Posted by: tgonzales | May 31, 2013

New York City May 2013 Trip, Part 1


I’m back!!!! Did you miss me? I sure missed all of you. John and I arrived in New York City at LaGuardia airport on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Joshua was at the airport to greet us and to help us get back to his apartment. After Joshua finally was able to communicate to the cab driver which subway entrance he wanted him to take us to and he managed to stop the cab driver from leaving John behind. We arrived at the appropriate subway entrance unharmed and all in one piece. Let me tell you this, our cab driver wasn’t at all helpful with the bags and he barely waited long enough for us to get them and ourselves out of the car before racing away. It’s a wonder the driver found his way because John kept trying to make small talk with him and of course the driver didn’t understand much of anything that John was trying to say to him. What a ride!


The subway was quite interesting to John and me, to tell you the truth we are easily amused.


We were the perfect tourists looking up and pointing at everything that we came to that interested us, which was everything actually. John loves to just walk leisurely and Joshua has learned to walk very fast and then there was me who is just not used to walking much at all. I was surprised that Joshua was so patient with us.


Anyway Joshua asked us before we left to get on the Subway on Thursday where we wanted to go. I told him that I wanted to try and go to Purl Soho, Tinsel Trading Company, and Central Park. John said he wanted to go to an Oriental store that Joshua had told him about. (John loves Chinese things, like robes and shirts with dragons on them) So the first place we came to was Purl Soho (I loved that white window that was sitting in front of the store) but unfortunately they weren’t open yet so we moved on to the Oriental store.


Right away John found a jacket with a dragon on it.


Then Joshua and John found some wind-up toys and I couldn’t help but


post these photos.


They make me laugh every time I look at them.



Unfortunately John never did purchase anything in the Oriental store. I’m not for sure why he didn’t because we went back for the second time on Friday. I guess he thought that we would have enough time to go a third time but we ran out of time.



Then we headed back to Purl Soho and I got to go in and pet all the lovely yarn and look at the beautiful fabric.


I’m not for sure what posesses John to always want to put something on his head, but here he is with a knitted octopus on it. I’m sure the ladies at Purl were very glad that we left. I didn’t purchase anything because we had limited room in our suitcase and I didn’t feel the need to buy fabric for $19.99 per yard. But I loved that I was able to visit after seeing their adds in all the magazines.


Then it was time to eat lunch and Joshua had told us about this pizza place in Soho that he really liked. So we ordered a piece of pizza each and enjoyed eating it in a little park across the street from the restaurant and


behind the street carnival run by the same people that Joshua worked for.


As we were walking along we came upon a building that had graffiti all over it.


Lots of people were taking pictures of it including us.


This is what John and I looked like most of the time.


We loved looking at all the tall buildings.



I really enjoyed just spending time with Joshua and the time that he allowed me to sit on this little bench to rest my aching legs. 🙂


Of course Joshua wanted us to stand in front of the graffiti to have our picture taken.


I loved finding this repurposed store called Miss Hoe and could hardly wait to get inside.



Once inside I started taking photos of some things and


as I took this photo the lady working in the store told me that there were no photos allowed. I explained to her that I wasn’t going to copy anything that she did, but she was adamant and I didn’t feel like hanging around to look any further so we left.


Then we came upon another piece of graffiti after Joshua’s friend Jeremy met up with us.


Supposedly the name Lady appears quite a few places and they have taken their pictures in front of this word quite a few times. And they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have their pictures taken with this one too. As soon as I find out the story behind the Lady graffiti I’ll make sure I let you all know. To be continued, stay tuned for Part Two…….


  1. Hi,
    Lovely to have you back. Seems like you had a great time, with Joshua and looking up like good tourists! What a mean and silly lady not to let you take photos. She would have been famous world over via you, now on principle I will not google her shop.
    Looking forward to the next installment.

    • Hi Cathy!

