What do you do when you find yourself in New York for just a few hours?
We arrived to a pull out bed at our friend Steve’s house at 10:30pm after a long flight from Anchorage, Alaska (and a delay) starting at 4am. I look down at my phone and groan.
“It is only 6:30 in Anchorage. This will be an interesting night.”
What a silly concept that you can be jet lagged in your own country.
We ran down to a random little bar for a quick beer and grabbed a slice of that good ol’ New York pizza. While I thought it would be a difficult night, we fell asleep instantly.
The next morning was all business. We finally rolled out of bed at almost 11am, grabbed brunch, and were all business.
What can you do in New York in only 4 hours? We had a flight to catch at 8:40 at JFK and wanted to be on the train heading out by 4:30.
Well, I can tell you what we did.
Made our way up the Highline. The architectural genius of this old-railroad-turned-park is not only a creative use of space but the amount of people sunbathing and enjoying their lunch in the middle of the city was promising. How freaking cool is this?
We enjoyed a bit of street art. It is everywhere and lots of it is actually GOOD. I love when communities foster creativity. It was just so fantastic.
We scurried off the park in search for a bathroom. It appears as though there are no public bathrooms in NYC. My bad for assuming that they would be like back home. Hell, there were even restaurants without bathrooms installed. WTF?! Keep this in mind when trekking around for a while. Expect to grab something to eat from a restaurant nearby. Travelers beware. I know how sensitive our stomachs can be.
We made our way to Times Square. Shaun and I made the same realization when we hit this colorful and overwhelming location. We prefer Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan to Times Square and feel a little sheepish admitting that. I think we had built up this moment in our heads for so long that when we finally arrived it failed to deliver. Colors, bright billboards, performers – I found myself thinking I was at Disneyland. While it is all great and all I feel like underneath you know it is fake.
Holy crap it appears as though I’m a Chicago girl and I’m convinced Shaun will be a Chicago guy.
We aren’t completely writing off the Big Apple. I know it is more than just Times Square. We’ll be back in November and I’m sure I’ll be humming “Autumn in New York” as we leisurely stroll through Central Park.
I’m giving you another chance NYC. Don’t mess this one up.
***Pardon the iPhone pics as we did this very on the fly.***