Friday, January 8, 2010
A Night Out
So the weather has been SO cold everywhere, that it is almost impossible to go anywhere warm, without leaving the country! So I decided last night that we needed to be adventurous and head out into it. I am such a pansy when it comes to the cold weather!!!!! Layer upon layer, we braved the cold. I think last night it only was around 25 but you cant be to sure. I have been craving a steak and these fabulous potatoes from a place called Arthurs Tavern in Hoboken NJ. Anyone not familiar with Hoboken NJ, it is a very busy spot. Especially at night, and even more so later in the night. There are plenty of bars/clubs and eateries to be had. Not to forget that Frank Sinatra was born here. Boy, if Frank could see it now! Hoboken is one of my favorite places to go to--the old brownstones, the cobbled streets, the excitement of it all. Also, it is directly on the other side of the Hudson river, looking out at Mid-town Manhattan.
The first picture is of the famous Arthurs. Located on the corner of Washington and 3rd, it is a great place, 2 levels and plenty of steak to go around. The menu consists of only a few choices, either the the 24 ounce rib-eye or the 48 ounce rib-eye, with a side of these outstanding, mouth-watering potatoes. There are other things- like a burger, and a measly salad...but you don't really go to Arthurs for that. I have had friends in the past order the 48 ounce and it does seem to take forever for it to be delivered. We always order the 'steak' the 24 ounce variety and it is always worth the wait. It wasn't to busy last night, we did go early and it is freezing out, so we were in and out in less then 1 hour. In the warmer weather, you could be waiting for a table for an hour. Boy, it is worth every minute you wait:)
This next picture is of Mid-town Manhattan, from the famed Chart House Restaurant pier. Looking left to right, you see from Columbus Circle/61st Street to the Empire State Building/34Th St. In between is the famed Times Square where the 'ball' is dropped to ring in the new year, the Intrepid museum docked in the Hudson river, and some of the most fabulous places- Central Park, Horse and Carriage rides, shopping--the Famous 5Th Avenue- Bergdorfs, Tiffanys, FAO Schwartz, eateries, etc, etc, on earth. The Empire State building is blue now, I am not sure of the lighting schedule, but just the night before, it was still red and green for Christmas.
A few minutes later, we were in Jersey City. I got a great shot of Downtown/Battery Park. The skyline is not the same, it hasn't been for almost 10 years now. I miss the Towers. It was such a clear, crisp, cold night last night, that the pictures really turned out great. In Jersey City, you are even closer to the NY then you were in Hoboken, so they aren't as blurry. Isn't it a gorgeous site? I could stand and look across all day, and all night-- but then I would also be a frozen figure :). She is not in the picture but far off to the right, stands Lady Liberty. Holding her torch, standing tall and proud. It was too dark to see her tonight, but I know that she is there.
The piece of steel in this next picture is from the WTC, and has been there in Jersey City for many years. Objects are placed on it in remembrance. It is just amazing to me still that what stood so proud on our skyline, could end up in a mess like this. Look at the picture closely, those steel rivets just melted. The melted piece of steel once was about 20 feet long-straight in length. You would need a crane to pick this piece up. Now look at it. I think in 1000 years, people will still look at this and shake there heads.
This spot is now a wonderful memorial. The weathered flag laying on this piece of melted steel, overlooking the wonderful and mighty NYC. The rebuilding has begun, and someday we will have a new skyline to look at. The Towers that stood are Gone, but Not Forgotten.