(And check out the following post, below, about Americans wanting to write books...)
Our trip was filled with small anecdotes and incidents that I will never forget:
--For example, after Mark and I checked in to the hotel (across from Madison Square Garden) we had not eaten for hours, and looked for a cafe or other non-chain eatery. We headed toward Times Square and Broadway, and finally found Juniors, in the heart of the theater district after walking for about an hour. I knew it was the right spot when, over the loudspeakers on the patio, I heard---you guessed it---Joni Mitchell, my musical idol, singing her hit, "Help Me". [Outstanding sandwiches, too.]
--The Naked Cowboy...what's his story? He entertained the crowds on Friday night, in Times Square...
--A Rice Pudding shop in Little Italy, where Max regaled us with stories about his work in theater and film
--The Chelsea Market, with wonderful creative foods, pastries, and Jillian's passion, cupcakes.
--Saw the Statue of Liberty in the distance off one of the renovated piers at Hudson River Park; then walked on the High Line, a new park constructed on an old freight-train platform....awesome atmosphere, and views.
--Walked by the Stonewall Inn, and in the window was the first issue of the Advocate magazine, with a cover photo of a naked Jon Voight from "Midnight Cowboy".
--The Tick Tock Cafe...Bourbon Street.....Fresco... Places we found and liked a lot...
--Laughing, exhausted, on the subway with Mark.....