So We Walked Up the Avenue / Entonces Caminamos Por la Avenida

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THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM of Art is on 5th Avenue, on the east side of Central Park, and runs from 80th Street to 84th. Eldest Cousin (click here) and I met at 46th Street near 5th Avenue and began our visit with a walk up the avenue. We strolled, with stops along the way, to 59th Street at Central Park before finally hailing a taxi (20 city blocks is one mile). She wanted to save her walking for the museum.


EL MUSEO DE Arte Metropolitano está en Fifth Avenue, en el lado este de Central Park, y va desde la calle 80 hasta la 84. La prima mayor (haz clic aquí) y yo nos encontramos en la calle 46 cerca de Fifth Avenue y comenzamos nuestra visita con un paseo por la avenida. Paseamos, con paradas en el camino, hasta la calle 59 en Central Park antes de finalmente tomar un taxi (20 cuadras de la ciudad son una milla). Ella quería salvarla caminando para el museo.

As I came into Times Square from the subway, Minnie Mouse stopped me (to try to get a photo and a payment). She said (in Spanish), “Buenos Días. ¿Quieres una foto?” I don’t know how she knew, but it still didn’t work.
Cuando entré en Times Square desde el metro, Minnie Mouse me detuvo (para tratar de obtener una foto y un pago). Ella dijo (en español): “Buenos días. ¿Quieres una foto? “No sé cómo lo sabía, pero aún así no funcionó.
Saks Fifth Avenue. I spent much of my salary from my first job here. One week I bought a pair of Ferragamo loafers for $70. I earned $172 a week. I just found a comparable pair for $595.
Saks Fifth Avenue. Pasé gran parte de mi salario de mi primer trabajo aquí. Una semana compré un par de mocasines Ferragamo por $70. Ganaba $172 por semana. Acabo de encontrar un par comparable por $595.
Escalators aglow at Saks.
Las escaleras mecánicas brillan en Saks.
Entering Central Park at 79th Street.
Entrando en Central Park en la calle 79.
Model Boat Sailing on Conservatory Water.
Modelo de barco de vela en el Conservatorio de Agua.
The Plaza Hotel. Dale and I used to sit in the lobby and pretend we were guests.
El Hotel Plaza. Dale y yo solíamos sentarnos en el vestíbulo y fingir que éramos invitados.
My first “real job,” 1976–77, was in this building on Park Avenue and 56th. An ad agency.
Mi primer “trabajo real”, 1976–77, fue en este edificio en Park Avenue y la calle 56. Una agencia de publicidad.
A look down Park Avenue. The MetLife Building used to be the PanAm Building. And, sorry, but that’s what I still call it.
Una mirada hacia Park Avenue. El edificio MetLife solía ser el edificio PanAm. Y, lo siento, pero así es como todavía lo llamo.


Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

22 thoughts on “So We Walked Up the Avenue / Entonces Caminamos Por la Avenida”

  1. ew, times square looks trashier than when the sex stores were there.
    have never visited the plaza hotel, nor walked thru central park.
    call the buildings what you will; I still call the macy’s building “wanamaker’s” in philly. fuck the new names!

    1. anne marie:
      Central Park is a revelation. Next time, I think I’ll spend at least a couple of hours exploring. Haven’t done that in forever. I hate when iconic buildings change hands and names, and it’s especially disconcerting when it happens while I’m gone. What do you mean it’s not called PanAm anymore? The building in front of it is still called the Helmsley and Leona (the queen of mean) went to jail years ago!

  2. Ah, the joy of Saks. I haven’t been to New York in years. I miss it so. And I have never been to MOMA. I’m ashamed to admit it, but it’s true and you should have taken me with you. I am quiet and don’t eat much.


    1. Janie:
      Saks sure didn’t look the same as it did in the ’70s! My cousin picked up a little purse she liked. I think it was $4,400! MOMA is Museum of Modern Art. Haven’t been there for years. Metropolitan is amazing! Next time, you can meet me there and we’ll go to the café. The restaurant was incredible, but over the top!

  3. I was first in New York, 11 years ago, I never really understood what all the fuss was about, until I visited. The last visit was last March, I need to go back.

    1. David:
      There really is no place like it. I’m grateful to have to the opportunity to be a tourist there now… and I’m even more grateful to be able to escape!

  4. What a ‘hodge-podge’ in Times Square. Last time there was New Years Eve 87-88………can still feel the crowds!!
    You would be great tour guide.

    1. Jim:
      I spent one New Year’s in Times Square. It was early ’70s and I thought it was awful. And at that time there wasn’t the level of security. Now, people are just about fenced in. I couldn’t do it. I had thought about being a tour guide at one time. I had a colleague who left US News & World Report in the ’80s and took off for Amsterdam where she did guided tours on the canals. It sounded like so much fun.

    1. Bob:
      My sister used to lead me around the city. We always got off the F Train at 34 Street and would then walk at least up to 59th and Bloomingdale’s. I was convince trains and buses didn’t go any further and that’s why we walked. But I LOVE walking.

    1. Debra:
      Thanks for that. I’ve still got more photos to share… And I haven’t even started really on Norway!

    1. Mistress Maddie:
      Once a year at most is an experience I can manage. Too bad I didn’t take in a show this time!

  5. So, how does it make you feel to spend a day like this one, in all of the huge amount of hustle and bustle in Manhattan— energized? inspired? missing your current world in España? Nostalgic for old times, but fine to only visit occasionally?

    1. Judy:
      Inspired? No. Energized? I suppose so. I DID enjoy it. Nostalgic for my sister every time I’m there. She’s the one who introduced me to the city on a grand scale. So, every view (OLD view) is a happy memory. But fine to only visit occasionally. I rode the subway back at rush hour twice (Wednesday from mid-town), which was even more crowded and unpleasant than it used to be.. and it used to be crowded and unpleasant. And, now, I am SO happy to be home.

    1. Kirk:
      My senses are so overwhelmed when I enter Times Square that I barely notice the advertising. (And I’m very aware of who’s around me at any given time, so avoid getting distracted by the pretty(?) lights!

  6. I’m also really enjoying the NYC photos. It’s a wonderful vicarious visit. The last time I was in Manhattan was nearly four years ago, and I only spent one day. Time to go back!

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      This was the first visit where I experienced daily something of what the city has to offer. I’m elated to be home, but I’m glad I got to take so much in.

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