Is it just me, or have all my posts seemed to revolve around my to-do list? My life has been pretty preoccupied lately trying to fit in everything I can from my #FiveBoroughBucketList, but it's only because summer is going to be over before I know it. Don't get me wrong, I love fall temperatures, and I have a bunch of upcoming trips, but I live for summertime. Before the temperatures drop and I hide under 35 hoodies, I want to do as many things as I possibly can outdoors.
This post is a little old, but things in New York City don't really have a deadline, so I figured I would post about it all anyway. I started off the weekend with another lottery win, this time to see Phantom for the third time! I have really good luck with the Phantom lottery, which helps since it's my favorite musical. Before the show, I killed some time in Bryant Park.
I had never been to Bryant Park before! There was a carousel, food vendors, and a concert going on. I'll have to check out one of the upcoming events one of these days!
Phantom was, as always, amazing. My seats were front row, so I ended up just drooling over the costumes and set details for the entire show.
Sunday I really wanted to go to the beach, but the clouds came rolling in. Instead, I decided to just take the subway into the city and see where I ended up. I got off at 14th Street and wandered around.
I ended up finding The Strand bookstore! You can read more about that place in my Bucket List post.
When my friends Cody and Tracy came to town, we did some exploring in the Villages and Central Park. I wanted to focus more on the Lower East Side this time around, so I just kept walking.
I love the street art all over the city.
I also made a new cat friend. I don't think Cookie would have approved of it as another roommate though...
Before I got to Chinatown, I stumbled on Soft Swerve, another ice cream spot on my list. There was no line, so I popped in to see what all the fuss was about.
Almond cookie ice cream in a chocolate cone! More on this place in a later Bucket List post.
My original plan was to find Alphabet City, so that I could take some pictures of where RENT was set to show Cody, since we're both fans of the musical/movie. Somehow, I ended up next to the Williamsburg Bridge.
I couldn't not try to cross the bridge.
The Williamsburg Bridge opened back in 1903. It's probably the city's most "urban" bridge, since so much of it is covered in graffiti. It definitely felt like I was walking through a part of Old New York.
It wasn't beach weather, but there was still a group of people out walking the bridge. The Williamsburg Bridge is very popular with cyclists, walkers, and runners because it doesn't have the same insane crowds that the Brooklyn Bridge does. It's way easier to cross a bridge when you aren't shuffling between a million other people.
In between the sides of the bridge are a set of subway tracks. A few trains passed through while I was walking around and taking pictures.
The Williamsburg Bridge connects Manhattan with Brooklyn. After walking over, back to Manhattan I went...
Finally found Avenue A!
I know many people hate the sight of graffiti, but I think it's really cool looking.
A rare $.99 pizza joint. I was still full from ice cream, so I didn't stop in.
More street art!
Metal flowers outside of a restaurant on Avenue A.
I got plenty of pictures to send to Cody. I think it's really amazing how there are so many different sections in Manhattan. When you think about how small the island is (22.8 square miles), it's crazy how there is so much culture to find. You could spend days walking around neighborhoods and not see everything there is to see. This is one reason why I try to walk to as many places as I can, rather than just take the subway or bus.
Tompkins Square Park was having a reunion of sorts, so I walked over.
The Ramones get a lot of love in Manhattan and Queens (and rightfully so), but I was happy to see a piece for Joe Strummer. Music is such a big part of the history of New York, especially down in the Lower East Side.
I had never been to Tompkins Square Park before either! A few months back, I listened to a podcast on the history of gentrification in New York City, and they included a part on the riot. I think Tompkins Square Park is what I originally pictured Washington Square Park to be - people of all cultures are here, and there were many different protest signs up everywhere. It seemed like a really cool spot to hang out and people watch.
Unfortunately, the reunion wasn't totally set up when I was there, so I decided to walk the mile or so back to the F train to make my way back home.
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