Dilemma, dilemma. We had the hardest time deciding what to do for when and on which day. The three of us knew exactly where we wanted to go, but scheduling which activity for which day was annoying, and allocating how much time to spend doing a particular activity was even more annoying. In New York City, there are just too many things to see. You can be having your regular stroll along the street, but then get caught up in the activities around you, without realize that you’re strolling away from where you were walking towards.
I LOVE that.
Day 2 in New York City was not very active. We spent most of our time recuperating from our tedious journey, deciding on the places to go see and contemplating which would be more ‘New-York-y’, but we did do a few things like visit Little China (while fervently making note of all the subway stations available on this street we could make use of later). We walked along Canal Street later at night, got drinks at a great pub with great prices and that was about it.
Day 3 was much better. We visited the Bronx Zoo, Central Park, and a Comedy Club. Now I know this seems like very few things to do in a day but there was a LOT of walking involved. The Bronx Zoo is HUMUNGOUS. It was an hours’ ride on the subway to get from NYC to the Bronx, and we had to walk about 6 blocks from the station to reach the entrance of the zoo.
Once we were there, I think we spent about 5 hours inside the zoo. It didn’t help that it was raging hot, so at the end of it, we were all pretty tuckered out. I hadn’t drunk so many bottles of water in a span of 5 hours in a looong time. The only disappointing thing was probably how we walked for 45 minutes up to Tiger Mountain and get an eyeful of zero tigers. Yay for camouflage!
My feet were singing grand opera by then and we all decided we had enough of the zoo. The walk from the exit to the bus station was no fun either, and by then we all needed to sit down and give our legs a break. Unfortunately we were a little lost on which bus to take to get to Central Park. After we figured it out with the help of a boozing gentlemen listening in on our conversation, we caught the express bus all the way to Central Park. The park is amazing! And of course, this too was huge. Thankfully though, the bus ride helped ease our aching feet so we were all able to do some more walking before we’d have to stop and rest again.
Central Park is crowded with dog walkers, joggers, cyclists, skaters, strollers, homeless people and hopped-up individuals. We were initially going there with the purpose of walking around the park and then renting a boat at the lake but we were too late for that. Luckily though there was a dance academy show going on, so we got tickets, settled ourselves on a nice patch of earth, and watched the 2 hour long performances, while filling up on some yummy treats at numerous food stalls.
After that, it was more walking and I can’t remember where we were at and which street we were on, but we signed ourselves in for a comedy show at CB’s Comedy Club. The show was at 9:30pm, and we had about an hour to burn, so we went in to an Italian restaurant/pub, and got a few drinks while we waited. CB’s comedy club was featuring four comedians that night: Yamaneika Saunders, Mike Lawrence, Dante Nero and Geno Bisconte. We got seats right in front of the stage, and because we were three Indian girls, we got picked on a lot which was hilariously good fun.
The comedians were all pretty good, and we ended the night with a stroll through Madison Avenue and the park, and had a nutella-filled, chocolate krepe at a tiny store on the walk back home. De-elicious end to an awesome day!
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"You come to New York to find the ambiance that will evoke your best. You do not necessarily know precisely what that might be, but you come to New York to discover it".
— Dr. James Hillman