Last days in New York City

Trip Start Oct 08, 2013
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Trip End Nov 18, 2013


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Saturday, November 16, 2013

We spent most of Thursday strolling through Central Park. Highlights in the park included the iconic Bow Bridge (we didn't find it the last time we were here), the boat house, and a few of the other points of interest within the park. It was a stunning autumn day and it was just a lovely change to be on foot, taking our time and having no schedule, no must dos...just going to wherever and doing whatever that cropped up.

For some of the highlights, have a look at the photos and videos. We had a classic hot dog lunch sitting by the Wollman Rink and just 'people watched' for a little while. After that, we continued to explore the park and took our time heading back downtown. Not the mad rush like before! On the way we went past the Rockerfeller and sure enough there were people skating on the ice rink that we saw being prepared less than two months ago. The tree was up but not yet unveiled. It looked like a big one...but that may have been because it was on a platform! Will have to check with the internet. Hhmm...yes...76 feet (23.17 metres)...lights get turned on Wednesday 4 December.....

We were able to get cheap tickets for an off Broadway show that night-Newsical the Musical. Only four actors, one muso, in an intimate (meaning tiny!) theatre. Very funny but some of the jokes were a bit local or american centric that went right over our heads!

The next day we took the subway across to Brooklyn. Again, we just walked around DUMBO and found ourselves in the classic park (can't remember the name) just under the Brooklyn bridge, looking back across to Manhattan. Did you know that DUMBO stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass? What a great name and acronym.

I had a delicious burrito from a food cart and then discovered my new fave drink in a little cafe/bakery called One Girl Cookies. With a name like that how could you walk by? Well, we couldn't. My new fave drink is hot apple cider...it hit the spot that afternoon. And no, I didn't have a cookie. I just had to try a Brooklyn Whoopie Pie. Lets say this was the grand winner! The chocolate cake top and bottom were that lovey smooth texture, moist and not too firm or crumbly, and the cream cheese filling lightly sweetened to perfection...yum! No pictures as I was too busy enjoying and committing every last crumb to memory to think about a photo...and anyways, it looked just like a...whoopie pie!

After a few more photos, we started our strolll back towards Manhattan. As we walked on the bridge, we saw That Woman again in the distant haze. Looking at the city scape was pretty amazing. After getting across, we were in Chinatown....a real one this time! We had a quick bite and started our stroll back up town.

Gabe reckoned we walked about eleven kilometres that afternoon. We strolled through some interesting suburbs and streets, Canal Street in Chinatown, Little Italy, Nolita (for NOrth of LIttle ITAly). Soho (SOuth of HOuston (street)), Greenwich Village, through the Flatiron District and back into Koreatown. One thing we missed without knowing was that we took a wrong turn at some point. Otherwise we would have stumbled onto that famous deli that featured in the When Harry Met Sally movie....put that down for next time. We also saw the Washington Square Arch (a mini arc de triomphe) in Washington Square Park-another famous landmark from so many movies and tv shows.

By the time we got back to the hotel we were pretty tired. We got some takeout from the korean place next door and spent our night packing...sigh.

Saturday morning, our last day and New York has really turned it on. Its sunny, and relatively warm and we don't want to leave. We spent a couple of hours in Bryant Park again. Did you know that Max Brenner had a temporary store here? Yes..the Bald Man was there. Had my last cup of hot apple cider with an early lunch from the south american food stall. Then off to the airport with a heavy and disbelieving heart. The weeks had flown by and the holiday was over.

We have been home for a week now and have back at work for four days. The memories are still fresh and the final credit card bill still haven't arrived!

Thanks to all you secret readers and for your comments. It has been fun and I honestly didn't think I would put up as many entries as I did. Surprisingly, I've also enjoyed doing it. The hardest part has been deciding what photos, videos to include, and what fun fact to share.

Glad you could come with us!
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