It was my intention to craft this post about my mid-May New York, New York adventures last week – but all of the sudden it was Friday and time for me to get off the computer for the weekend. And then I blinked again and realized it was June.
I’m feeling like so much time has passed since our trip (aka life is zooming) and that summer and the Solstice will be here before I know it, but I’m going to share anyway (I’m sure this never happens to any of you:)…
First – A really huge thank you to my nephew Avi, his wife Agathe (who was actually away while we were there), and their pup Boogaloo for hosting us in their small flat in Brooklyn for our Criss-Crossing New York Adventures.
And here it is – a little bit on our adventures:
Arrival: Fly from DIA to LaGuardia and taxi to Gowanus (Brooklyn) in the pouring rain. Fortunately the rain stopped when we reached Gowanus and we were able to stretch our legs with a walk about the neighborhood, and go to dinner.
DAY 1: Long wander around Gowanus and Park Slope > Prospect Park with Avi (Boogaloo, too:) > a great turtle siting!
Cook dinner at Avi’s flat
DAY 2: Du Jour Cafe – waiting for the bike shop to open
Pedaling from 9th Street Cycles in Park Slope to & over the Brooklyn Bridge…
…up the Hudson River pathway, into and around Central Park, back down the Hudson River pathway and around the tip of Manhattan, up to and over the Manhattan Bridge and back to 9th Street Cycles. Estimated 28 city miles!
Dinner at Runner & Stone
DAY 3: Subway to manhattan > Chelsea Market > Highline > Time Square > MoMA > apple Store and back to the subway
Penn Station to Great Neck on the Long Island railroad > visit with generations of cousins – Kimmie, Brian, Rayna, Kendall, Bailey & Bev
Return to Penn Station on Long island railroad, the subway back to Brooklyn
Departure Day: Breakfast at what became our favorite neighborhood restaurant and bakery – Runner & Stone > Subway to Penn Station > Amtrak to Hartford to pick up a rental car for the next leg of our adventures.
The pace and complexity of such a huge city was fascinating to this small mountain town gal, and I’m glad to be back on my bicycle with just a few cars on the road with me and looking out on the mountains.
And since returning home I’ve had so much fun weaving paper to create this journal page (just below) out of the subway maps I insisted my husband hunt down as we waited at Penn Station for our Amtrak train leaving the city.
I’ve since made a thank you card with more of the subway map using this technique. It has arrived at my nephew’s in Brooklyn, along with a fun little candle from Beeyond the Hive in Salida –which I hope they will enjoy this summer.
More criss-crossing paper, and other adventures, to come this summer.
What summer adventures do you have planned?
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