All images on ‘New York & Boston’ Blog by C London
One June Day in Paris I wandered the city snapping photos. To date, it is one of my most revisited blogs. So I took the opportunity to snap away again this weekend in New England. New York’s Marquis Times Square Marriott–locale of the upcoming Romance Writers Of America’s annual national convention,(June 28 – July 1, 2011) was too big a temptation– fun having a peek at what is to come.
I began my journey in the Boston area…
Early morning M.I.T. All is well in the halls of eggheadedness–God bless ’em.
Chapel interior at M.I.T.
And in the streets of Cambridge…
Travelin’ southward, I stopped in Poughkeepsie, New York’s Barnes and Noble (Okay..cut me a break–had to say ‘hey’ to the locals along the way. Manager Mike Jensen was awesome)
View from my digs for the night on Staten Island nestled at the foot of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
Trees are ready to burst into spring finery…
And our escorts across the water to Manhattan. Pretty darned impressive. Gooooo Coast Guard!
Wet the old whistle at the tavern in lower Manhattan–Fraunces. Washington used to eat at Fraunces Tavern, the same place where he bade farewell to his officers at the end of the American Revolution. History at the foot of the nucleus of modern capitalism.
And the interior…have a Porterhouse red, Christine. Okay–don’t mind if I do.
Lower Manhattan’s financial district has an amazing array of architecture
Even a baby Grand above the lobby of a MacDonalds–pianist serenading diners from his perch. (Ship’s ladder the only access)
Our national touchstone–the grave of nearly 2800 innocents–the Site of the Old (and new) World Trade Center is a place of dreams lost that crystaline September morning…
…and location of the future memorial/new World Trade complex.
Those lost are honoured across the street at the N.Y. Firehouse where a makeshift museum houses artifacts until the new memorial centre is complete. Survivors lead walking tours, sharing their recollections. One man, carefully folded paper in shaking hand, recalled his exit from tower two, his officemate returning for a forgotten item–and never seen again.
Marriott Marquis Times Square will host romance writers, editors, agents and industry professionals end of June. The view from the bar is a- m-a-z-i-n-g
and the eight floors of conference rooms and ballrooms beneath the lobby will house all the RWA workshops.
From the lobby up it is as grand as any Marriott–glass exterior elevators not for the faint of heart about a central cylindrical core.
The rain didn’t stop those intrepid New Yorkers from queuing for theater tickets or bustling about to shop. One afternoon in April might be one of the wettest on record, but the city that can—did.