A lotta gold

After pounding the pavement all day yesterday, what better thing than doing it all over again? Today was the day I figured was perfect for showing Steven around midtown Manhattan, but for the first time this trip so far, we had no appointments in the morning. So we took a bit of a respite and checked out some of the amazing Asian restaurants around Flushing. One of my superpowers is finding great places to eat, and just across the street from our hotel was this amazing place called Nan Xiang that specialized in soup dumplings (Xiao Long Bao). Now this is what I call an awesome breakfast!

Soup dumplings at Nan Xiang
Soup dumplings at Nan Xiang

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The Alley

After our whirlwind tour of the Bronx, we headed over to the Cloisters to meet Steven’s friend Shoshanna (a web developer whose husband is studying to be a rabbi), but some communications got snarfed and they were closing early, so we took some pictures inside and outside the building and met her at the subway stop. Then I drove her to her building in Washington Heights and we all talked about this and that until it was time to head back to Flushing.

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Steven and David at McSorley's (photo by Bruce Applebaum)

This was the premise: take my youngest son Steven all the way to New York City to drink at McSorley’s, arguably the oldest Irish bar in New York and most definitely the “house bar” of Cooper Union, where I once spent a little less than two years until I was very politely kicked out (from the school, not the bar).

It does seem a bit ironically extravagant for a mostly retired guy who hardly even drinks nowadays, except that (a) Steven just turned 21 (b) he just graduated from Folsom Lake College and (c) I just got a nice affiliate commission payment from one of the websites I manage. So I actually had both a good reason and some money for once.

I had a few other things I wanted to do there, mainly introduce Steven to some friends and family members he’s never met, and show him around the parts of New York that I grew up and spent a lot of time in. We had 8 days of fun, adventure, and excitement prowling the streets and subways. Now that we’re safely back, I’m trying to get all the photos processed and the blog posts written in the next week or two (we’ve both been a bit wiped out by all this). So please follow along!

Steven and David at McSorley's
We made it!

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