Yesterday my mom’s cousin and her daughter, Melissa, came into the city for the day. We mostly spent time just hanging out, drinking coffee and catching up. A perfectly good way to spend a Monday right after the holidays!
We did venture out of the hotel to do a few things…
1. Scouted Out My Next Running Route
I had hoped to run around downtown yesterday morning, including a trip over the Brooklyn Bridge, but it was just too cold out for me to run at sunrise.
The bridge sees a lot of pedestrian traffic, especially during rush hour. I knew if I wasn’t at the foot of the bridge by 7am I would have no hope of running it, so I tabled my downtown run for Tuesday morning.
I was apprehensive about running the bridge yesterday anyway because I didn’t really know how to navigate the subway system to get there (we don’t have subways or trains in Florida).
Melissa helped me figure out the subway and showed me how to take it from the hotel to the foot of the bridge so now I know exactly what I need to do to get there on my own. By the time you are reading this, I hope to say I have conquered the Brooklyn Bridge!
Just cross your fingers for me that I don’t die during my attempt as it’s just about the biggest bridge I have ever seen!
BTW, can you spot anything wrong with this subway entrance sign?
That is why it always pays to have multiple people spellcheck your work!
2. Took a Subway from Grand Central Station
As mentioned above I learned to navigate the subway yesterday — beginning with a trip from Grand Central Station itself!
As soon as I walked into Grand Central I instantly thought of the first ever episode of Gossip Girl where Dan sees Serena get off the train.
Hey Upper East Siders, Gossip Girl here. And I have the biggest news ever. One of my many sources, Melanie91, sends us this: “Spotted at Grand Central, bags in hand: Serena van der Woodsen.
Ah, season one was so good.
3. Visited One World Trade Center and Ground Zero
We hoped to take a tour through the 9/11 Museum but tickets for the entire afternoon were sold out by the time we got there.
One World Trade Center is a beautiful building, 104 stories and 1776 feet high. It includes 54 high-speed elevators and life-safety systems that far exceed NYC building code.
Here is a picture of one of the commemorative infinity fountains. There are two fountains in total and each one sits where the twin towers once stood.
4. Finally Got a Picture of United Nations
My mom and I went by the United Nations building on Sunday but the flags weren’t out. Yesterday they were flying high and make for a great sight.
I wanted to tour the inside but I heard there really isn’t much to see so we skipped it.
5. Saw Times Square All Lit Up
I honestly feel like I’m just not going to ever be a fan of Times Square. It’s really not my thing, but it sure is bright out there at night.
Melissa and I in the middle of the mess:
Yesterday was low key in comparison to Sunday, but full of laughs and good people.
Today we’ll spend another full day in the city before hopping on a plane back to Fort Lauderdale. As much as I’ve enjoyed the cold weather and playing tourist, I sure do miss Adam and Cecil!
Can’t wait to see them tonight! 🙂
What is the biggest bridge you’ve ever run over?