Exploring the city
21.12.2013 - 02.01.2014 6 °C
Exploring the upper west side
This morning after a sleep in (to 8.30am) I decided to leave Hubby and the boys sleep away while I explored the upper west side. As mentioned before, I love to live in la la land, so thought I would check out some local landmarks from one of my favourite movie's 'you've got mail' - with Tom hanks and Meg Ryan.
I went for a walk/run along Riverside park to W100th (yes that's 18 blocks uptown) then walked back along broadway and stopped by at some of the movie locations along the way, as well as see the neighbourhood.
On my run I saw a lot of families about - being Saturday - they were feeding the squirrels, walking their dogs - there are many many dogs and dog parks in NYC.
I stopped in at Cafe Lalo from you've got mail, and got a croissant and coffee - 'to go'...... (They don't say 'to take away' here) you should see the cakes especially the lemon meringue from this place!
Then wandered back and stopped at 'the drug store' for some shopping on the way back home - it was a nice morning out it's much warmer and easier to wander around at 6 degrees today.
Here are some photos of my travels.....
The top photo (apartment on the left) is Meg Ryan's apartment from the movie, and Cafe Lalo is the photo on the bottom right.
A gingerbread version of the famous flatiron building and a photo of a cute brownstone entrance - I can't get enough of these buildings...... It must be from my Sesame Street days.
The plan was to go to Central Park zoo - even though it was late afternoon, we thought 2 hours would give us enough time to see through it as it is only small...... Well it took us longer to navigate Central Park than we expected and as we walked towards Upper East side we noticed how many people were out and about. The lines into the zoo were longer than expected so we decided we will move that to tomorrow's plan.
In the bottom centre photo above you can see the Wollman ice rink in Central Park.
In the photo below - the group of people on the left were street dancing! Just like the movies!!
So we headed to serendipity3 for icecream, we saw some amazing places along the way including 5th avenue and Park Ave.
Knowing Serendipity3 was busy on Saturdays we should have expected the 3 hour wait. So we put our name down and thought we'd go grab dinner at a pizza place in Brooklyn (Grimaldis pizza) I read about - why not we had plenty of time.
BUT we got on the subway heading up instead of down and were a little surprised by the appearance of the people on the train with us, we were the only ones that were not African American. Turns out we were on a train heading to Queens - and we were already there by the time we decided to listen to the little voice in our heads!
So off we got and had to take a return trip towards Brooklyn, this created a longer than expected trip - that explains the change of locals on the subway with us.
When we arrived at Brooklyn there was a line up for Grimaldi's pizza - 20 minutes they said ..(hey after an hour train ride, we were not turning back!).... Closer to 45 minutes or more later after standing in the not too cold...... We were finally in and ordering...... It was pretty good pizza - for NYC - so worth the wait. But we needed to give up on serendipity3 maybe tomorrow.
So on the subway trip home....... Guess what - we went in the opposite direction again!!!! I know, you'd have thought we learnt right? But the subway trains have a number so if you are to get number 2 train, sometimes it isn't obvious which way it is going, we did realise faster this time - so that a bonus.
Huuby and I decided let's brave Empire State as after 10pm the lines aren't too long. It was 10.15pm, we hopped off the subway with the boys who caught on that this wasn't our stop - after a little whinging they were happy to come along except a toilet stop was needed - we popped into Macy's - after a solid half hour to 45 minutes of the boys shopping, we headed to the checkouts and guess what...... They were closed. We couldn't buy what was in our arms AGHHHH! is nothing meant to go our way today - so we downed clothes there on the spot and went to the Empire State Building and it was a nice end to the day. We climbed it at midnight and while the building is just like you see on the movies....... The lines and lay out are a little different. But the views are spectacular and the lobby amazing!
1am in the city - not crowded, a good time to see and appreciate the streets! Goodnight from NYC!