Well, we have settled in Manhattan. We are so fortunate. No, I realize that this won’t be as relaxing for Louise, and she has to work weekdays. New York City is in OverDrive, and so there’s a lot of stress and pressure on her. For me, it is pure joy.
Our two-bedroom apartment is in Lower Midtown, and it’s a little bit bigger, in fact than our Montreal condo. Let’s say it’s remarkable being on the 20th floor. The view is outstanding.
I am so spoiled. Can you imagine that I get to live for four months in midtown? We have a fantastic view of the city and the Chrysler Building. And if you look out the window in the bedroom, you can see the river and over to Brooklyn.
After checking out the local grocery store and being informed that Trader Joe’s was the place to go, we headed there today. Of course, this was a mistake as it was Sunday, and a billion people were there. While it’s not that long a walk, only to 32nd Street, we didn’t want to carry too many groceries, but it’s the place to go. We also picked up a small pot of flowers for the dining room table.
That said, we were advised by the building manager, Peter, that probably the best place to purchase things was through Amazon. I took out a US Amazon prime and had been ordering like crazy. While there are many things we can ask the mission for, a couple of things were not included. So we looked for cheap items of toilet bowl cleaner, placemats,
The other things that are inexpensive on Amazon include the typical staples such as paper towels, napkins, dishwasher tablets, laundry soap and conditioner, shampoo, toothpaste, and on and on.
Manhattan and 42nd Street
We are two blocks from 42nd Street, which runs from our location from west to east, passing through Broadway and Times Square—a straightforward bus ride. I made sure to apply for my senior’s pass, which makes each trip $1.25. As long as you have a photo id, a recent photo to upload and an address to send it to in NYC, you can do it all online.