Good morning! Hope you slept well. Some streets in the neighborhoods I mentioned to walk up and down: In Nolita: Elizabeth, Mott, and Mulberry between Broome and East Houston.
In Soho: Mercer, Greene, and Wooster between West Houston and Broome.
When you walk over to the West Village from Soho, walk along Bleecker.
In the West Village, check out the whole area between 10th street and 14th street south and north, and between Washington street and 7th ave east and west.
Then there is the Highline, which starts on the corner of Ganesvoort and Washington and runs all the way north to 30th street.
These are the instructions my cousin left me on my second day in New York.
And because Google is super creepy and I have an Android phone, I can actually show the exact route I took that day:
I decided that I really needed a good bagel so my cousin suggested I start at Katz’s Delicatessen. Katz’s, as it turns out, is a little overwhelming.
When I first walked in, someone handed me a ticket and told me to go straight to the counter. The counter is huge and takes up on entire side of the restaurant. Men in butchers outfits run up and down on the other side of the glass, grabbing orders and making sandwiches as fast as they possibly can. I didn’t want to be the person who gets in the way, so when I didn’t see bagels I decided that a reuben with matzo ball soup sounded just lovely. The guy I ordered from gave me a sample of pastrami while I waited. It was amazing (but also I don’t eat meat all that often so it pretty much always tastes amazing). Really, everything was amazing. And enormous.
I ate as much as I could, stuffed the rest in my bag, then carried on my way.
Nolita is probably one of my favorite areas in Manhattan. I don’t have a real reason for that, it’s just a place I could actually see myself living. Or…maybe it’s what I picture when I picture New York, I’m not sure. It’s very artsy and there are a lot of small, individually owned shops selling quirky things that you wouldn’t necessarily find anywhere else.
I wandered into the Broadway market co (and I just learned what that was called from my creepy Google map!), which I think is a collaboration effort where artists can sell their wares all in one place. I bought most of my gifts for friends here, including a last minute birthday gift for my friend whose party had brought me to New York in the first place.
The rest of the day saw me wandering in and out of shops, up and down random neighborhood streets.
By the time I made it to the High Line it was later than I’d realized. I wanted to walk on a little bit of it thought, because it’s an incredibly, uniquely New York thing. It’s an elevated park that was converted from a disused rail line. It has amazing views of the city and tons of cool buildings, as well as plants and art and pretty awesome people watching.
I didn’t stay on the High Line for long. I had it in the back of my mind that I might be able to get into a last minute Broadway show if I just got to Time Square at the right time.
After a brief mishap (I ended up on a subway going the wrong direction…haaa), I bumbled my way into Time Square.
TCKTS under the red bleachers has last minute discount tickets to shows on (and off) Broadway. I’ve seen Phantom of the Opera several times before, including once in London, but never in the place of its birth, so knowing which show to choose wasn’t hard for me (don’t get me wrong, if there’s any way I could’ve gotten a ticket to Hamilton, I 100% would’ve done that instead). Because I was by myself I got an amazing seat about ten rows back from the stage for at least half the price of what I’d seen online. It was amazing, I’m seriously contemplating always going to shows by myself from now on, just for the sake of the killer seats.
The play was wonderful. I’m disappointed in myself for not making it a higher priority to go to, but I’m so thankful I convinced myself to try. It was absolutely perfect. I’d recommend it to everyone (although that was always the case, I love Phantom).
Pleasantly exhausted after the play, I met up with my cousin and his husband for drinks. They had just seen Glenn Close in the Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard and completely loved it.
I think this was my favorite day in New York. I’m not sure if I actually “accomplished” much; I kind of just wandered around. But that’s one of my favorite things about visiting new places.