekend.. many Congratulations again

    and much love
    Sally xx


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