We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Our leader Bulldog planned a West Side route this year, from the fountain at Lincoln Center (where they filmed some scenes in West Side Story when it was rubble) to the site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire just east of Washington Square in Greenwich Village - with more interesting detours and zig-zags to sites than I can report or remember. He reported briefly here.
From Lincoln Center to transport home, I clocked 13.8 miles, with sore quads. My sis, who just had a hip replacement after a running accident, handled it all and is eager for the next hike. It's just far more interesting than her usual country hiking, with so much to look at and to talk about. Golly, as a country boy I do love this crazy city and any out-of-towners who hike with us come to feel the same way.
Before I post a few random street pics, two free ads: first, Artichoke Pizza. After going into Moore's ancient Chelsea church, we strolled through Chelsea Market (good fun, lots of food and stuff) and headed up a block to their location on 10th Ave. in Chelsea. Best New York pizza I have found - ever. Thin pizza, oily and slightly burnt the way I like it. Many cool beers on tap. Fast, rough NYC-style service: you had better know exactly what you want when you're up. Perfect for a cool drizzly day.
The cupcake ad is for Magnolia Bakery on Bleecker St. Perfect cupcakes. Stupid to resist cuz life is short and you do not get there every day.
Marianne would have liked this post. From Lincoln Center, we headed downtown on Broadway thru Columbus Circle, noting the huge new "pencil" high-rises going up on Central park South -
Pics of my favorite city below the fold -
The old Hearst building has an interesting history. It took many years for it to become the tall building originally intended
Walked thru Times Square just because it's there. Fairly quiet at 10:30 am.
We did walk thru the garment district but it's very quiet on weekends. The Flower District would have been fun, but it's closed on Sundays. This is walking west 34th St with the Empire State bldg behind us in the distance.
Javits Center behind that little park. Javits needed for pit stop, and because it is adjacent to the entry to the new final leg of the High Line
View of insane new construction by the rail yards, from the High Line. It's a Boom Town.
We did a stretch of the High Line,
got off in the 20s to see Moore's church, Chelsea market, and to grab pizza. That's General Theoloigcal Seminary on the corner. They have fallen on hard times.
After lunch, meandered south thru the Meatpacking district
down into the West Village which is the most charming part of the entire darn city, in my opinion. Indeed, a village. Only history buffs recall that Greenwich Village was set up as a development, out in the countryside of New Amsterdam, for free blacks. We wandered around and saw lots of stuff. Just some random pics here of this lovely neighborhood.
White Horse was a favorite of literati, including Dylan Thomas. Bob Dylan liked it too.
Down there, with the crazy streets, I always get 180 degrees disoriented unless the sun is out
After checking out the hanging tree in Washington Square park, we strolled through the park to the site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then we went our separate ways. My subgroup had 13.8 miles by the end.
Looks like you folks had a good day! I am glad BD you earn it!
I have a question for you to consider in the near future. There have been several stories of the businesses and infratstrtucture investment that China is making in various parts of Africa. Please tell me what are we doing there?
Have we been mis guided in our efforts to take over the middle east, while the real new giant has been taking over that great continent? I can't help but feel they are making much bigger and more important investments in a place that will show far greater return than say--Iraq.
What are we doing in Africa? Anything smart?
Nice photos of NYC. Seems to be a fair amount of construction going on. I have visited NYC for decades- including the Bronx Zoo in elementary school and an overnight visit to NYC for the 8th grade class trip. We sold magazine subscriptions to pay for the trip.
I have reached the stage where I find walking the streets of NYC to suffice, as I have already seen the sites I want to see. Though some deserve multiple visits, such as the Met or Museum of Natural History.
Bird Dog, very nice account. I linked to your post on my personal blog here, read by family and a few friends. Thanks again to you and Bulldog for an excellent adventure in the big city with such interesting people.