Our flight wasn’t scheduled until that afternoon, so we left our luggage at the hotel after checking out Monday morning. The plan was to have a really peaceful Labor Day and we had tentative plans to walk and shop and see where we ended up.
We started off into Greenwich Village in search of some breakfast and we were a little surprised to find that most things were closed for Labor Day. I gotta tell ya – if I paid what these people pay for rent, I’d be open for business! Nonetheless, it was a quiet day on the street.
Eventually, we found a little cafe serving brunch and we headed inside. Not only was it quite possibly the most reasonably priced food we’d seen since arriving in the city but they also had the most amazing breakfast beverage that I never knew existed.
Nutella hot cocoa. My life is complete.
We walked and wandered with no real plan. Just exploring the Village. We eventually came upon Washington Square Park and the beginning of 5th Avenue, which we followed on up to the Flatiron Building.
At that point, we met Ryan for lunch – he’d spent the morning with a friend who lives in the city. We found some food then headed East. We had visited the Bronx and Brooklyn over the course of our trip — we thought we’d go wave at Queens. So we walked. Are you noticing a pattern?
The East River smells as bad as it did in my dreams. But the view was nice.
And we noticed some cool skywriting. An ad for a local casino. Those crazy marketing people.
The weather was beautiful and we were just soaking it up. If I had it to do over again, I might wear different shoes that day – but I wouldn’t change anything else. Most of the city was either sleeping or relaxing in the various parks and pools we were passing. We saw napping. We saw sliding and swinging and running. And lots and lots of laughing.
Over the course of the day we developed a game we’re pretty sure city kids play — “Starbucks!” Same rules as “Slug bug!” It got pretty intense as the day progressed. And we managed to fit in one more Seinfeld landmark before we headed home. Well, two. First – Mendy’s.
Then the NY Public Library – of which I neglected to take a picture.
I spent a good portion of our trip cringing at various signs, menus and marquees. The Grammar Queen never takes a vacation. Here are two of my favorites:
This sign hung on all sides of a presumably vacant building in Brooklyn. Gotta love it.
And this one was just down the block from our hotel in SOHO.
At first glance, there’s nothing amiss. But look carefully.
Clever, right? Just like that – “Countyard” becomes “Courtyard”. Ahh, the joys of freelance proofreading.
We eventually caught the subway at Times Square and shot back to our hotel. If you are paying attention and know anything about Manhattan — we covered a lot of ground that day. It looked something like this.
Yeah. We started at the hotel around 10 am and made it to Times Square by early afternoon. I didn’t bother doing the math on how FAR that actually is. I probably don’t want to know.
We had a blissfully uneventful subway ride from Times Square back to the hotel to pick up our bags and catch our car to the airport.
What a trip! What a LUCKY trip. A completely freakish stroke of luck got us there in the first place. We managed to sidestep a hurricane and have disgustingly perfect weather the entire time. While we had our share of ‘just ok’ food experiences, we also dined on lobster tails at Yankee Stadium. Our flights were on-time and we all got home safely. Farewell NYC!
Thanks for hanging in there through the whole story. I hope reading it was even a fraction of the fun we had living it.
Note: I am in no way required by either The C.A.R.E. Initiative or Saatchi & Saatchi X to write this account of our trip. This blog has not been sponsored, compensated, or otherwise obligated by C.A.R.E. or SSX — we just had too much fun not to share! For more information about The C.A.R.E. Initiative check out their website or shoot me an email.