We followed the advice from the front desk to visit a coffee shop "down the street" which turned out to be a few blocks, by the way. On our walk I couldn't help to notice a runner just passing by or Chinatown getting ready for the morning as they set their fresh fruits out. People just doing their normal Saturday routine in this giant city.
There it is (below) 12 Corners. I just had to take a quick shot while crossing the street. It still amazes me how there is a coffee shop on the bottom floor of this building that houses people as well. Everything is just stacked one above one another.
This is where I'm kicking myself... I wish (wish, wish, wish) I brought my good camera!!! That would be the only way I could really capture the scale of this beautiful structure!
Trying to figure out the routes using the subway was an adventure in it's own. After our first subway ride I felt like a true "New Yorker". It took a few rides to figure out how to get from Point A to Point B. I still laugh thinking about how we are standing on one side of the platform and wondering "How do we cross the tracks and get to the other side so we can go the other direction?" After getting on and getting off the subway, we finally asked one of the workers. "So.. how do we get on that (pointing across the way) side?" She must've shook her head thinking "Damn tourists!" She said in every station there were stairs that led you to the other end. Oh my goodness.. that look on our faces as we realized how easy it was still cracks me up.
I'm still on such a rush from having rode the subway. With every ride I kept thinking "we are underground.. oh Lord, we are underground!" Then that movie with Denzel Washington pops in my head (every time)!
The MONUMENTAL Grand Central Station.
THIS ... (DESERVES ALL CAPS) was probably the highlight of my entire trip! I gaped the entire time! I kid you not, I literally did a 360 saying "Oh my goodness! Oh my word! What the heck! Wow! Wow! Wow!"
It's just one of those places you just have to see for yourself. The structure, the paintings, the design & layout is absolutely breathtaking! It is not only a train station, it has restaurants, shops, markets... It was like nothing I've ever seen before.
A Park In The Center of The City aka Central Park.
Another place to marvel on is Central Park. It's been in tons of movies and shows, but the idea that they built this massive park smack in the middle of the city ... amazes me!
Goodness gracious.. I love this man! Our time here in New York (sans kids) has been one amazing adventure! He knows how much I simply adore the city life most importantly the freedom to travel. He continues to take this wanderer in me places I have dreamt of all my life. I am so greatful for all he does and continues to do.. for me & for us.
Back on the subway... to our next spot.
Oh Times Square, You Crazy!
How do I even describe the atmosphere of Times Square?
Crazy does not even come close. Chaotic? Maybe... Crowded? To say the least.
It was all that and more. A place where you are constantly over stimulated by your surroundings. But you know what I enjoyed every crowded second! There's no other place quite like it.
T'was A LONG day.. for sure.
Our feet were aching from the hundreds of blocks we walked today. We headed back to our hotel before the sun went down. We had every intention of washing up and heading back out for dinner. But, we didn't budge. I ended up laying down watching tv and wondering how we could order delivery.
So instead of venturing out on the streets of Manhattan at night, we opted for delivery from a well known pizzeria, Lombardis. Within 15 minutes it was delivered via bicycle! And it was delicious!
So long NYC! What an experience! It was one of the most eye opening places I've ever been to. New Yorkers seem to be a part of an elite group that have made them resilient to the ongoing noise of the city, the cabbies that drive like they had somewhere to be "yesterday!", the lack of personal space, (what's a house or a yard?), apartments built over a restaurants that are next door to a public school. Forget using your own car, public transportation is the only option, the incessant use of jaywalking, walking 10 blocks is considered to be "right around the corner" or the multitude of food places (which makes up for the lack of grocery stores). But for all these reasons and more, we will return time and time again.