The Waldorf

While we were in New York City we stayed at The Benjamin hotel on the northeast corner of 50th Street and Lexington Avenue.

We stayed at The Benjamin.

Diagonally across the intersection is the renowned Waldorf Astoria.

The Waldorf’s mosaic lobby floor.

We took a stroll through the lobby and a short rest in their atrium.

Charlie looks right at home in the historic hotel lobby.

Unbeknownst to us the Waldorf would close the next week to undergo a complete renovation and restoration. It is planned to reopen in two to three years. Waldorf Astoria New York will feature restored historic public and event spaces along with luxury condominiums and guest rooms and suites that will set a new standard for luxury and service in New York.

The floor is beautifully detailed.

From the Waldorf Astoria website:

The Waldorf Astoria New York hotel is an essential destination for enthusiasts of the Art Deco style. Recognized as one of the world’s most significant examples of Art Deco art and architecture, this New York City luxury hotel is a living museum of decorative ornamentation, design, remarkable paintings and beautiful motifs. An official New York City landmark since 1993, the Art Deco hotel occupies an entire city block in midtown Manhattan.

The original Waldorf Hotel was built on the site of millionaire William Waldorf Astor’s mansion at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 33rd Street.  The 13-story hotel opened on 13 March 1893. Four years later, Waldorf’s cousin, John Jacob Astor IV, erected the 17-story Astoria Hotel on an adjacent site. John Jacob Astor IV died on the Titanic on 15 April 1912.  William Waldorf Astoria, having returned to England in 1893, died 18 October 1919.

In 1929, the owners decided to tear down the original building due to it becoming dated and the draining of its revenues caused by Prohibition.  The site was sold to the developers of what would become the Empire State Building. The current location on Park Avenue opened on 1 October 1931 as the tallest and largest hotel in the world.

Hilton purchased the property in 1949 (the building and management contract), for $3 million, from New York State Realty & Terminal Company. New York Central RR owned the land, which Hilton purchased in 1977.
How they’ll improve this I don’t know.

When it opens again, if we get to NYC, perhaps we’ll take afternoon tea.

What city are you fond of visiting?

Day 2 in NYC

We expected to see some good theatre in New York.  But it was better than that.

Sunset Boulevard -- a dramatic musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber.
Sunset Boulevard — a dramatic musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber.

Friday night we saw Wicked which was good but Saturday afternoon we attended Sunset Boulevard, an Andrew Lloyd Weber musical patterned after the vintage noir dramatic film starring Gloria Swanson.

Glenn Close as Norma Desmond and Julian Forsyth as Cecil B. DeMille.
Glenn Close as Norma Desmond and Julian Forsyth as Cecil B. DeMille.

The stage version playing for 16 weeks on Broadway at the Palace theatre stars Glenn Close who won a Toni  Award for her original portrayal 22 years ago.  Ms. Close is now 70 and brought the house down.

Sardi's is famous for its caricature-covered walls.
Sardi’s is famous for its caricature-covered walls.

After having dinner at the vintage NY restaurant, Sardi’s, we strolled over to the Minskoff Theatre to see The Lion King.

The Lion King's grand drape -- photos of the actual show are forbidden.
The Lion King’s grand drape — photos of the actual show are forbidden.

The opening number of large puppet animals all coming together for the Circle of Life is amazing.

Looking forward to The Book of Mormon -- a comedy.
Looking forward to The Book of Mormon — a comedy.

Today we have tickets for Book of Mormon and then we’re heading back home.

Is there a show you would love to see?

 

A Travel Day

The 3 Gladeskateers left The Glade at 10 a.m. headed for New York City.  I had planned to make our first stop breakfast but unfortunately the place I chose stopped serving breakfast at 10 and didn’t serve lunch until 11.

Heading over the bridge at the northern end of the New Jersey Turnpike.
Heading over the bridge at the northern end of the New Jersey Turnpike.

So we jumped back on the highway northbound.

We stayed at The Benjamin which I had stayed at before when it was called The Beverly.
We stayed at The Benjamin which I had stayed at before when it was called The Beverly.

