I spent Labor Day weekend with Erin and Howard in the Big Apple. I traveled to New York City to be a guest for a podcast taping by Bar Crawl Radio. You can read about it here. The taping lasted less than an hour so I spent the rest of my time to sight see around the city.
I flew in on Sunday afternoon and back home on Wednesday. I flew alone and lived to tell the tale! On our approach to La Guardia Airport, I looked down and saw this pretty sight of the city. We’ve always come to New York during the winter months so it was quite nice to see green ground cover and not brown or white from snow. Honestly, I’ve not even seen a golf course above New York before.
I. Central Park
This weekend was also week 10 of marathon training for the New York City Marathon. Training runs for the week were a 10 mile long run and 2 3-mile mid week runs. What a thrill it was to run in Central Park where the finish line for the marathon will be. This view from one end of the Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir was breathtaking.
Did you know that there are hills in Central Park! I didn’t! When my husband and I came to visit the park last year, there was still snow on the ground and we took a horse-drawn carriage ride. We didn’t go far and just stayed on the flat areas so this terrain was new to me. The Great Hill was quite a climb and tested my hamstrings!
II. Chelsea Market
I loved Chelsea Market. It reminded me of the The Packing District in Anaheim, California. The vintage/rustic vibe of the place spoke to me. The market is a neighborhood market and food joint in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan. Brings back memories of Sex and the City:-) Check it out the next time you are in the Big Apple.
III. Staten Island Ferry – Statue of Liberty
To cap off my visit, Erin and I took the Staten Island Ferry from lower Manhattan to St. George on Staten Island to see the Statue of Liberty. It is a 5-mile, 25 minute ride and is FREE! We got on the 6 pm ferry and had the best views of the lower Manhattan skyline before the sun set on our way out and the lit skyline on our way back. What a view. Another sight to behold was Lady Liberty herself. The last time I saw her was in December 2000. It was also the last time we visited the World Trade Center.
IV. Tap NYC
On my way to the train station heading to the airport for my flight home, I had a quick lunch at Tap NYC on the Upper West Side. They serve gluten-free tapioca crepes! What a concept. I ordered the Parla! and Matcha Latte. Not only was the food uniquely tasty, the restaurant was environment-friendly. There were no plastic straws and they served everything on paper and only had bamboo utensils.
I loved every minute of this latest trip to the Big Apple. It took 17 years before we visited the city last year as a side trip for our trip to New Jersey. Now that Erin lives in the city, we have visited three times this year! We are spoiled. I hope to visit again during the Christmas season.