The Changing of Seasons

Autumn in New York is just magnificent…

And one of my favorite times of year to visit. I happened to arrive at the perfect moment, just over a week ago, before the leaves turned brown and the chill in the air turned to a bitter cold. My parents met me for a couple of nights, and it had been years since we’d been there together. When I was younger, my step-dad loved to go ‘out on the town.’ We’d dine late, take in a show and shop til we literally dropped. Who knows if my memories were the reality, but they are some of my fondest. I owe so much of who I have become to my step-dad (and of course all my amazing parents and family). But, he in particular showed me the best of what life could offer, allowing me to tag along on so many trips, which I know ignited my love of travel.

While it’s a new season of life now, and those “golden years” (as my mom likes to call them) may have passed, this is a trip I will still hold so dear because the three of us got to walk through Central Park at its most dazzling, see the Christmas Spectacular at Rockefeller Center and drink wine in the afternoon while ducking for cover from the rain that was starting to hit Fifth Avenue.

Yes, it is a new season. But, that’s ok, fall is my favorite time of year….

Central Park

Central Park…isn’t it amazing??

Central Park 2

Bridge Central park

Central Park 3

Central Park Ice Rink 2

It just doesn’t get any more festive than this.

Bag Pipes Central Park


Molly and Jack

My Step-Dad & Me


Ground Zero

After my parents left, I met up with my friend Jenniffer, who lives in London. I had never been to Ground Zero in all the trips I’ve made since 9/11, and it’s definitely worth a visit.

Crosby Bar2

I always try to visit the Crosby Bar when I’m in town. It can get very crowded, but we got lucky with a table and had a little toast before dinner. The drinks here are exceptional.

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Later, we had a very special treat. A friend helped me get a reservation at the internationally acclaimed Le Bernardin. It’s one of those ultra luxurious, many course tasting menu evenings that you’ll never forget.


Vic’s is the newly opened Italian-Mediterranean restaurant from the team that brought you Cookshop. The menu is very well priced..think wood fired pizzas and inventive pastas. Try the crispy eggplant.

3 thoughts on “The Changing of Seasons”

  1. Time has a way of letting life slip away unnoticed. God gave us the ability to hold on to life and the people we love through precious memories of special times. This was one of those times that we won’t forget. Looking back at the photos, I am able to experience those three short days with all of my senses God gave us. If you’ve ever been to NYC you know what I mean. There are not only beautiful things to see and touch, but there’s nothing like hearing all of the noises of hustle and bustle around you. And, those aromas flowing from street vendors put you into a frantic state of constant hunger. To experience all of this one more time, in an unhurried state of mind, with my wonderful daughter and loving husband, will remain etched in my mind as one of our dearest memories.
    We have so much to be thankful for during this season of reflection and thanksgiving. I encourage everyone to take the time to look around at the world God so bountifully created and the people he created – to care for it and care for each other – and give thanks.

  2. Sandra Zaninovich

    Molly, you are among the most fortunate in having parents you are so close to and who have given you such a rock-solid fortress of foundation in life, a rare luxury that many (myself included) never get to experience. You just get the one shot, and you either win the lottery or not. I’m so happy that you got to have yet another of life’s amazing experiences with your amazing parents; fall in NYC, the stuff of dreams.

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