Summer has finally arrived in the City, this week the warm weather arrived. With the rain replaced by bright blue skies, and the lure of warm afternoons we have spent the last couple of days walking the streets of New York.
We thought we would invite you to spend the day with us…
The morning started with a surprise guest appearance. We met Trevor Noah walking along our street. With a quick double take, my camera was slow to catch it, but at least we got the silhouette.
A few blocks down the street is the fruit stand. These are always appealing and are particularly inviting in the morning hours.
We started our journey down 8th Avenue toward 34th street. This is a really busy area, with shops and restaurants sharing the sidewalks. At 34th, Madison Square Garden sits on top of Penn Station. We made our way through the hordes of tourists to K-Mart to pick up some toothpaste and air freshener.
With our purchases tucked inside our backpack, we turn north along 7th Avenue, also called Fashion Avenue. This is in the garment district. The long racks are no longer pushed along the street as they are in the movies, but there is still a distinct presence here. You can see the fabric bolts and hanging garments in the windows of this building.
By now it is mid-afternoon and we are surrounded by tourists as we weave through Times Square. We usually avoid the crowds by crossing on the lower streets, but today we braved the crowded sidewalks. We were rewarded by getting a seat at an open wrestling match in the center of Times Square. We didn’t stick around long enough to catch the names of the grapplers.
Not far north of Times Square is Central Park. This is one of our favorite places to kill time, and we need a place to rest.
We encounter a street musician, performing for tips…
a ballerina who danced around Columbus Circle…
and stunts performed on bicycles.
At the end of the day we return home down 10th Avenue, followed by the horses and carriages that work all day in Central Park. They have a stable on 52nd street in a building that looks like an old fire station.
The sun is setting over the Hudson as we pass 57th and 10th avenue.
At the end of the day the Avalon stands tall, welcoming us home after a very long walk. Our feet are tired.