New York, New York City…

Times Square Central Park The Village Vanguard The Blue Note
Lincoln Tunnel The ever so enticing onion log The NYC Bloggers and friends My first ride on the A Train
Bloggers in the groove NYC Bloggers Lunch Earl of P6 Dallas BBQ on West 72nd St
In line at the Blue Note Donald Me and Philippe More Times Square
Making our way through Manhattan EJ Ronn Steven, Me, & Lynne
Earl, Hashim, & EJ Hashim, Me, & EJ NYC Bloggers Lunch More of Manhattan

It was like no experience that I could have ever imagined. I was finally in New York City. I have talked about and imagined going there for years. Friends have been inviting me to come visit for years as well. I remember our family driving through NYC on our way to New Jersey but that was in 1975. Fast forward 29 years and here I am walking on the NYC streets and watching all the people go by. I am seeing places that I have only read about or seen on TV. Special thanks to my friend B. for his wonderful hospitality and for being a great tour guide for my first NYC adventure. I am already planning to visit again in the summer or fall. There is so much to do and see, that 1, 2, or 3 trips is never enough to see it all. The city never sleeps and I admit that I did not get too much sleep either.
Friday evening, we met up with friends at Day-O Restaurant in Greenwich Village. The food and company were great and they played 80’s soul music. Later, we drove around so I could see Times Square and a bit of Harlem.
Saturday afternoon, EJ arrived and we went out for lunch at J’s Restaurant in Downtown Newark. A classic soul food restaurant and believe me, they delivered. After waddling out of J’s, we ran errands and headed into the city to do a little shopping before we headed to the Blue Note Jazz Club to see the Michel Camilo Trio perform. There were only bar reservations available (standing room only) and we waited in line outside for about 20 minutes before entering this historic jazz club. Michel was already jamming on the piano along with his excellent bass player and percussionist/drummer. I had an indirect view of the stage from where we were standing. They jammed for about an hour and were spectacular which just added to the experience of being in this world renowned jazz club. After the concert, I checked out more of the club and the gift shop. They had some great memorabilia and I brought back just a little bit.
Sunday afternoon, after resting from being out dancing til the wee small hours of the morning, we headed back to the city and did a little more shopping before the NYC BlogFam Lunch. I did pickup a few musical treasures which I have not listened to yet but soon. The big event of the day was NYC BlogFam Lunch at Dallas BBQ on West 72nd Street. Bloggers are the good folks like myself who write web journals and weblogs. Now, of course, you are thinking thick glasses, nerds, and pocket protectors. Think again!!! These were some of the coolest people in the blogosphere. Bloggers present included Lynne, Ronn, Donald, Madison, Steven, Earl, EJ, Philippe, and there were a few non-bloggers too. We discussed various aspects of blogging, life, and music and we had an all-around great time. That mass of fried onion above was ordered by Donald and he was willing to share it with everyone. I definitely look forward to attending another BlogFam event later in the year. Afterward, I got to ride the ‘A Train’ to Penn Station to catch the PATH Train back to Jersey.
We closed out my visit with the Sunday night open mic performance at the Village Underground. The hosts were the very talented Ron Grant and Melanie Daniels. No, I did not sing. I was just there for the experience and there was some very good talent on the stage. The live band was off the hook as well. I did find myself later being a part of the heavenly audience choir on “We Are Not Ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” You can tell this was a place where many people got their start in the music business. It was very fun and a great way to end a spectacular weekend.

12 Responses to “New York, New York City…”

  1. George says:

    New York never looked like so much fun!

  2. Antonio G says:

    I’m soooooooo glad you made that trip to New York!

  3. ronn says:

    Great pics. Except mine. I look soooo cheesy.

  4. shannita says:

    Looks like a good time was had by all. Reminds me that I’m LONG overdue for a NY trip. I’m sure it was as fun as it looked. 🙂

  5. ej says:

    i had such a good time in NYC, and you know we gotta do it again. good things come in all kindsa package. hadn’t seen you in so long, you would have thought i wouldn’t see you no mo’. now i gotta make it out to cali!

  6. Gee says:

    I’m so glad you had a wonderful time. I’m long overdue for a return trip to NYC and you make it sound so appealing again.

  7. A.J. says:

    Yay, James. It looks like you had a blast. The weather looks like it was cooperating with you.

  8. maurice says:

    ok you made me homesick……
    i am glad that you had a good time

  9. Bernard says:

    It was GREAT to FINALLY get you here…. only took you how many years?? hahahah…. looking forward to your next visit. The hosts for Village Underground were Ron Grant and Melanie Daniels… both excellent performers… Ron didn’t sing as much as he has at prior shows. We’ll have to do that again on your next visit. See you in a few weeks.

  10. Delano says:

    It’s great to see you get away from that 9-5 and have some fun, I cant wait to get back to NYC myself, It’s a fun city to visit, Be sure to post more pics from your next adventure…

  11. Rod says:

    Mr James, as a fan of yours…I am happy u had a good time in my other hometown… I think those onion rings are still in my hips and I ate them during the early Clinton Administration. And the other good news is Jet Blue can get u there for $109 bucks…..

  12. Sandra says:

    wow, great pics..I miss NYC

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