Sunday morning started out with breakfast and coffee for the early risers…
Then we all went in different directions again, and I embarked on another adventure to catch up with Leah and Dana who were exploring on bikes again through the city. Our hotel was about 6 blocks south of Times Square and Bryant Park, so I headed that way to find them. And in true New York fashion, it wasn’t a simple quick ride as I thought it would be when I set off on the bike. First of all, Midtown (where out hotel was), is not nearly as bike friendly as the other parts of New York that we had explored the day before. Bike lanes run right alongside busy New York Streets, but “Midtown” busy was much different than “lower Manhattan” busy. I’m pretty sure I walked my bike more than I rode it. And then about 3 blocks from our hotel, I found myself deep into total crowd chaos of some sort of Spanish heritage parade. Yeah. Streets were blocked off, I was maneuvering around crowds and crowds of people (with bike, mind you) trying to cross streets before parade horses made their way towards me. It was a frikkin’ nightmare. So, about an hour later I finally reached Bryant Park, caught up with Leah and Dana, ditched the bike, and then the three of us explored Times Square. Oh Times Square, you never cease to amaze me. It’s certainly a sight to see.
From Times Square we walked back by our hotel to change shoes (our feet were dying!), and then walked to Highline Park (another 12 or so blocks away). Highline Park is a greenway that has been built over an old raised railroad track that used to run along the Hudson river. They are still in the process of expanding it. The city views were nice up there and it was nice to walk among green trees and flowers. This southern girl needed that little dose of nature 😉
Next up….Paul’s concert!