Hiking, Travels

NYC – Day 5, The Cold Cold Spring Hike

Whilst New York City has almost everything one could want in a city, sometimes the need for countryside becomes too hard to resist. There are Metro-North trains running out of Grand Central Terminal to Poughkeepsie which stop at Cold Spring, a small place on the edge of the Hudson Highlands Park. It’s a short walk from the train station to…

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NYC – Day 4, Learning Basketball

Happy holidays, everyone! A day for a brisk walk in Central Park before the Knicks game this afternoon. The operative word here being “brisk” as it’s 21F/-6C today. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t wander too long in search of breakfast and instead went to the Starbucks round the corner. The one advantage is they serve coffee in buckets. Oh…

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NYC – Day 3 Part 4, Love for the East Village

Ohhhhhhhh food baby. Major food baby. Coma imminent. Went to Hearth in the East Village for La Vigilia/Feast of the Seven Fishes. No one really knows why it’s 7, but it’s fish and it’s Italian-American, so it seemed like a great thing to try. I’ll attach the menu at some point. I was perfectly on-time, but the hostess informed me…

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NYC – Day 3 Part 3, The Wrong Tunes

The walk back downtown included a deliberate stop at the Rockefeller Center to check out the famous tree. Seen it, didn’t hang around, terrified by the giant crowds, not going back. Enough said. I had also planned to walk down 5th but the hordes of tourists put me right off and I scooted across to Lexington in the hope of…

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NYC – Day 3 Part 2, Christmas Magic Kicks Off

The early afternoon was set aside for the New York City Ballet Balanchine Nutcracker. The magic of Christmas starts! The children from the School of American Ballet were completely adorable, and made me think how much better Christmas is when you’re a child. The excitement of staying up late, seeing so many friends and family members that you never see…

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NYC – Day 3 Part 1, The E.Vil Diner

In search of a cheap and filling breakfast, I wandered down to the East Village again. I feel at home here, so why not? A nothing-looking diner called Stage seemed the right option, with its counter for around 15 people and no tables. In fact barely any room to walk behind the bar stools, because of everyone’s huge coats (oh…

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NYC – Day 2 Part 2, Change of Plan

Walking back up Ave A and St Mark’s Place reminded me of my last visit in the height of summer, and made me glad to have seen it in both bright sunshine and pouring rain and loving it just the same in both conditions. It feels like stuff can happen here, and I like it. Clearly walking around soaking up…

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NYC – The First Day

I laugh in the face of an early start (this will come back to bite me fairly soon afterwards) so a 5am taxi didn’t seem like a particular problem. Never mind that it was a last resort, but the combination of an early Sunday morning flight (no Piccadilly line and no Heathrow Express because of Crossrail works) and two suitcases…

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