Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

PERSPECTIVES: HUDSON RIVER CRUISING


 Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

What is your perspective on New York City?

Have you seen it up close and personal, by walking its streets?
Gotten a good overview by driving through it?
Seen it at a distance, from across a river or from the air?
Or is your perspective of New York 
based on what you've seen in the movies, or on TV?
 
When it comes to Manhattan,
I'm fortunate to know it intimately through a variety of vistas.......

Flying into its airports and getting a bird's eye view, .......
Viewing it from the top of the Empire State Building......
Looking out at it from my apartment or office windows.....
Admiring it from my sister's co-op in NJ
across the river ......
Gazing at it through the windows of countless buses and taxis......
Driving into it over the George Washington Bridge.......
Walking endless miles on foot over years of living and working in the city. 

But one of my favorite perspectives of Manhattan is a panoramic view from the water.
Its majesty can best be appreciated when witnessing 
the full-length of the New York City skyline from the Hudson River.

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've done quite a few cruises around Manhattan over the years.
When friends asked a few weeks ago if we wanted to go on a dinner cruise,
there was no hesitation in our answer.
The appeal of this cruise was that it left from Westchester County, NY, 
only about a 45 minute ride for us, which eliminated the hassles of driving into the city.

The yacht had a nice dining room, a lounge, and two outdoor decks. 
The top deck of the stern had a dance floor, a D.J. and was pretty loud,
but it was the best place to see the sights and take photos. 

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Leaving from Yonkers, the yacht made its way down the Hudson.
I choked down my dinner in order to be outside on the deck  
to see the first point of interest -- the George Washington Bridge.
The GWB and I have an intimate relationship,
as I always drive over it from NJ into NYC, usually at a crawl, due to heavy traffic.
In contrast, sailing under it offered quite a spectacular perspective.

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

And, who knew there was a little red lighthouse at the base?

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

It was a perfect evening to be on the water.........
clear skies and high 80's.

 The sights got more interesting once we got closer to midtown Manhattan.

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Downtown Manhattan offered a view of the new Freedom Tower,
which stands where the World Trade Center towers used to be.
This always puts a lump in my throat.

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The highlight of any river cruise is seeing the Statue of Liberty.
Yes, the DJ played "New York, New York," when we got there.
A little hokey, but it worked. 

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I found myself pretty choked up upon seeing the Lady of the Harbor this time. 
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,"  
she said, and I could swear I saw a little tear fall from her eye.

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

We made our way back up the Hudson during the "golden hour," 
the time of day which paints the skyline gold.
A backdrop of dramatic black clouds to the east 
cast a glow to the Manhattan skyline like I've never seen before.
It was stunning!

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The gray aircraft carrier, Intrepid, was almost camouflaged.

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The Empire State Building as always, owned the midtown skyline........

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

and was in an ombre state of mind.   

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The Chrysler Building peeked out from behind a brick sea of gold.


Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Midtown took on a futuristic hue.

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The view was so sensational, it almost didn't look real.
I promise you, though, it's not fake hues.

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Via 57 West is one of the newer additions to the skyline.
How would you like the apartment at the top of that pyramid?

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The buildings formerly known as Trump Place (most of them, anyway) 
face the West Side Highway.

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I think we took a wrong turn and ended up in Westeros.

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

If you plan to take a cruise along the Hudson River,
I highly recommend you do it around sunset,
when Manhattan is looking its finest.

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Heading back under the George Washington Bridge 
signaled that the cruise was almost over.

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Perspectives.........
How you see the world depends on where you're looking from. 

 

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

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Friday, August 18, 2017

BEST OF THE WEEKEND 8.18.17 AND COLLEGE COUNTDOWN!









Hi, all!
Welcome to Best of the Weekend!
We are in full college count-down mode 
here in the Goo Shoes household. 
Last-minute purchases are being made,
mounds of laundry are being washed,
school supplies are being purchased,
and dorm room essentials are being packed.
(And let's be honest here, some non-essentials, too!).
Excitement is building as high as the 
mountains of stuff we're collecting for move-in day!

And now, in other exciting news, 

it's time to start the BOTW party!



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Friday, August 11, 2017

BEST OF THE WEEKEND 8.11.17









Hey there, friends!
Welcome to Best Of The Weekend
How was your week?
Mine was productive -- I made lots of progress with the college preparations.

We did squeeze in a little fun, too.
We had a family outing to New York City which you can read about here.....
I did some shopping for an exciting trip I'm going on in the fall.
It's going to be a challenging one to pack for........

That's all I'm going say about it for now! 
Tomorrow, we're going to my cousins' for a barbecue.
Hopefully, the weather forecast will be wrong, 
and the predicted thunderstorms will stay far away from us.
 What's on your agenda for the weekend?
Whatever you're doing, I'm glad you stopped here first!





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Thursday, August 10, 2017

TODAY IN NEW YORK CITY: BACK TO OUR FOOD ROOTS





Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The Goo Shoes family (Ms., Mr., Jr., and Aunt)
drove into Manhattan today to have lunch at a famous landmark, 
which has been serving the food of our ancestors since 1888.

Okay, maybe not the ones who lived in Russia - -
their diet consisted mostly of potatoes and borscht.
But our grandparents (Junior GS's great-grandparents)
who immigrated to the United States and ended up on the Lower East Side, 
could possibly have tasted their first pastrami sandwiches in this iconic eatery.

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

 Katz's Delicatessen has been an institution for New York Jews for generations,
and we wanted Junior Goo Shoes to experience it.
Jewish people aren't the only ones who dine at Katz's.
It has become a major tourist attraction, filled with visitors from all over the world
who want to enjoy a quintessential New York City food experience. 

Undoubtedly, many people became aware of Katz's in 1989
when the now well-known scene in When Harry Met Sally was filmed.
See that sign?

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

You know the one........
"I'll have what she's having."

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The restaurant is huge.
You can either order at the counter........

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

or opt for table service.

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Katz's is known for their pastrami and corned beef, 
which are cured for up to 30 days, 
as opposed to 36 hours for commercial versions.
Even Junior GS immediately noticed the difference.

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


 Is this corned beef beautiful, or what?

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

 The latkes (aka potato pancakes) aren't pretty, but they are dee-LISH! 
Do you like yours with apple sauce or sour cream?

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Half-sour and sour pickles, and pickled tomatoes - yum!



I couldn't resist a New York egg cream, 
invented in this very neighborhood back in the late1800's.
Why it's called an egg cream is a bit of a mystery, 
but rest assured, there's no egg in it. 
It's a delicious mixture of milk, chocolate syrup and seltzer.
It's not "official" unless it has a frothy top.
Soooooooo good.

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I'd love one of these old signs for my kitchen!


Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


 The lower East Side is a mecca for Jewish cuisine.
The neighborhood is home to Yonah Schimmel's Knish Bakery,
operating for 100+ years (sorry, no photo),
and, just a few doors down from Katz's is Russ and Daughters,
another iconic food destination that's been around for over a century.

Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Look at all that dried fruit in the window!


Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


As much as I wanted to sample delicacies from all three places,
a girl can only eat so much
(yes, even this girl).  
The only way to do that is to go on one of those walking food tours in lower Manhattan.
I'm going to look into that.
This picture has nothing to do with anything,
other than the fact that it's in the neighborhood,
and is a really cool sign. 


Ms. Toody goes to Katz's Deli in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


 It was a quick in-and-out of New York City,
and we did come home with doggie bags. 
There's no way Sadie's gonna get her paws on these leftovers, however. 

Now, if you'll pardon me, I'm going to research those walking food tours. 
 Who wants to come with me?




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