Serendipity 3 – Upper East Side New York Restaurant

Serendipity - OutsideWhile in New York City we ate a quite a few nice restaurants, but there was one that I really had wanted to visit while in the city, Serendipity 3. I had heard a lot about this renowned Upper Eastside restaurant and thought it would be fun to visit and try one of their famous Frozen Hot Chocolate drinks.  I have to say I love their definition of Serendipity: the art of making happy discoveries or finding the unexpectedly pleasant by chance or sagacity.  They also state that they are more than a mere coffee shop, more of an ice cream parlor on steroids, Serendipity has been synonymous with fun. Since September 14, 1954, its menu of outrageous desserts and fun food, served in a Manhattan townhouse amid exuberant Victorian decorations, has charmed children and their parents, not to mention celebrities from  Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, and Beyonce. Sadly we didn’t see any famous people while we were there, but we did have a great time with a New Yorker friend that I use to work with. Continue reading “Serendipity 3 – Upper East Side New York Restaurant”

Tenement Museum – Immigrants Lives Past and Present

Tenement 1We had a great time while seeing Manhattan, and New York, all decked out for Christmas in December of 2018. We really enjoyed seeing the beautiful tree at Rockefeller Center and had a marvelous time shopping at the Union Square Holiday Market. One thing we ended up doing was taking a tour of something I didn’t even know existed. Yes, I am now hanging my head in shame, but I know now. Anyway, after meeting some friends for lunch at Katz’s Deli for lunch, we headed over to the Tenement Museum. It is located at 97 and 103 Orchard Street which is only a few blocks from where we were. It was a pleasant walk, and we stopped into a few shops along the way. As I said, I didn’t know it was there, but apparently it is a National Historic Site that opened on November 12, 1988. The two historical tenement buildings were home to an estimated 15,000 people, from over 20 nations, between 1863 and 2011. The Tenement Museum, which includes a visitors’ center, promotes tolerance and a historical perspective on the immigrant experience. I didn’t know what to expect, so I went in completely open to learning some history. Continue reading “Tenement Museum – Immigrants Lives Past and Present”