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Washington Square Village

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    • Day 2

      First steps in NY

      December 30, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      Nach erfolgreicher Einreise in New York, erster Taxifahrt und kurzer bzw. Langer Nacht in der ersten Unterkunft konnten wir halbwegs ausgeruht und bei schönstem Sonnenschein die Stadt entdecken.
      High-Line, 9/11 Memorial, Wall-Street, oneWTC, TimesSquare. Abends haben wir den Tag gemeinsam mit Freunden aus Köln ausklingen lassen.
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    • Day 2

      Day 2 - Easy like a Sunday morning....

      November 5, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Mass confusion when we wake up. We’ve both been a bit wakey through the night as our bodies adjust to Eastern Time. At one point, I get up to use the bathroom, check my watch and it’s 02:30. What feels like hours later, I get up to use the bathroom, check my watch, and it’s 02:15. I’m utterly befuddled. It’s only when we’re both awake, that we deduce that daylight savings time ended overnight, and we’ve gained an hour in bed.

      Next up, we realise that it’s New York Marathon day. We’ve got a few bits planned for today, but decide we want to weave in some time supporting the runners. We head out in decent time - around 08:30, and stop in at a diner for breakfast. I adore these stereotypical American diners - they’re cheap, fast, and you know exactly what you’re going to get. Sustained, we walk further South, towards Washington Square Park. We spend some time lazing by the fountain, and watch a dance flash-mob type thing do their thing.

      We grab a subway up to the Upper East Side and walk a few blocks over to see the Marathon runners. The crowd is raucous in their support. The runners are a little muted compared to our experience of watching their London equivalents. There are certainly no fancy dress costumes on display. Perhaps that’s one of the things that only the ‘crazy Brits’ do…

      We have a reservation for a Sunday roast at 13:30, so head back down towards the Lower East Side. We’re a little early, so stop in at a really cool little bar called the Globe for a couple of pre-game sharpeners. Lunch is at the New York outpost of the Hawksmoor chain of steakhouses. We’ve had their beef roast a few times in London, and it’s always been astonishingly good. I have a Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew (Google if you’re unfamiliar - nectar of the shaky gods). Our roasts are good, but lack in a couple of places. The roast potato game is weak, but the fire roasted beef rump is sensational, and I’d quite like to take the bone marrow and Maderia gravy home to meet my family.

      After lunch, we waddle a ways up 5th Avenue, stop for a beer, then head up the Empire State Building. The views are as sensational as we remember them from 2009. We locate the scene of the crime, take some lovely photos, and bank some idyllic memories.

      We head to a Chelsea hotel for a couple of wines, but are largely distracted by looking for tickets for Pink’s show tonight at Madison Square Garden. We saw her in Hyde Park in July 2023 and were blown away. We knew she was playing in New York while we were here, but the resale value of tickets was insane - upwards of $1,000 for moderate view seats. We set ourselves a much MUCH more reasonable budget, and said we’d keep an eye as the gig got closer. With doors opening at 18:30, and the support act on at 19:30, we’re disheartened that tickets remain in the stratosphere. Suddenly a pair of tickets becomes available, and we snap them up. Quick refresh, out the door, and we’re over at Madison Square Garden just after 20:00. We catch the final song of the support act.

      Pink’s show is immense. Such a performer. The set is largely the same as our Hyde Park experience, but the sound, visuals, performance are all a cut above. It’s simply staggering. The gig finishes at 23:00. We stumble back to our hotel (about a 7 min walk), and fall into bed. It’s been a cracker of a day.

      In the battle of Irvines vs Sunday…

      IRVINES WIN, IRVINES WIN.
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    • Day 3

      Night walk Manhattan

      January 25, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 4 °C

      Die Stadt hat enorme Ausmaße oder wie manche sagen würden "der Dschungel"? Es ist als würden die Straßen die Menschen verschlucken ganz so wie fleischfressende Pflanzen und die Hauseingänge spucken Sie dann wieder aus, damit der Strom sich immer wieder von neuem füllt. Jeder scheint es eilig zu haben und viele machen ein neurotisches Gesicht, einige geradezu ein paranoides. Im großen und ganzen bin ich jedoch jetzt schon verliebt. Das war mein erster Nachtspaziergang. 5 th Avenue, ein kurzes Verweilen im Madison Square Park und Skateboarder im Washington Square. Die Geräusche und die Kulisse entsprechen dem, was man aus vielen Filmen kennt. Das mag daran liegen, dass die Filmemacher in New York einfach draufhalten und Stadtszenen 1:1 real in den Film einfließen. Taxifahrer sind im Übrigen nicht wirklich ansprechbar und helfen einem auch nicht mit dem Koffer. Wenn man ihnen dann kein Trinkgeld gibt, wird man angefaucht. Bei irgendwem im Esszimmer steht ein Zebra vorm Bücherregal. Eine durch und durch echte Stadt mit autenthischen Leuten und einem unnachahmlichen Flair.Read more