After checking into our hotel we headed to the theatre district.

The grand drape for Wicked is a map of Oz and surrounding territories.
The grand drape for Wicked is a map of Oz and surrounding territories.

We had tickets for Wicked which started at 8 and ended about 10:45.

Feinstein's is an intimate and fun cabaret.
Feinstein’s is an intimate and fun cabaret.

From the Gershwin Theatre we walked north 3 blocks to a cabaret at Feinstein’s 54 Below.

We strolled back to the hotel at 1:30 a.m. east on 50th Street passing Rockefeller Center on the way.
We strolled back to the hotel at 1:30 a.m. east on 50th Street passing Rockefeller Center on the way.

I’ll leave the details until later. Now we’re just trying to get a little shut eye to prepare us for tomorrow’s extravaganza.

Do you have a favorite musical?

A Million Different Directions

We are trying to tie up lose ends on our projects both in the house and in the Cottage but new items keep cropping up.

Before sewing the rugs together I cut off the fringe.
Before sewing the rugs together I cut off the fringe.

I started working on the stair runner two weeks ago.  I finished about half of it before the sewing machine started giving me problems.

We'll be staying in a historic hotel.
We’ll be staying in a historic hotel.

Also we’re heading to New York City soon so I’m trying to make plans for the trip.  Thus far I have reduced our hotel bill $155 by going back to the website and calling for a better deal.  Unfortunately $155 won’t pay our parking for the weekend but it will certainly help.

I have always enjoyed a late-night cabaret.
I have always enjoyed a late-night cabaret.

I have made a short list of Broadway, off-Broadway, and cabaret shows as well as must-see restaurants for the first-time visitor. We’ll be staying near the Waldorf.  Any suggestions?

The Cottage windows are charming but drafty.
The Cottage windows are charming but drafty.

Our Cottage tenant has decided to have all the windows replaced with more efficient ones as well as a new front door and storm door.  Those items along with some interior trim should keep the Cottage “under construction” for a few weeks.

The conservatory sink will get a backsplash that matches the shower tile.
The conservatory sink will get a backsplash that matches the shower tile.

And Charlie and I are getting additional tile installation quotes since the first one was much more than we expected.

Soup is on the menu.
Soup is on the menu.

Then, when we get back from New York I’ll have to begin cooking and decorating for the “surprise party”.  I think I have worked out how it will go but I still need to contact a few bunch of friends.

I'm planning a South of the Border theme.
I’m planning a South of the Border theme.

I’m already planning a bridal shower for May which I hope my choir will actually sponsor since one of our own is getting married in June.

I'm starting in the living room.
I’m starting in the living room.

First thing on the agenda: clean the house!!!

Do you plan ahead and then realize you’re all booked up?

Triptych in the Master Bathroom

By definition a triptych is a set of three associated artistic, literary, or musical works intended to be appreciated together.

Notre Dame print and map of France clock.
Notre Dame print and map of France clock.

To finish up the space over the toilet in the master bathroom where I hung a print of Paris and a clock with a map of France I felt there needed to be one more item. I had a piece of shelf glass that would fit well.

Home Depot has a large selection of glass shelf brackets in the storage aisle.
Home Depot has a large selection of glass shelf brackets in the storage aisle.

I wanted to hang it with the least conspicuous hardware which I found at Home Depot. (Naturally the first HD I stopped at did not have it but the one heading in the other direction had a variety of styles on hand.)

The long screws must be tightened before the glass slips into the bracket.
The long screws must be tightened before the glass slips into the bracket.

Using a level and long dry wall anchors that came with the shelf brackets I managed to secure the shelf to the wall allowing enough space for the top of the toilet tank to be removed without taking the shelf down.

The glass shelf is inconspicuous.
The glass shelf is inconspicuous.

The brackets I chose are rated for no deeper than a 6″ glass shelf;  my shelf is closer to 8 inches so I might have to make an adjustment.

The repetition of the color green is working for me.
The repetition of the color green is working for me.

I’m looking for my colorful paper fish to display on the shelf but for now I have a small Limoges box, an enamel lidded box, and a small pitcher.