      We had a wonderful time with Joshua and his friends, at the same time it’s so great to be back home where I belong. As for the lady in the shop I understand her frustration of people coming into her shop taking photos and then going home and making the same things themselves. I’m sure she pays I high price to be in the space she’s in and she wants people to buy her items rather than take pictures. Anyway I tried to explain to the young lady (who wasn’t the owner and designer) that I was a crocheter and that I write a blog but she said that she couldn’t make an exception for one person without making it for everyone. There was another young person taking photos and she asked her not to take any either. Oh well, it’s her loss not mine. 🙂 I would have loved promoting her cute little store. Oops I think i already did. Thanks so much for stopping by to comment.

      Love and Hugs, Tamara

  2. Great picture diary, good girl. And John with an octopus on his head – no wonder they were glad when you left….rolling here!!!!!!!

    • Thanks Jill! Yes, John keeps us all either rolling in laughter or rolling our eyes. We always seem to be rolling even you! 🙂 As always thanks so much for stopping by to comment.

      Love and Hugs,

  3. Hi Tamara,

    It’s good to see you are home safe and sound and that you obviously had a grand time in New York. Thanks for sharing the fun pictures so that we can get a taste of your experience!

    • Hi Jeanne!

      Thanks so much for loving my pictures and for stopping by to tell me so.

      Love and Hugs, Tamara

  4. Hah, hah! Great post looking forward to hearing more. Seems like you really enjoyed your trip!

    • Hi Suz!

      Thanks so much for stopping by to read and to comment. It makes my day.

      Love, Tamara

  5. Glad you are home safe and sound. I have never been to New York and I’m confident in saying I probably will not ever get to go. I will be content to just look at your beautiful pictures and dream about what I’m missing out on. It’s good to see Joshua so happy. He still looks like a little boy to me. We have worked tornado relief every day this week so we come home feeling like we have been run over by a bull dozer. My house is starting to look neglected because of it. Gotta get off from here so I can ge to town to do more tornado relief. Love you girl. sw

    • Hi Sue!

      Thanks so much for stopping by to comment and yes Joshua still looks very young. He may be one of those people who never ages? It’s very sad about the tornadoes that have destroyed so many lives already this year. You are very generous and caring person and I’m sure all the people appreciate all that you have done for them.

      Love you, Tamara

  6. I love all the photos! You guys are so cute! xo

    • Thanks so much Pam. Love and Hugs back at you, Tamara

  7. So Very glad your back safe and sound. I can tell you had a great time.
    I am another who will not make it to NY City. It’s ok, I’m content to Live vicariously through your reports and various TV shows.

    I missed your regular posts, and look forward to the next one.

    • Hi Linda!

      Thanks so much for loving my words and pictures and for stopping by to comment. (oh and for missing me) 🙂

      Hugs, Tamara

  8. Oh Tamara, it looks like you had an incredibly awesome time!!!.. So glad to hear it!.. AND see it! Your photos are absolutely priceless, really tell the story, and always make me smile!

    • Hi Tina!

      Yes we did have a great time with Joshua and I’m so glad that you enjoyed my trip through pictures.

      Love and Hugs, Tamara

  9. Oh Tamara, what can I say? …
    Sure did enjoy these photos & your words to go with them.
    What happened to Joshua? He looks **younger**!!! 😀
    Pics of him & John playing with wind-up toys … such kids! 😉
    HaHaHa!! Sure got a good laugh out of the “This is what John & I looked like most of the time” photo! HaHa!!
    Not sure I would even have entered a shop called “Miss Hoe”. ;-o

    Welcome home!! Missed you!!
    Lotsa Hugs ~~ KAT

    • Hi Kat!

      Thanks so much for loving the photos. The reason Joshua looks so young is because he got rid of his facial hair. I think the beard and moustache make him look older. 🙂 I thought you would like the photos of John and him playing with the wind up toys.

      It’s so good to be back home.
      Love and Hugs, Tamara

  10. Great pictures Tamara… I loved New York when I got to go.

    • Hi Cheryl!

      Thanks so much for stopping by to comment. Miss you.

      Hugs, Tamara

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