Friday, October 28, 2011

New York, New York!

So here we are, home again!  Or at least, in New York again!  It feels good to be back in the States.  And to be near where David is.  Three blocks away, in fact.  We are staying at Dupuy's Landing Guest House on W. 22nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues in the Chelsea district of Manhattan.  We will be here for five weeks before heading back to California for the holidays.

What started out as a two-week visit to do some quick research in the New York Public Library has grown by leaps and bounds.  I had figured to go through historical newspaper files from the first decade of the nineteenth century, looking at files held by NYPL but which they require researchers to access from on site.  Between that and David being here, we put it into the walkabout itinerary.  Penny quickly discovered that the price for a full month at Dupuy's Landing wasn't much more than for just two weeks.  One thing about being on walkabout and having no home is that the calendar must be filled up, and so we reserved four weeks.  Then we were able to get a fifth week at the same rate, which will bring us all the way to Thanksgiving.

So, Here We Are!!

That's not the half of it.  By last summer when we were in Paris, it became apparent that my research needs in the eastern US were much more extensive than I had thought.  I will need time in Boston, New York City, and Washington DC.  NYC is in the middle of those.  We decided to move to New York for a year, and likely for two years.  This five-week visit has now become a reconnaissance for the apartment search next year.  Penny has become very knowledgeable about the on line real estate market for flats and such, and we plan to walk different neighborhoods to see what we like and what we can afford.

Penny went to a Gillibrand for Senate campaign breakfast and had a very interesting time.  

We haven't been out taking photos much yet, but another post will add some of those.  In the meantime, here are a few that I took out walking in Chelsea and through Chelsea Market.
Looking north along 10th Avenue
Inside Chelsea Market, which is a rehabilitated Nabisco facility
Looking across the Hudson River toward New Jersey
A new use for an older building.  Note the street signs built into the side of the building.
The High Line is a pedestrian walkway built along what was once an elevated railway.  

In the background is London Terrace, a full-city block apartment complex built in the 1920s.  David and Louis used to live there.  It is expensive, and has almost no 2 bedroom units.

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