A long line of picture posts has preceded this one, including the La La Land HBowl & the first few days back east, followed by the first half of our big day down at the WTC area. That post took a long time though and I had to end it so I could get some sleep – but let’s try to finish up these pics, why don’t we?
When last we met, Larry & I had just left the One WTC Observation Deck (and 2 glasses of wine each), so we were a bit hungry now. Across the street is a mall that has something similar to Eataly (Mario Batali’s high-end take on an Italian-based food market) but for French food, and that sounded amazing. Thanks, Stuart, for the recommendation! So we went there to get some delicious rotisserie chicken and then took a seat at the wine bar and savored the food with some beaujolais. mmm….
After that, we then walked back to the Oculus to get on the subway and head back up north a little bit, close to the Meatpacking district. Took a few more photos of the Oculus as the sun was out in full force by this point.
Wed, May 31 – Lunchtime and the Oculus revisited
Up at the Meatpacking district area, we walked west towards the hip parts, walking through and noticing some places weren’t there any more (goodbye Black Market, White Market?), before getting to the site of the new Whitney Museum of American Art. I hadn’t been to this new location yet, as it had moved from the Upper East Side a few years back. Larry had visited it and was up for seeing it again, and it has some pretty great vistas for just the surrounding area. Happily, our LACMA membership got us free admission, and we were near the end of their opening hours, so we did a very quick run through of just a few floors, while also making sure to take in some of the rooftop sights.
The Whitney Museum
The location of the Whitney is also a fantastic spot for walking the High Line, NYC’s elevated park, which has an end point right there and allows you to meander north through 20-30 great blocks of NYC. It’s a very rich area and while the park itself is very narrow, it’s a fun thing to do. Although by that point, it must be said, our feet were killing us by the end of it.
Walking the High Line
That was our day of sightseeing! It was quite exhausting but the day was gorgeous and totally worth doing. Back at our hotel, we took a well-deserved nap to get some energy, as we weren’t exactly done with going out and doing stuff. That night, Larry found us a cool ramen place that we could get reservations at in the Lower East Side called Ivan’s Ramen. Larry even navigated us there successfully over subway and sidewalk! There was a threat of rain, and while it did sprinkle a little, no biggie. And our reservation actually was useful, as we only waited a little bit of time before getting seats at the bar. It was a fun meal, with a very friendly waiter (and some particularly attractive waiters elsewhere in the restaurant). The ramen was a unique take on it, and good, but it definitely varied from what you’d expect a ramen to taste like. We ended up being one of the last few people there before closing (this was a Wednesday, so it’s not staying open until 2am), and we then had a nice journey back before crashing at the hotel for a well-earned rest.
And that concludes that epic day and this post. More to come from that week o’ fun.