Monday, November 10, 2014

Monday in New York

Because walking for 10 hours a day wasn't enough, we decided to go running in Central Park on Monday morning. We ran the big loop, all around the perimeter of the park. It was really pretty (and a little hilly, and completely exhausting, too). If running isn't your thing, I would suggest renting bikes and taking a ride around the park. It is an experience you don't want to miss.

Our hotel was right above the Shake Shack in Times Square, so after our run we went back for lunch. It was just as good the second time. We tried their seasonal pear cobbler custard and it was delicious.

Next up was Washington Square Park, where Mike obviously perfected his blogger pose. This is a spot I'd never been to before, and I was looking forward to seeing that pretty arch in person. We walked through nearby Greenwich Village, window shopping, and enjoying the atmosphere.

That night, our last in the city, we decided to take ourselves on a little food tour. We started with pizza (the best of our trip), then noodles, then cheesecake, and ice cream, too.

Some final NYC notes:

We bought 7-day subway passes for $30. The subway is easy to navigate, and so convenient and safe. Before our trip, I read the helpful MTA website, and used their trip planner (and tips from my sister) to get from the airport to our hotel. Because we never had to be at a certain place at a certain time, it was no biggie if we accidentally hopped on the wrong train, or went in the wrong direction (which definitely happened a time or two). We did lots of walking, but lots and lots of subway riding, too.

New York City is unlike anywhere else! It is fast paced and exciting, and full of interesting people (and smells). We mostly felt very safe, and the New Yorkers we encountered were always so helpful and kind. We had a really great time.

Our biggest resources for this trip: my sister, Julianne, who lived there a few years ago, Naomi's NYC guides, my friend Ellen's recommendations, and Yelp. We definitely couldn't have done it without Yelp.

Thanks for indulging me with this epic recap. It was fun to relive it for a little bit.


  1. One of my favorite cities to visit so thanks for sharing your experiences!

  2. We did the same thing on our couple trip in '08 (geez, that seems ages ago). My favorite part of riding the subways was meeting native new yorkers. I was fascinated at how many of them haven't traveled very far at all! We met a lovely african american lady (barbara) who had never left manhattan ever! And she was in her 50's. Crazy huh? Well, i think she went to long island once. It was just crazy.

  3. yay. i loved the recaps. come back when ben is an official new yorker. :) :)

  4. Your posts are so great. They make me want to go back tomorrow. I'm glad NYC is not too far away.


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