Wandering the Westside

 

A Wonderful Weekend in Downtown Manhattan

Arriving in style from JFK to the Upper East side with Groundlink, I knew I started my weekend well. I loved my airport pickup with Richard in his brand new Mercedes. Groundlink’s app is easy to use and their service will be starting soon in Los Angeles, I can’t wait!
On this trip I ventured to a new neighborhood and enjoyed the Downtown Westside Meatpacking District scene. Be sure to check out the very happening Eataly. Wander the aisles full of tasty treats and buy fresh pasta, see the great dining options and definitely taste the salted caramel gelato. Enjoy the worldwide wine selection at Eleven Madison Park:   I decided to pick my wine from where I want to travel next; I selected a Greek vintage. It was simply delicious!
For a bit of nature during my trip to the big city, I checked out the recycled train tracks of High Line
This comes from the friends of High Line site:

The High Line was built in the 1930s, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement. It lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan’s largest industrial district. No trains have run on the High Line since 1980. Friends of the High Line, a community-based non-profit group, formed in 1999 when the historic structure was under threat of demolition. Friends of the High Line works in partnership with the City of New York to preserve and maintain the structure as an elevated public park.

One section only opened to the public in June 2011 and the one and a half mile walk with over 200 types of plants en route, is beautiful. The breeze off the water was a bit chilly at first but I really enjoyed our stroll.
Don’t miss out on the New York Burger Company on West 23rd! I missed the magical Sunday lunch with the Great Lerdini as I was there on a Saturday but I am ready to order a Flatiron burger and have it sent to me in Los Angeles! I hope a branch of the restaurant makes its way to my town or I am going to have to fly back for lunch. How can you not love a place that says, “What we’re made of: our main ingredients include love, passion and a healthy measure of obsession.” There website also states: “By consistently meeting and then exceeding expectations, New York Burger Co.™ convincingly raises the bar for the quick service/fast casual meal experience.” My expectations were more than exceeded!
Another must-see New York experience is the fabulous world of the Voca People. My sister, her teenage son, and I fully enjoyed the eight aliens from Voca perform in a musical extravaganza of “Life is Music and Music is Life.” The Voca people require energy from music to power their rocket ship and return home. For eight people to create so many sounds, so much full music was astounding! I loved the audience involvement and when the cast walked the aisles to sing up close to us. This A Capella experience was described as “…if Blue Man Group had a baby with Stomp, and that baby was both a big Glee fan and also a weirdo,” with a painted white face. I loved it!
Go see the show!

Video: Voca People

Voca People

 

Lisa Ellen Niver

Award-winning travel expert Lisa Ellen Niver has explored 101 countries and six continents. She also sailed on the high seas for seven years. She founded We Said Go Travel which was recently read in 222 countries. Her travel videos have over 2 million views on her channels on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and YouTube. She has shared travel stories with her 135,000 followers on social media and the readers of AARP, American Airlines, Delta Sky Magazine, Robb Report, Sierra Club Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, and the Saturday Evening Post. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook and run 15 travel awards publishing over 2300 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been nominated for five Southern California Journalism Awards in the past two years and received 2nd place for her Jewish Journal article. Learn more about Lisa Niver at We Said Go Travel. http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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