New York vignettes:
Subway ads Lots of public service ads, some private ones, and a few of those are very clever. Often they will buy all the space on a given car. One had a bright orange sign over one seat "this seat reserved for a person in a very good mood."
Flyer flyer Smaller restaurants and other local businesses often have bulletin boards where you can post flyers. One was for "the flyer man." For a small fee, he'd post flyers for you.
Grand Central Station Celebrating its 100th anniversary. It's a beautiful building, right in the middle of midtown. When its predecessor, Grand Central Depot, was put up in the 1860s(?), it was at the edge of town, where it wouldn't bother anybody. The city expanded around it, the tracks were buried, and the newer building was created. It's still being expanded, but even deeper underground. Hope no monsters as they dig down. WWC and I went to see the small exhibit they had, and also just to celebrate the centennial of this landmark building http://www.grandcentralterminal.com
Big trains, little trains From GC, went to N. Y. Historical Society. Only in NYC would this be considered a "little museum." They had an exhibit of antique toys, especially trains from the 19th & early 20th century. They were true works of art. It was on the 4th floor, where I'd never been. It's a rather eclectic floor, with small but excellent collections of not only toys, but also furniture, tools, common objects with old advertising (e.g. paperweights), and Civil War artifacts. It is what my den/library looks like, expanded 100-fold.
Family & food In the morning, WWC & I went to Bluebell Diner, our local fav. They don't do anything so special, but they do the basics very nicely. That night, were going to see the current Lincoln movie, but Dad was feeling poorly, and we wanted to stay with him. Went out for dinner later, but most places already closed (late Sunday night). The Italian place run by the Indian people was closing, so we spent a bit deciding between the Polish resto and sushi. I love this town.
Last day Had reservations at Nougatine. Got there, and they were very unclear on the concept of customer service. Had reserved via restaurant week special for lunch. "Sorry we don't serve lunch at this hour." Their breakfast menu was nothing that you couldn't get in any diner in NY for 1/2 the price. The manager couldn't get the concept of 'you screwed up, dissatisfied customer, figure out something to make him happy.' Went back to Bluebell Diner, which restored my mood. Was going to see a museum* but the one I wanted was closed on Monday. Frustrating AM. In a way it was good, as I had a chance to look in on Dad again.
And..... a travel kerfuffle Required gate check "carry on." Cargo door on plane froze, so couldn’t unload them in Montreal. After almost an hour wait, they announced that anyone who didn’t want to wait further could have their bags delivered. Ran around getting all the forms signed off (including customs), came back, and they announced the door had just been unfrozen, and they were now unloading our bags. First time I spent more time delayed in the arrivals terminal than I spent on the flight.
*Was trying for 3 museums in 3 days, planning on growing up to be oxymoron67. Really though, he is a Past Grand Master of museum geekdom; 7 in 7 days is more his style.