We’ve decided to head to NYC to spend American Thanksgiving with my parents. We haven’t seen them in a year and a half, and we’re all excited to spend part of the holiday season in NYC, where we haven’t been for four years.
I’m using this page to keep track of some of our readalouds etc. in preparation for our trip, and also some sites/sights we’re planning to visit and revisit.
Storied City: A Children’s Book Walking-Tour Guide to New York City by Leonard Marcus; found at BookCloseouts a few years ago and bought on a whim. I just wish there was a book like this for most cities.
The New York Chronology by James Trager, a great big doorstop of a book (for adults and older children), found not too long ago at BookCloseouts and still available there
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden; we read this four years ago, but Daniel, who was five-and-a-half, remembered little, and Davy, who was four, remembered nothing.
Chester Cricket’s Pigeon Ride by George Selden
This is New York by Miroslav Sasek
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg; same as Cricket — the boys remember little to nothing.
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
A Rat’s Tale by Tor Seidler, illustrated by Fred Marcellino
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Brian Selznick; also very good for chapter one of SOTW4 (about Queen Victoria and the Crystal Palace)
On This Spot: An Expedition Back Through Time by Susan E. Goodman, illustrated by Lee Christiansen; also good for prehistory/evolution
My New York by Kathy Jakobsen
You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Glasser
Miracle on 34th Street with Edmund Gwenn and Natalie Wood
On the Town with Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin, Ann Miller, Vera Ellen, and Betty Garrett. And Comden and Green and Leonard Bernstein.
My Sister Eileen with Betty Garrett, Jack Lemmon, Bob Fosse, Tommy Rall, and Janet Leigh
A Night at the Opera with the Marx Brothers and Kitty Carlisle
Life with Father with William Powell, Irene Dunne, Elizabeth Taylor, and Edmund Gwenn
It Should Happen to You with Judy Holliday and Jack Lemmon
Guys and Dolls with Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, and Jean Simmons
Bell, Book and Candle with James Stewart, Kim Novak, and Jack Lemmon; somehow it’s just not a NYC movie without Jack Lemmon…
An Affair to Remember with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr
The World of Henry Orient with Merrie Spaeth, Tippy Walker, Peter Sellers, Paula Prentiss, Angela Lansbury, and Tom Bosley
Funny Girl with Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif
King Kong with Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, and Bruce Cabot
West Side Story with Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn
Splash with Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah and John Candy
The Muppets Take Manhattan
American Experience: New York directed by Ric Burns
“The Odd Couple” with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman
Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts
Free 90-minute walking tours of the Flatiron District, starting at 11 am every Sunday
Museum of the City of New York, especially the exhibits on NYC theater and my childhood favorite toys (including the dollhouses for Laura) and the fire engines
New-York Historical Society, especially the new exhibit on the Hudson River School, “Nature and the American Vision”; and Audubon’s incredible watercolors for his “Birds of America”. And, good timing for our current Civil War studies: “Grant and Lee in War and Peace”, the new exhibit at The New-York Historical Society; particularly good along with the NYHS’s the permanent exhibit “Slavery in New York”
American Museum of Natural History, especially the new Horse exhibit; and the Planetarium/Rose Center
The Maxilla & Mandible shop near the Museum of Natural History
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade; the parade itself and the balloon blowing-up the night before, on my old block (West 77th Street)
USS Intrepid/Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum for Daniel
South Street Seaport — the museum, not the shopping (oy). Some interesting looking family programs on Saturdays, free with admission.
Gramercy Typewriter Co. for Davy
New York Doll Hospital
Watching Jacques Torres make chocolate
“Drawing Babar: Early Drafts and Watercolors”, at the Pierpont Morgan Library and Museum from September 19, 2008 through January 4, 2009.
The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street
New York, NY 10016
New York City’s new Rat Tracker website, officially known as the “Rat Information Portal, complete with a searchable map of rat inspections and violations”; via the Associated Press
From Serious Eats/New York:
The NY Times covers cheap sandwich spots in downtown Manhattan
A Guide to the Best Doughnuts in New York
The kids are intrigued by the idea of $1 meat on a stick under a bridge, especially the hot dog flower. Less so the octopus…
Chocolate egg creams (and BLTs) at Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop, and just egg creams at Lexington Candy Shop luncheonette
Black and white cookies and chocolate eclairs at the Glaser Bake Shop, 87th and First
Economy Candy on Rivington Street
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