New York City Day Two #AliZinNYC
Here are the many adventures of my second day in NYC from The Met and Grand Central to Katz Deli and DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) these are the pictures from my second day in NYC. (Quick Note the 360 pictures from the Subway and GCS will be on Facebook so you can interact with them) My second day in NYC started rather late. It was a Sunday and Obed, my Local guide/Host, works at a church in Manhattan was not able to meet me until around 7pm. So I decided to walk around NYC and maybe try to Visit The Met or The Museum of Natural History. I got into Downtown at around 4 pm then found out quickly that there were tons of people there for the Pride March, if you know me I am not a fan of crazy huge crowds. So in order to avoid parts of the city that were over crowded I took the Subway to a less crowded corner of Central Park not fully realizing how big central park really is and that I was legitimately about to walk 20 blocks down 5th Avenue to get to The Met. It wasn’t the worst walk ever I had my mom on the phone and I was walking down the famous 5th Ave with Central Park on my left and some beautiful businesses and even a few embassies to my right. After about 45 minutes and a 2 mile walk I was able to finally able to make it to the Met only to find out that you do not enter at the top of the famous stairs and the man at the door that directed me was not very clear as to where I was supposed to enter and gave me the impression that the entrance was on the other way which made me think the other side of the Met. I will remind you that this was in June and it was in the 90’s out and I just walked more than 20 blocks to get here. I was thirsty and had no cash to get some water from a vendor and there had been no ATM in the 20 blocks I just walked please note the Met is not a small building. I proceeded to walk around the entire building to find the correct entrance which took me about 15 or 20 minutes. Upon returning the the front of the Met to find that the entrance was on the other side of the stairs and now that I had returned to the correct side and entrance it was now just after 5:30pm and the Met was now closed. I proceeded to find a street vendor that hadn’t closed yet and pay a whole $1 on my debit card to buy a bottle of water! I had an adventure it was long I was hot and I no longer wanted to be outside in the heat. So I sat on the steps to find the closest subway station so that I didn’t have to walk another 20 blocks. Thankfully there was a subway a few blocks away and not in a crowded part of town. When I got on the subway it was only a couple of stops to Grand Central but when the gentlemen next to me who was also a visitor asked me to help him find which stop to get off at I was glad to help him but in the process I missed my stop for Grand Central and ended up having to get off at the very very crowded Lower Manhattan terminal which was one of the terminals I had been trying to avoid all day due to the crowds. I finally managed to make it back to Grand Central Station it was now 7pm and Obed called me and asked me to meet him in front of the Library! I proceeded to walk the two blocks to the Library which in retrospect probably would have been a really cool place to visit earlier if I had thought my day out a little better. Any how now rejoined with my guide who also happened to be equipped with his own car because parking meters are free on Sunday in Manhattan life was suddenly a ton easier! Obed took me to Katz Deli which was every bit the proper New York Jewish Deli experience I was promised in every quintessential New York movie or TV Show has thrown my way. Probably the most remembered is the I’ll have what she’s having scene in When Harry Met Sally. Which in the 4th picture inside the deli you can see a shot of the inside of the restaurant where there is a Sign that says points to the table the scene was shot at that says “We hope you had what she had!” After Katz we found a Barcade where for a few quarters Obed beat me a few times on Marvel vs Capcom because I am really bad at classic style arcade games. I grabbed a shot of some street art since I didn’t get to go into the art museum. Then we headed we headed to DUMBO which was pretty cool and i got some great pictures then headed home at the end I was riding across the famous Brooklyn bridge. The moral of the story was when visiting a major city as huge as New York Plan ahead at least a little bit! Also I have decided when I go back to New York I will be visiting in the fall or winter when it is cooler out and I will not be visiting it alone because I feel that New York City is a city that to really enjoy the adventure of the visit it is the type of journey that must be shared. I would hope that the next time I visit I would go with my amazing mom! Because she has never been and would be an amazing person to be a part of this type of adventure!