Matthew had some work to do in New York over spring break, so we decided to take advantage of the free (swishy!) hotel room and enjoy the city for a few days as a family. Couper and Patrick have been to New York before, so they knew what to expect. And I was only half joking when I said a big part of the appeal for them was the opportunity to watch TV in bed and look out the hotel room window (everything seems so exotic from 20 floors up!)
One of the things I love about New York is its familiarity. I know that sounds strange for such a huge, and often overwhelming city. But even people who've never been there know New York. It's been captured so many times, from so many angles and eras in books, television and movies, that it's entered the American conscience, at least, as something familiar. There's the Empire State Building from Sleepless in Seattle. Do you think that's the apartment building from Mad About You? Oh look, there's Macy's, from the outside it still looks like Miracle on 42nd Street. This looks like the Central Park path they walked on in When Harry Met Sally. The list goes on and on.
The kids, of course, associate New York with Madagascar, specifically the Central Park Zoo. This was on top of their list for sightseeing this trip. Matthew had a few hours of meetings, and the weather was perfect - cool, clear and sunny. I think the kids could spend days in Central Park, but the zoo is a special treat. First we visited the animals.