Friday, June 17, 2011

Day 12: Chinatown, Little Italy, Rock Center, Cuban, Mets

Day 12:  Let's start with this picture.  How could this happen?
The young man in the Dallas Maverick shirt is Trey Utter who appeared in the Day 9 blog with his dad Bill, sister Bailee, and mother Monica.

The Utters were at their hotel, the Omni Berkshire getting ready to fly back to Dallas.  I dropped by to say goodbye.  When I got there, Bill told me that some NBA owners including Mark Cuban (the greatest owner of them all) were having a meeting with some players (stay tuned for them) regarding working out a new contract.
When the meeting broke up, the participants came through the lobby to go out the front door to their limos and towncars.
Bailee and Trey had on their Dallas Maverick Championship T-shirts and Mark Cuban cheered them on and took some pictures.  He could not have been nicer.

Bailee and Trey
Chris Paul, star player for the New Orleans Hornets was very nice to Trey and Bailee
A fuzzy Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks
Lots of camera crews in the lobby of the Omni Bershire
How bout them Mavs!

The day started with Jeannie shopping and touring some of her favorite places.  She first went to the ABC Home and Carpet store on Broadway.  She then went to the John Derian shop.
From John Derian, Jeannie went shopping in Chinatown, and I met up with her on Mulberry Street in Little Italy.

We then walked about 3/4 mile to a pizza place, Pala on Allen Street, which was recommended to us
by Elizabeth Kim.

When we got there, it was just like Wally World -- not open.

We arrived at 2:45 and Pala did not open until 4. 
Then it started pouring rain, so we got on the subway and rode about 50 blocks to Rockefeller Center and ended up eating a burrito at the Chipolte in Rockefeller Center (so we would not have to go out into the rain).

The rain slowed, so we went touring.

The Leaning Tower of Rockefeller
We found the famous Magnolia Bakery and got a cupcake for dessert.

Jeannie went back to our hotel and I went north about 3 blocks to the Omni to see Bill and his family off.

I am actually taller than Bill, but I slump a little to make him feel better.  After this, we waited for Mark Cuban.

I went back to our hotel, and it started to rain like crazy.  Going to the Met-Angels game was in doubt, but the sun came out and we walked to Grand Central to get on the 7 Train to go to Citi Field.

The Mets subway stop is steps from the ball park.
First pitch of the game
Great video screen in center field.
View from our seats

A little dark, I know, but the camera battery went dead and we could not do a retake.

Tomorrow, we sadly leave New York City (great hotel, two baseball games, great food, Jersey Boys, visiting with old student Elizabeth Kim, meeting Elizabeth's son Tavis, David Letterman).

But, we are going to Cape Cod, Hyannis, and eat some fish at Spanky's Clam Shack.


  1. Wow! Can't wait for more details.

  2. Walter was definitely photoshopped with Mark Cuban, I just don't know yet how he did it.