New York Sketches by Tim Baynes


OK, so London is good for shopping and less than one hour by train from the

However it is more exciting to go to New York and takes only seven hours
longer. This summer I took Megan and Bronnie; double trouble on the same
credit card. You leave Heathrow in the morning and arrive at Kennedy in the
morning which means you can be checked in to the excellent Roger Smith Hotel and
on 5th Avenue by 13:00 hours the same day.

The usual stores were on our
itinerary: Armani, Banana Republic, Gap, Saks, and we added in H&M for good
measure and Bloomingdales. It was warm and sunny on the street as I stood
outside Banana Republic and made a quick drawing of St Patrick’s cathedral, the
great white soaring gothic amongst the dark glass sky scrappers.

At the end
of day one we were tired and headed back to our junior suite at the Roger Smith.
The girls had the double beds and I enjoyed the pull out sofa bed. We did have
enough energy to ride the Line C subway down to Little Italy for great pasta at
the Caffe Del’Arte in Mulberry Street. It was still warm and starting to get
busy as we headed back, really tired.


2 and we forewent shopping to do some sight seeing. We headed down to
Battery Park and caught the Circle Line Ferry to Liberty Island to see
the great statue. Hot and sunny, it was a great trip over and back,
with some stunning views of Manhattan with the Hudson River and East
River flowing either side of the island. The ferry was packed but I
managed some quick drawings amongst the hoards with cameras clicking
and flashing. On the way back we saw a yacht race on the Hudson in the
area of Staten Island.

Tim Baynes
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