Where the Sidewalk Ends (Part 5)

Sorry for the delay in this series – I was in L.A. and Santa Fe for the last few days. I’ll tell you all about that soon, but, first things first, I need to finish telling you all about our journey from the northern tip of Manhattan to the southern tip.  In the last post we were enjoying some tasty dogs in the flatiron district.

For the next ten blocks, we kind of stumbled around in a tired, over-stuffed stupor. At first I thought I was imagining all the bells and singing, and then I realized that we were in Union Sq. just in time for the Hare Krishna show. For my first few years in New York, Union Sq. was definitely my favorite part of the city. My sister went to NYU and her dorm was right around the corner. When I’d come to visit her, I’d tried to spend as much time in the square, watching all the skateboarding punks, the old men playing dominos, the street performers, and the people selling jewelry and apple pie. Even now, with a Whole Foods, DSW and three Starbucks, I still think it’s the perfect spot to spend the afternoon people-watching and getting a true sense of the diversity that makes NYC so unique.

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The Hare Krishnas in Union Sq.

Just when I thought I couldn’t walk any farther, we crossed the 200 block marker, and I felt a sudden rush of energy. “Let’s walk to New Jersey!” I joked.

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200 blocks!

A good representation of Little Italy

We made it to Little Italy just in time for dinner. Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures because I was too focused on finding a restaurant and it was pretty dark, so this is someone else’s picture of the garlic scented streets.

Here’s my advice for eating in Little Italy: be careful of the specials. We chose a restaurant where the entrees were all between $15-$20. I ordered one of the pasta specials and as the waitress was leaving to put in our order she casually said, “oh yeah, because it’s a special it’s going to cost a few extra dollars. That’s ok, right?”

“Sure,” I said, and then fortunately added, “Wait, how much exactly?”

“$69.”

At which point I nearly choked on my water, and immediately ordered something else. Pasta needs to be covered in gold if I’m going to pay that much for it. That really rounded out my experience of feeling like a tourist.

Ok, we’re so close to the end – only a mile and half to go.

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3 comments

  1. Ok ouch on the cost of that “special”. I thought the point of specials was a deal? Yeesh. Expensive noshing aside, still loving this journey. I had no idea Hare Krishnas were still around. Seriously, no disrespect of any religion intended, I haven’t seen much of this group since their days in airports when I was little. I love the sound of bells though. I bet it was beautiful.

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  2. The first time Daddy & I went to Edmondos in Eastchester, I too ordered a lunch special. Every lunch deal cost less than $15. And our waitress didn’t tell us that my meal would cost over $40. This was a little more than 20 years ago. I was so annoyed that I called the restaurant when I got home and they offered a free dessert the next time we came. I told them there wouldn’t be a next time since I don’t give my business to people who rip me off. The owner explained that there are people who don’t like being told that there are surcharges. I told her to just put the prices of the “specials” on the menu and see how many people order them. She was very nice about it, and we did wind up going back. But eventually that restaurant,which had great food, went out of business. And I always wondered if it was because sometimes people felt ripped off there.

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