Archive | June, 2010

Chelsea Highline and the 18 Bridges Tour

20 Jun

We had quite an action packed day for our vacation that included the Chelsea Highline and a really unique cruise around the island of Manhattan.  We had a lot of fun walking on the Highline, but I’m not certain it would have been as exciting if we didn’t have plans to go to Chelsea Pier afterward.  Maybe I’m spoiled because Austin has such nice parks and all of the fun times we have had in Central Park, but I didn’t see the need or have the desire to stay at the Highline for that long of a time. It was okay for a quick walk, but for me the main draw was the architectural feat of creating a park on an abandoned rail line.

Chelsea Highline NYC 18 Bridges Tour NYC

The 18 Bridges tour was really cool.  The description on Zerve was “Step aboard the luxurious yacht Manhattan for a full round-Manhattan cruise that takes an in depth look at the engineering marvels of New York City’s fantastic, historic and wildly different bridges, tunnelsinfrastructure and mass transit feats! Tour includes content on city planning, Robert Moses, housing and architecture as well!

John Kriskiewicz, professor of Architecture and City Planning at Parsons and FIT is your host, on this relaxing afternoon cruise.”

This was the best cruises that I have been on except for my bout of seasickness.  Mr. Kriskiewicz was highly engaging and some of the times I miss school  for the great minds and entertainers (yes, I think learning is entertaining and fun when done right). Unfortunately I passed out for awhile after closing my eyes trying to make my stomach stop jumping.  I would however put up with this feeling again for 3 hours on such a beautiful yacht touring my favorite city in the world New York!  We got a double surprise when the Red Bull Air Race was going on.  I think my squirming around to see the race caused my seasickness, but it was cool to see all the same.

Last – it was cool to see Samantha Bee from The Daily Show with John Stewart on the Cruise.  We actually sat across from her for over an hour while I stared out the windows all around and devoured the provided food on the cruise.  Samantha Bee was there with her husband and with her two children and I’m sure she wouldn’t want me to bother her, but I did sneak this pic:Samantha Bee of the John Stewart Show in NYC on 18 Bridges Tour

Uh yeah, there’s some lady in front of her, but I was trying to be incognito and not weird her or her kids out.  Plus, my boyfriend didn’t see her at all so when we got off the boat, I needed my ‘proof’.  Celebs aside, I was impressed by the diversity of those on the trip and the range of information shared and the questions the professor/tour guide answered.

-XOXO 18 Bridges Girl

The Cloisters in NYC

19 Jun

Jimmy and I decided to start the second day of our vacation by taking a quick walk to get some breakfast and then I came up with the great idea of riding a bus to the Cloisters in upper Manhattan.  Great idea on paper, but in reality the Cloisters are really a long way if you stop at Every Single Light and you get started out on 28th street.  All in all the trip was uneventful, he fell asleep, but I decided to do some people watching and watch Manhattan whiz by.  It was cool to see the city whiz by especially above 110th street.  I felt like I had seen other parts of the bus ride on prior trips to NYC by going on other tours, especially the Gossip Girl Tour we took last December.

We were definitely delighted by the Cloisters and while I never considered myself an art collector before, I am eagerly awaiting the next auction of an Aquamanile.  You can read more about aquamaniles here:

Aquamanile Rooster NYC Cloisters

Aquamaniles, Fort Tryon Park

Aquamanile Cloisters NYC Fort Tryon ParkI hope you like some of the pics I shared of the Aquamaniles, but I’m not sure it’s that easy to see how beautiful they are and how regal one must have felt pouring water from it. Feel free to buzz me if you have any good photos of aquamaniles as I eagerly wait to get my hands on one.

XOXO – Cloisters Girl