Monday, April 9, 2012

Saturday in New York City

My husband and I ventured into New York City on Saturday.  There is a bus that leaves from our town right into Port Authority - quite convenient.  We were in the city by 10 a.m. ~ just in time to do some shopping in the bead and fashion district!  I love perusing the bead stores in NYC.  I usually find some goodies.  Here is what I came home with from this trip.

 I love buying chain in New York.  One store in particular usually has some pretty styles.  I managed to get four different kinds; one with fish, one with dainty flowers, another with hearts and one with some unusual links.  I also bought a good supply of jump rings, lobster clasps and ear wires.  A new clasp that caught my eye is the third photo in the bottom.  They are pretty clasps that feature a leaf.  We then found another store where they had a large assortment of wooden beads.  I fell in love with what they had especially the chain!  It is beautiful and came in four different finishes.  There was an assortment of wooden beads in all shapes and sizes and we had fun picking out a great assortment.  I can't wait to make a few designs with these!  The last treasure of the day was something brand new ~ cotton pearls.  I picked up some round cotton pearls in various colors (not photographed - sorry) and also some spring colored rings.  The colors are so luscious!  I picture them in simple earrings or as links in a bracelet.  Love all the new goodies!

After bead shopping, we hopped on a subway and headed all the way downtown.  We arrived at Washington Square and had lunch in one of our favorite cozy restaurants.  The food is excellent and the wine list goes on for what seems like infinity.

 After a hearty lunch we headed over to Washington Square, one of my favorite spots.  You never know what you are going to see here and Saturday was no exception.  It was a bright sunny day and there was plenty of action to take in.  This young man pushes his grand piano into the park every day and plays and plays and plays.  Absolutely beautiful music.  Our son later told us they are trying to get him removed from the park. 

Even though the air was nippy, people still found ways to soak up the sun.

Here are some sights from the park...

One more very special photo that I captured...just happened to be in the right place at the right time.  The musical pair of a violinist and guitarist were playing Beatles' tunes the entire time we were sitting in the park.  I love the Beatles' music and it was just fun to hear their rendition.  As we were sitting there, the couple next to the musicians in this photo got engaged.  Life is sweet!  The woman was already on her cell phone sharing the great news!

We then ventured over to NYU where our son was a part of Into the Woods.  It was a quaint theater right on campus and you were so close to the actors you could really feel their emotion.  What a great show by the cast, crew and pit orchestra.  Stephen performed well and was a very funny steward in the program.  We are so proud of him.  He also informed us that he was accepted into NYU's study abroad program and will be heading to London next year for spring semester.  It was so nice to see him even though there wasn't a lot of time.  He had another performance at 8 p.m. that night and we had a bus to catch.  What a great day!


  1. Oh, looks like a fabulous day! Lucky you! Bead shopping, NYC, lunch, your son, just sounds perfect!

  2. Sounds fun! I love to go to NY for the arts and crafts shops and galleries. Boooo on kicking the piano player out of the park - I would go ther just for that.


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