Off to The Big Apple
07.11.2013 - 07.11.2013 95 °F
The 4am alarm came way to soon. We were being picked up at 5:15 for a 7:30am flight from SFO to JFK. My brother Bob and his Barbara arrived the evening before and were house/dog sitting during our absence. We had business class seats and were pleasantly surprised to see that ours was one of the United fleet that had the first/business cabins totally revamped to a single class which now had the little pods that stretched out into beds with individual entertainment systems. Despite the recent tragic events at SFO, the plane was on time and arrived a little early in New York. We arrived at JFK about 4:30pm and I soon learned one occupation I would never want...the guy who drove us from the airport to the Andaz Wall Street Hotel. The origin of this trip was to attend the wedding of my partner Steve Brewer's son, Matt on Saturday evening. There were about 60 friends and relatives of the Brewers traveling east for the occasion. This spawned the idea to continue the journey after the wedding to Eastern Canada. It took two hours to get from the airport to the hotel. A lot of stopping and not much going. We finally checked in. The Andaz is the only hotel on Wall Street, and is a very modern Hyatt brand. We did some exploring in the neighborhood and the place was abuzz with 20/30 somethings with a number of outdoor bars/dining areas. On the recommendation of one of the concierge/check in folks, we walked to a neighborhood restaurant, Acqua, for some Italian. It was very hot and muggy and we opted to sit inside where the air conditioning was hard at work. The food was excellent and reasonably priced for NYC. A fairly uneventful day ended fairly early.