    • Day 6

      Washington Square

      July 4, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

      Solita piccola colazione in albergo e cafè da Starbucks, facciamo le valigie che possiamo lasciare in camera fino alle 12 e ci concediamo le ultime ore a New York.
      Giorgio, Pippo ed io andiamo a vedere il Flatiron Building di soli 22 piani, con pianta triangolare, costruito nel 1902, molto particolare, ma in ristrutturazione. Li vicino c’è Madison Square Park: cerchiamo il famoso Madison Square Garden, dove Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) incontrò Frasier, ma scopriamo che non è vicino all’omonima piazza.
      Andiamo verso Washington Square Park, dove abbiamo appuntamento con gli altri, percorrendo la 5th Av..
      Nei pressi della piazza c’è un Campus Universitario, infatti siamo nel centro nevralgico della New York University. In direzione della 5th Av. c’è il Washington Arch costruito nel 1895 e dedicato a Washington e nel centro della piazza c’è una fontana. Un ragazzo alto, biondo, tutto vestito di nero con un cappotto a mantella si aggira nella piazza tutto impettito. Noi abbiamo caldo e cerchiamo l’ombra, ma lui non sembra nemmeno sudato, strano sicuramente.
      Torniamo in albergo. Giorgio con la sua valigia va direttamente in aeroporto. Noi vorremmo lasciare le valigie nella hall fino alle 13.30 per fare un altro giro e eventualmente cercare dei souvenir, ma dopo un acceso dibattito dove Andrea ricorda a Laura e Giulia quando a Londra hanno perso l’aereo, andiamo in metro verso una piazza dove potrebbe esserci un negozio di articoli vari e un locale dove fanno bagel a base di diversi cereali e una variopinta scelta di composti con cui riempirli: davvero gradevoli, persino per Pippo che è sempre critico nei confronti della cucina non italiana.
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    • Day 108

      Mini-Trip USA: New York City

      August 15, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      Und a propos Dresden: unsere Nachbar*innen haben wir auch noch getroffen und gemeinsam eine kleine Walking Tour durch ihre Lieblingsecken von New York unternommen, wo sie gerade für einige Monate leben. Wir haben uns durch die grünen Ecken von Manhattan geschlängelt: Central Park, Highline und Little Island. Und durch die gemütlichen Ausgehviertel Chelsea, Greenwich und Noho. Köstlichste Burritos und Quesadillas haben wir gefuttert und mit McSorley's Old Ale House ein Urgestein der hiesigen Pub-Welt kennengelernt. Ein super schöner Abend in dieser so großartigen Stadt, die mittlerweile auch wieder ganz schön voll und wuselig ist und bei weitem nicht mehr so ruhig, wie wir sie letztes Jahr im Frühling noch erlebt hatten.

      Wir wären auf jeden Fall gern noch geblieben und sind aber auch sicher, dass dies nicht unser letzter Aufenthalt in NYC gewesen sein wird.
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    • Day 3

      Crop circle

      March 6, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Weil es natürlich noch nicht genug Essen war, mussten wir noch mehr probieren bis wir wirklich geplatzt sind.
      Goukui (flat bread) gefüllt mit Cajun Chicken 8/10

    • Day 7

      Flatiron Building

      January 1, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      Das Flatiron Building (deutsch „Bügeleisengebäude“) (auch Fuller Building) ist ein 1902 an der Kreuzung der Fifth Avenue, des Broadway und der 23rd Street in dem nach ihm benannten Flatiron District von Manhattan errichtetes Hochhaus. Aufgrund seiner ungewöhnlichen Keilform gehört das 91 Meter hohe Gebäude zu den Wahrzeichen New York Citys.Read more

    • Day 7

      Washington Square Park

      January 1, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Der Washington Square Park zählt zu den bekanntesten der über 1700 öffentlichen Parkanlagen in New York City. Gelegen zwischen Greenwich Village und East Village an der New York University umfasst die Anlage eine Fläche von 3,95 Hektar.Read more

    • Day 34

      Lodny dennik spojenych pesibusistov 08

      July 16, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

      Pred nami bol posledny cely den v New Yorku a celkovo v USA, tak sme si v ramci moznosti privstali a vyrazili do Manhatanu. Pochodili sme dominanty ako Wall Street, Ground Zero, Time Hall... Tiez sme sa rozhodli pre navstivenie posledneho muzea nasho vyletu, v ktorom bola velka lietadlova lod Interpid, lietadlo Concorde, vesmirna lod Enterprise, ponorka Growler a kopec lietadiel a helikopter. Bolo to jedno z najlepsich muzei v akom som v zivote bol a urcite stalo za tu pesiu turu ktoru sme k nemu podnikli. V muzeu sme boli cez 3 hodiny a vysli sme von taky nachodeni, ze sme sa presunuli do centra Manhatanu, sadli si do parku na lavicku a vegetovali pri hudobnom koncerte vaznej hudby. Ani sme uz nemalu chut sa terigat cez mesto a nahanat dalsie pamiatky, ktore sme este vidiet nestihli. Vratili sme sa k Malcolmovi a po rychlej udrzbe nasich telesnych schranok sme si vychutnali poslednu noc v USA. Rano sme sa dobalili a vyraxili na letisko. Nalomene koliesko na mojom kufri, ktore sa mi podarilo zlepit nejakym super silbym lepidlom vydrzalo prvych 20 metrov a potom sa uplne urvalo. Miesto kufru som mal co do hmotnosti a poctu koliesok piano, co by nevadilo keby som ho nemusel nosit v rukach :( Tristvrte cesty na letisko som ho hrdinsky nosil sam, chalani mi ale zavideli moju zabavku a tak som ich nechal nech si tiez trosku zablbnu :D Spolocnymi silami sme dostali kufor do letiskoveho vlaciku v ktorom sme sa rozlucili a vystupil som na terminali smerom do Bruselu.Read more

    • Day 17

      Washington Mews

      June 23, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      Dovevamo riportare l'auto a Manhattan e Michela doveva andare dal dentista. Così abbiamo lasciato Syria e Noemi con Antony e accompagnato Michela, abbiamo fatto una passeggiata e poi siamo tornati in metro.Read more

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