On our third day we took it easy because our feet was very sore from all the walking in NYC so fare.
So we started of with breakfast at City Cafe – this old fashion diner with fantastic food and sandwiches but with a dreadful coffee. A well hidden gem, next door to the nearest post office off 5th Ave. About 15 min walk from the hotel. And I got to enjoy my first and only Rueben’s … and it was just lush.
Post office was a must – the written postcards was building up .. wrote about 60 in total. I was also going to buy empty jewel cases for CD’s – so expensive here in Sweden and I was going to look for a skirt that I seen online with Lane Byant. Jewel cases no problem … but when it came to the skirt the shop was closed I was told, but now when I check online back home we were only a block away. Their other shop was up in Harlem … my feet was not in the mood for that kind walk any of the days left. So no skirt and to be honest I didn’t need it neither, but I think I would had looked gorgeous in it.
(images provided by and thanks to; yelp,com/rakuten.com/lanebryant.com)
On the way back to the hotel I stopped at one of the gourmet deli shops on 3rd Ave. to get some Graeter’s Ice Cream. Frank@A Frank Angle, my Ohio blogging friend, has been raving about this ice cream and I promised him that I will try to get hold of it while being in NYC. Found it without any problems at D’agostino Supermarket … plenty interesting flavors to chose from .. went for the Vanilla. And it was good, very good … but still not up to the standard of Mövenpick, a Swizz brand. Probably the best ice cream in world … at least in my book.
By the way that D’agostino Supermarket – some fantastic shop, totally forgotten to take any photos from the shop, they had everything and very high quality over very little space. I would love to have a shop like that on my street. Only let down was the till operator – not very interested in her job or customers. They have a couple of shops on Manhattan.
After a coffee and eating ice cream back on the hotel room was it time to … pay visit to some fellow Swedes, with their own memorials in NYC. Only 10 min walk along 2nd Ave and there was Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza and Raoul Wallenberg Monument … just by the UN.
Dag Hammarskjöld was the Secretary General of the United Nations from 1953 to 1961 – he died in unclear circumstances in a plane crash on his way to Kongo. I did a post about this remarkable man during this years “A-Z challenge” – “d stands for dag hammarskjöld”.
Raoul Wallenberg , was a Swedish architect, businessman, diplomat and humanitarian. He is widely celebrated for his successful efforts to rescue tens of thousands to about one hundred thousand Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary. He handed over himself to the Russians in exchange of the lives of hundreds of Hungarian Jews. He died in a Russian prison in 1947. The US Congress made Wallenberg an Honorary Citizen of the United States in 1981, the second person to be so honored, after Winston Churchill. I haven’t come around to do a post about Raoul yet … buy have plans for next years challenge.
The Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza was a small green oasis with a fountain … just of 2nd Ave f – ever seat was taken so … we went to the combined plaza with Kathrine Hepburn Garden just on the opposite the aveune and it was a massive green area – with beautiful water features and loads of benches under the lush cool shades of the big trees.
The was a fantastic piece of art – that I couldn’t get enough of. “INDIVIDUALS” by Andrew Rogers, a stunning bronze sculptures …. composed of 15 bronze sculptures that are all unique, but similar in form and climb up to 12 feet in height. Dag Hammarskjold Plaza is one of the most programmed places in the City for public art, showcasing artists from all over the world.
Just wonderful to sit there and watching the world passing by – there was loads of private chauffeur driven cars parked along the park, if there was a pick up .. a new car arrived.
A little orange cafe was constant busy with guests and it was called Dag’s – after Dag Hammarskjöld – and many of the guests was very well business dressed – I couldn’t figure out really where we were. So I decided to walk down the the busy street – and of course we were just next to UN. I should have figured that out.
As I walked across 1st Ave against the UN – there in a triangular space was the Raoul Wallenberg Monument. The name of the sculpture is ‘Hope’ and it is the work of Swedish artist Gustav Kraitz. The monument consists of five columns, one of which is 7 meters high (23 feet) and has a pottery sphere on top. The sides have engraved writings that telling aspects of Wallenberg’s life and mission. And a bronze brief case with the letters: RW. You will find it opposite the The Trump World Tower on United Nations Plaza. Magnificent sculpture.
I remember when I was down at UN last time – I was able to walk up to the main entrance door without any problems .. must have been in late 70’s – today police presents everywhere – fences and check points. Still it’s something special about the building – I felt the same respect this time as I did the first time. And UN’s beautiful flag against the clear blue sky … it’s a truly impressive organisation. And I personal believe that world had been so much worst without it.
We spent a couple of hours there in shade of Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza … just feeling good about life and ourselves. But also being proud of that NYC is honouring 2 remarkable Swedes that both has put their bookmarks our world’s history.
“I encounter one example after another
of how relative truth is.”