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NYC - Part 5


So the Nuke events were over. Many folks left the next morning, but I booked three nights in the hotel.

I am very glad I did. ;)

It was nice to have a day where we had no agenda, no time we had to be up, etc. We went out for breakfast at the same place Ron had discovered yesterday. Then we went walking to Times Square and Central Park.

Before we get to the beauty that is Central Park, some general observations about Manhattan:

It smells bad. There is a constant garbage/sewer smell that you kind of force yourself to get used to after awhile.

Drivers constantly honk their horns. It’s become a bad habit. I’m not talking about blaring horns, but short blasts all the time. Hesitate to make that right-hand turn and it’s guaranteed someone will honk at you – it doesn’t matter that you’re waiting for someone to cross the street.

We lost count of how many languages we heard. "Melting Pot" doesn't begin to cover it. But you know those basic words that people think are crucial to learn in the native tongue to get around? You know, like, "where is the bathroom?" It seems that one word most foreigners can say is "Starbucks." ;)

OK, back to the park. Ron hadn’t realized how close he’d been, or he would have ventured there yesterday. I’m glad we discovered it together instead.

Central Park is 843 acres, or 6% of Manhattan’s total acreage. It has seven bodies of water totaling 150 acres, 250 acres of lawns, and 136 acres of woodlands.

I took a few pictures, so I’ll let them do the talking:

The rest

We only saw maybe about 1/4 of the park, but it was better than we had expected.

As we headed back into the city for a late lunch, we spotted a dog walking itself. Seriously. The owner was nearby, but the dog was holding its own leash. They would stop at an intersection, and the dog would drop the leash and wait. When the owner gave the signal, the dog picked up its leash and began walking again. Too cute!

We were exhausted by the time we ate and made it back to the hotel. Ron took a nap while I checked my e-mail, etc. After dark, we walked back to Times Square just to get one last overdose of lights and multi-story ads. ;)

The next day, it was back to PA and reality until Pittsburgh Comicon the next weekend…


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May. 3rd, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
I love Central Park. If you ever go w kids, take them to the stone slide.

Glad you had fun!
May. 3rd, 2010 02:01 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'll keep that in mind, but the odds of that happening are small. ;)
May. 3rd, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
Central Park is wonderful! On a lovely day, like the one it looks like you had, you can spend the whole day there. Beautiful pictures!
May. 3rd, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
It was cool and windy, but sunny. The guy with the kite never got it off the ground, as far as we saw. It might have been too windy.
May. 3rd, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recap! I agree Central Park is amazing. And haha, the horns. That was something I had to get used to when I moved to Virginia -- no one honks AT ALL, like except in the direst of emergencies. I once lightly tapped my horn when sitting behind someone who hadn't noticed that the light had turned green, and the stares I got for it, my LORD. ;) But I'm used to it now.
May. 3rd, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
So you used to live in NYC? It's like a constant conversation with the horns there. After awhile, I imagine you don't notice it at all.
May. 4th, 2010 09:49 am (UTC)
Yup, for five years. And yes, the sound just becomes a constant backdrop -- when I'd go elsewhere, I'd always notice how quiet it was, but I never noticed how loud it was in the city anymore. That's actually one of my strongest memories from the days right after 9/11, because I was living in part of the city that was shut down to all traffic, and it was eerily quiet all the time. No subway rumbling underfoot, no cars, nothing. It was like a different world.
May. 4th, 2010 10:13 am (UTC)
There's a constant background noise here, in this small town. I live on one of the busier streets, and I can hear traffic in the distance all the time. I hear sirens everyday.

At my boyfriend's house, you can hear bullfrogs at night. ;)
May. 3rd, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
Nice pictures. My sister and I saw Central Park very briefly on Friday when we were walking around, but not much of it.

Glad you guys got to enjoy some sights on Sunday.

And haha, the dog walking itself is too cute and funny.
May. 3rd, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
Central Park is beautiful.

Everyone was pointing and smiling at the dog.
May. 3rd, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
Ah! A photo of Ron!
(You were supposed to get a stranger to take one of BOTH of you. Shakes head, smiles.)

I love NYC. Glad you had a day to yourselves without an agenda. Central Park is FTW! :)
I want to go back...

May. 3rd, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
I know, I know! Troy is asking for one, too. ;)

Ron and his son stopped over tonight, but I'm wearing ratty clothes because I have to cut the grass. ;P

I'd like to go back, too!
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