NJ and NYC: September 2019

Our first stop in New Jersey was to visit my sister, Terry, and her husband, Gary. They found the BEST parking garage for our trailer for a few weeks that we couldn’t refuse. We also enjoyed a fabulous dinner at a famous farm-to-table restaurant in Hackettstown called James On Main.

Since I hadn’t been to the Jersey Shore since the summer of 2017, we decided to stop in LBI for a few days before heading to Bergen County. I REALLY missed my beach.

As you can see, the beach was not very crowded. We were content with the peacefulness of the day.

Look Mom! My handstand!
Celebrating our friends’ anniversary and friendship!
Saying goodbye to my baby girl. Have a safe ride home!

After the beach, we headed to Oradell for a few weeks. We enjoyed a delicious dinner with my nephew, Steve, and his wife, Malou, at The Stony Hill in Hackensack.

On Friday, September 20, 2019, Danielle was a bridesmaid in her friend’s wedding. It was a beautiful day, and we were so happy to have made it back into town to celebrate with them.

My old buddy Don from my Lipton days!!
Phil and the “Girls”

And then there was my “SURPRISE” 60th Birthday Party on 9/22/19. It was an amazing day that I will always remember. My husband pulled it off and I am so very thankful for the gift of seeing almost all of the people who mean the most to me together in one room, at one time.

On my birthday, September 24, we took the ferry from Weehawken to New York City. It was a spectacular day.

My sister, Rose, surprised me by showing up for my party. Today, she was flying back to Florida, but not before we spent a little time together walking south on the High Line.

Sweet Lavender!

Rose took off for the airport, and Scott and I made our way to Central Park. Although I have been in Central Park before, I never walked through it like a tourist. They still have the horse-drawn-carraige rides. Last I knew, they were banned from the the park.

The Lake
View northeast from atop Belvedere Castle
View of Delacroix Theater
Shakespeare Garden
Shakespeare Garden
Looking out on the Great Lawn

That evening, we saw a Broadway show. It was a wonderful birthday!

The following weekend, we took the ferry into Manhattan (again), but this time with my in-laws. It was a beautiful but windy day.

Dani found a great restaurant for lunch. Afterwards, they got a tour of her new apartment on the upper east side. Below is a picture of the entranceway.

As if one Broadway Show wasn’t enough, my daughter called me on Tuesday morning as she had scored lottery tickets for Mean Girls. I found myself back on the Weehawken ferry. This was a “bonus” last visit with my girl.

Time to say goodbye to New Jersey and head northeast.

One thought on “NJ and NYC: September 2019

  • Such a gift to go back “home” to be with family and friends….especially on your birthday, and to visit the places you love. Thank you for taking us along with you. What a joy for us. Sue & Larry

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