tourism

Where the Sidewalk Ends (Part 4)

In the middle of our 8 hour walk of Manhattan (which you can read about from beginning here), we started to pass through the region that most non-New Yorkers think of as “New York.” Oh Times Square, I have such a love-hate relationship with you. While I can sing every line of Rent and Les Miserables, and I love knowing that so much culture and creativity is jam packed into about an acre of land, the never ending hoards of tourists who don’t know how to walk in a straight line brings out the most spiteful, bitter New Yorker in me. When I walk through Times Sq. I have Al Pacino’s voice repeating in my head, “hey, I’m walkin’ here!” And while I’m ranting, why does anyone go to the M&M store? Seriously? You can get M&Ms at any grocery store.

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Why do I always forget that Letterman is based in NY?

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how many t.v. shows are filmed in NYC. From Good Morning America to Saturday Night Live, from The Daily Show with John Stewart to The View,  you can see the live filming of almost any show here.

On this particular day there was a campaign to raise money for breast cancer research. What better way to raise money than sending out a bunch of naked models clad only in paint and feathers, asking for donations? I never saw the Elmos and Mickey Mouses so neglected.

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At this point we were super tired and hungry but I refused to eat in Times Sq.

We made it out of Times Sq. without tripping over any kids, or getting sold comedy tickets – phew. Next up, the Flatiron district. Mad Sq Eats, a collection of food booths that represent some of the tastiest restaurants and food trucks in the city, sets up across from Madison Sq. park during the spring and fall. There’s nothing like having a beer in the middle of busy intersection and watching the sun set on an icon of New York City architecture, the triangular Flatiron building. I got to try Asiadog for the first time, but if you ever get to this spot during the right time of the year, I recommend Roberta’s, or Red Hook Lobster. Warning: it’s super crowded and it sometimes takes 30-40 minutes to get your food.

OK, we’re getting so close to the end, but there’s still Union Sq., Little Italy, Chinatown, Wall St... on man, I’m getting tired just thinking of it. Stay tuned!

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Happy Holidays!

Mike and me in Rockefeller Center

There’s something about the holidays that makes you feel like a tourist in your own town. Everyone seems friendlier, the storefronts all look new and festive, and there’s excitement in the air. As much as I want to be a jaded New Yorker, I still get giddy when I see the tree at Rockefeller Center. So on this fine, upcoming weekend when all the holidays collide, go outside and do something a tourist would do. It will make you appreciate where you live and it will get you in the holiday spirit. And if you you live in a town that doesn’t have many attractions here are some suggestions:

  1. Get some hot chocolate – whipped cream is a must.
  2. Go ice skating – come on every town has a rink. Or at least a neighboring town has a rink.
  3. Go on a midnight walk.
  4. Find the street that is known for their Christmas lights and take a picture in front of each house.
  5. Deliver homemade cookies to all of your friends.

But then again it’s always nice to stay at home with your loved ones, and drink hot apple cider:

Mike and me with the kitties, Reilly and Marla