Shelf décor.
Shelf décor.

Bringing a little more of France into the master suite.

Do you have trouble hanging things level?

List 2017: February Plans

February is my favorite month probably because it’s my birth month and it’s short and it bridges the gap between winter and spring.

The Lion King and Wicked are definitely on our list.
The Lion King and Wicked are definitely on our list.

This February we already have plans for a long weekend in NYC with the express intention of seeing maximum Broadway and off-Broadway shows and possible a cabaret. (This is item #53 from my 101 in 1001.)

The light in question is at the bottom of the eave on the right.
The light in question is at the bottom of the eave on the right.

I also want to align our outdoor flood light so it comes on when someone pulls into the driveway.  It became misaligned while we were painting the house in 2015. Unfortunately we have to pull out the big extension ladder to reach it. Time to be seen again without having to walk in the mud and wave my hands like an idiot.

We have pulled the tile we want to utilize for backsplashes.
We have pulled the tile we want to utilize for backsplashes.

I’m still waiting for a proposal from our tile guy. He said he was a month out when we spoke in January so I hope his crew will start and finish in February.

Trim in the hall ready to be measured, cut, and applied.
Trim in the hall ready to be measured, cut, and applied.

Charlie is trying to install the baseboard trim that has been filling our upstairs hallway for months now.  He complains that he can’t access the other upstairs rooms yet has been dragging his feet on this project. Hoping this will get top priority while I’m at my day job.

The stair runner to the second floor has never been finished.
The stair runner to the second floor has never been finished.

I have 2 personal projects set to start this weekend that only I can do.  More details later.

What’s your favorite month?

We Can Recommend AirBnB

Charlie and I have been on the trip from Phoenix, Arizona, to Los Angeles, California.

The red rocks of Sedona, Arizona.
The red rocks of Sedona, Arizona.

From Phoenix we went first to the Grand Canyon by way of Sedona then to Las Vegas then to Death Valley and the Sequoia forest.

Sunset at the beach in Cayugas, California.
Sunset at the beach in Cayugas, California.

After the Sequoias we headed west to the Pacific Ocean.

The Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard with a special metallic bug.
The Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard with a special metallic bug.

And finally Los Angeles.

Each property is unique with different strengths.
Each property is unique with different strengths.

We stayed in AirBnB properties all but one night. We tried to keep the nightly rate around $100.  Sometimes it was a little more and sometimes a little less.

This Arizona house is built mostly underground in the desert.
This Arizona house is built mostly underground in the desert.

Each property was totally unique. Our first night just north of Phoenix was in a house built mostly underground.

We were issued our own remote control for the security gate.
We were issued our own remote control for the security gate.

I told you about the lovely place in Boulder City just east of Las Vegas where we stayed 2 nights. But the night we saw Celine we stayed in a gated $2.5 million mansion in northwest Las Vegas.  The room was tiny and almost nothing worked. There was no air conditioning and the shower was just a trickle. The main benefit was that we felt very safe behind the electronic gates including our auto and belongings.

Fresh fruit from the grove outside was served for breakfast at this pleasant house.
Fresh fruit from the grove outside was served for breakfast at this pleasant house.

Next we went to a fruit grove in King’s Canyon California that served us an awesome breakfast, the best we’d had anywhere.

The Pacific Ocean was in view from our bedroom and deck in Cayugas.
The Pacific Ocean was in view from our bedroom and deck in Cayugas.

On the coast we stayed in a beach house in Cayugas with a view of the Pacific Ocean from both our room and outside balcony.

We chose our final BnB because of its proximity to LAX.
We chose our final BnB because of its proximity to LAX.

For the last two nights of our journey we stayed in a basic house very near LAX.  Our main concern at the end was that we would be able to get to the airport for a 6:30 a.m. flight.  Our host picked us up from dropping off the rental car the night before and took us to meet our plane at 4 a.m. with no further charge than the room fee.

Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home

Now we’re back home in our own home, our own room, and our own bed. There’s no place like home.

What’s your favorite accommodation on the road?