Charles A Dana Discovery Centre
With Harlem Meer in the foreground
After a well deserved sleep in this morning we had a quite late start. We dropped our washing off at the local laundromat $20 for 20 odd pounds of washing, washed and folded sounded good to us.
From the laundromat we walked to Central Park, three blocks away. We are staying toward the Northern end of the park and a walk down 106th Street and we were there. Central Park is equally beautiful as it is unique. This green jungle in a "concrete jungle where dreams are made of....." (I knew I could sneak the Jay Z/Alicia Keys song in here somewhere) takes you to a special place in a special place. We had lunch at Maoz, a vegetarian food stand within the park. We had a vegetarian salad with Falafal, homous and tahini with Belgian Fries, chips with the potato skin on. We had a number of squirrels for company, they are busy at the moment collecting acorns and burying them for the Winter when their food is scarce.
At Central Park we visited Conservatory Gardern and all the photos from Central Park are in this area. The gardens, statues and water features are very beautiful and really
well maintained. So many photo opportunities and I think I have done it justice.
New York, as is the case for all the big cities in the states is extremely easy to get around. The blocks are simply grids so a bit of pre-planning each day and write notes in our blue note book and we are on our way. Similarly the subway is simple to ride. Google maps gives you the subway route (number or letter) and how many stops you need to make. All the major commuter trains have up to the minute illuminated boards with your track on, if you know your stop, eg 103 Street, you can keep track of where you are. And if you do get a bit lost ask one of the locals or station staff, they are a truly friendly people and love talking to Aussies.
After lunch we went back to our brownstone to get ready for our adventure to New Jersey. Our plans were to go Carlo's Bakery, home of the Cake Boss from TV fame, and then on to Morris Plains to meet Greg and Isabella two of my work colleagues from Sydney who are at World
HQ for conferences and meetings.
Carlo's was a bit disappointing. Mind you it didn't stop Vicki and I from making a purchase and enjoying the tasty treats by the Hudson River, the border between New Jersey and New York State. We then travelled on a New Jersey version of Sydney's "inter urban" out to Morris Plains a trip of around an hour.
It was so nice to meet up with Greg and Isabella, and catch up with what has been happening down under. Well from Greg anyway as Isabella has been away longer than Vicki and I, travelling to Europe enroute to the USA.
Tomorrow is our last full day on this holiday, we have a limo picking us up at 10am Friday - bummer! We have a big day lined up including a trip to Macy's and a visit to some museums and maybe a boat tour around New York City depending on how much time we have.
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