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nyc-etc: everything old is…

When I was growing up, going into Manhattan from Brooklyn meant one of two things: Chinatown (every Sunday for dinner), or “Uptown”.

My dad worked in advertising in midtown and I loved walking around the neighborhood that comprised Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Back then there was no Soho. No Tribeca. No DUMBO. The “city” was in those magical blocks, with the tall, sleek buildings, grand lobbies and modern pocket parks.

midtown manhattan

midtown manhattan

midtown manhattan

Exxon Building

The city has changed so much since I was that little girl, and the only time I find myself “uptown” is en route to someplace else. Until about a year ago, when Mike and I had to be in Rockefeller Center – we spent about an hour walking around the area and I found myself overcome with nostalgia. I made a promise to myself to come back and spend the day, and did just that recently (click the links to learn more about a particular spot).

rockefeller center

radio city

rockefeller center

And while I wouldn’t exactly call it a “destination”, if you’re a fan of the “Mad Men” aesthetic these blocks will transport you back to a time when the men wore hats and the women wore gloves and stockings.

rockefeller center

rockefeller center

rockefeller center

rockefeller center

Rockefeller Center

paley park

paley park

Paley Park

mcgraw hill park

mcgraw hill park

McGraw Hill Park

I also took advantage of being in midtown to finally get to Burger Joint – a “hidden” eatery tucked behind a velvet curtain in the uber-fancy lobby of the Parker Meridian. The menu is limited, and the decor? Gritty.

burger joint

burger joint

You don’t even get a plate. But my burger and fries were just right, the Stones were playing and I thoroughly enjoyed the vibe. Get yourself there if you can; it’s something a little different…..

burger joint

Mike teases me for never wanting anything to change. And I admit that my nostalgia for things can skew my objectivity somewhat. But it was pretty wonderful to be able to stroll around a part of the city that felt much like it did decades ago.

midtown manhattan

midtown manhattan

love sculpture

LOVE

I really do heart New York….

8 Comments

  1. Jennifer Cullen on October 23, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    What gorgeous pictures!! Loved going on your little tour.

  2. Sandra on October 23, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Lovely – you are such a New Yorker!

    • sherisilver on October 23, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      Thanks Sandra – I really am, right? xoxo

  3. Amy on October 23, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Love me a “Burger Joint” meal. I always feel like I am entering a different world when I pass through those red velvet curtains.

    • sherisilver on October 23, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      Exactly – very “in keeping” with my day! 🙂

  4. Shalagh Hogan on October 23, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    We do love our hometowns. You did a really nice job. I’ve spent one day in NY city and I couldn’t take enough pictures. But when you live somewhere, you take stuff for granted. You do seem to make an effort to enjoy your city Sheri. Yay!
    Love,
    Shalagh

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