Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Have Subway, Will Travel...

The New York City Subway system is old and run down but it’s still a pretty amazing way to travel around the city.

We were all over Manhattan yesterday and could never have covered all the territory without access to the subway. From our hotel we rode down to SoHo for breakfast then took the subway to the 9/11 memorial site. You can’t see everything yet; it’s still a work in progress, but it’s coming along. And it’s a touching tribute.

Then we were back on the subway headed to Central Park (location of my favorite morning run). Later on we were back downtown to the East Village (where Abby Beal lives) for great Middle Eastern food and a visit to a piano bar (Maria’s Crisis Cafe) that plays sing-along broadway show tunes (the idea was fun but the crowd wasn’t quite what we were expecting, a rainbow pride part of the village- oh, well). We also got to see the movie, The Help and since we’d all read the book is was fun to compare notes (kind of an improv book group!).

So, thanks to the subway we can traipse around the city starting in midtown and going downtown, uptown and all over again, multiple times in a day. Taxis work too but it’s the rare taxi driver who can/will fit 5 women in their cab so usually it’s easier to hop on the subway.

Today is our last day in New York so it’s sure to be another busy day in the big city!