09.06.2019 (76 Days Ago)

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Labor Day Doings
Labor Day Doings
76 days ago 15 comments Categories: Holidays Tags:

The words Labor Day conjure up images of end of Summer enjoyment on a sandy beach.  However, on this Labor Day, as is our contrarian wont (see previous blog re our recent visit to the Guggenheim) we went away from the beach and into the city for a day in lower Manhattan at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

We zoomed into the city in record time (the sign on the Expressway said 17 minutes to the QMT as we passed under it in Nassau) and easily found a street parking spot.

We enjoyed coffee at a secret favorite place and arrived at the Whitney at the 10:30 opening time just as rain began to fall.

What’s more, I was pleased to pay a half price guest fee to peruse and enjoy the Whitney Biennial and their permanent collection.

Hopper was in profusion along with Warhol and other favorites.

Lunchtime was another in house treat as we found our way to Danny Meyer’s Untitled Restaurant in the lobby.

Being a Labor Lawyer, I am aware of Mr. Meyer’s innovations concerning tipping and as soon as the waitress appeared I engaged her on the subject and was somewhat surprised by how positive she was with the arrangement (higher menu prices cover her compensation).

The food was good and we found a respite in the rain enabling us to stay dry on our way to the car and we proceeded to zoom home by 2:00.

Just think, everything clicked on a perfect Labor Day outing and our “beach day” was not ruined by the rain!

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  •  Corey_Bearak wrote 76 Days Ago (neutral) 
    I purposely diverted from WAZE's recommended route to visit Jonathan the day before so Shelly and I could ride the newly opened Kosciusko Bridge westbound span. Even found a free spot in downtown BK. Funny how you mentioned the rain you mostly missed. I was amazed how protected I was by my Umbrellas on Monday. Somewhat surreal. We enjoyed dinner with friends (you know the couple) at their home (generally they are part of what we do on Labor Day Shelly reminded them).
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  •  Benjamin_Geizhals wrote 76 Days Ago (neutral) 
    Always nice to avoid the crowds. There is something to be said for the contrarian approach.
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  •  Paul_Napolitano wrote 76 Days Ago (neutral) 
    It seems you have found the trick to getting in and out in a positive way. Maybe I will try it again one day…
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  •  Daniel_Schwartz wrote 76 Days Ago (neutral) 
    Holidays pose a whole different perspective to NY driving depending on what you chose to do. Going against the norm will always garner better results traffic wise. Nice you have figured that out. Hint, when going to see the Thanksgiving Day Parade, ending by 34th St., I have always driven in and gotten a free spot just blocks away from 34th St. with no issue, avoiding the hysteria of overcrowded trains and stations.
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  •  Odey_Raviv wrote 76 Days Ago (neutral) 
    The City on holidays is a very enjoyable way to see things without the usual stress.
    Sounds like you had an almost perfect day.
    Too bad Untitled was only good!
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  •  NeilHollander wrote 76 Days Ago (neutral) 
    Your energy is non pareiled. It must be the young wife . Me? Kick off the smoker at dawn . Short Ribs, Yankees , jazz piano , craft beer long necks and Cubans . That being said. I miss Manhattan . Nothing approaches it. My addiction for the Sabrett street dog non withstanding . I give Joey Chestnut a run for his money . The fantasy of New York on a rainy Labor Day vs my reality on the mountain above the Pacific . Im envious of your lifestyle but treasure mine . Funny how in the “ afterlife “ we can have it both ways now right Derf ? Our young wives give us the mojo . I know P-Nap will back me up . Would I trade a smoked short rib for some Nathan’ s fries ? I’d have to throw in a couple of dogs to make it work .

    Hollander Sends
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  •  Judy_Mauer wrote 76 Days Ago (neutral) 
    Sounds like perfect day - and all the fates were with you. You were totally in the groove. Art and food - nothing better.
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