10-24-16 SHORT HILLS: The summery weather is gone and Fall is back. I took out the screens and put the glass in the outer doors and turned the heat back on. We did have almost an inch and half of rain on Saturday.
We were visiting friends Bob and Christine at their new house in Seaside Park during the rain and wind. The wind was very brisk from the west and was blowing spindrift off the waves and sand off the beach. Some surfcasters and surfers were out there in spite of the weather. Another friend, Jo-Ann, joined us for dinner at Aqua-Blu Restaurant in Toms River.
A few nights before that, we had dinner with Roger and Leeza at Gotham Bar and Grill on E. 12 St. in Manhattan. Always excellent. Everybody has the same take on the election as we do—we’re all with her. That includes Lily, who we met in Harlem and took to the Red Rooster on Malcolm X Blvd.
Downstairs from the main room at the Red Rooster is Ginny’s Supper Club which has a Sunday Brunch featuring comfort food and gospel songs. The food was great, and Vy Higginsen’s Gospel Choir of Harlem was electrifying.
After brunch we went uptown to visit the Morris-Jumel mansion. It is a most imposing, colonial era home that has survived since the 1760’s. The views to the east include the Harlem River, Yankee Stadium and the Bronx. Aaron Burr once lived there. For a while in the Revolutionary War, it was Washington’s HQ.
Great Black-backed Gulls, adults and a couple immatures.
Great Black-backed Gulls, Ring-billed Gulls and Herring Gulls, all immatures.
The wind and weather didn't seem to be a problem for the surfers, but the fisherman looks cold.
Rosa rugosa with red rose hips just behind the beach.
Gotham Bar and Grill, always excellent.
Harlem's Red Rooster, Ginny's Supper Club is downstairs. Jazz upstairs, gospel down.
One block north on Malcolm X Blvd [Lennox Ave] is Sylvia's, famous for food and sauces.
The Morris-Jumel Mansion at 155th St, Colonial Era grand residence. Once home to Aaron Burr.
One of the elegant rooms in Manhattan's oldest house.