… so good they named it twice.
I was lucky enough to go to New York last week with work (BoothChat was supporting an event out there) and I have to admit that I surprised myself by having a great time.
The work bit went very well, which of course is a bonus, but the real surprise was that the city bit was just as good.
I’m not really a big city person and although I lived in London for eight years I can’t say that I was disappointed to leave. So when I knew that we had an extra day in New York I won’t say I was dreading it, but I wasn’t expecting it to be as great as it was. But it was great!
The first thing we did was walk along the High Line – we were only staying a few blocks away at Yotel (an uber cool hotel – check it out here). If you’ve not heard of it the High Line is a new park in New York that has been established on an old goods train line. It’s about three storeys off the ground and the train line was originally used to move goods around without clogging up the roads. However it’s been abandoned for a few decades and about ten years ago the work to reclaim it and turn it into a park started.
A selection of images from the High Line
Firstly, it’s amazing that it exists, that an idea like this was had and a project like this came to fruition. But also it gives you a great perspective on the city and allows you to see things that you wouldn’t or couldn’t normally.
New York Hotdogs
Once we had walked to the end it was time for a hotdog from a street vendor. It had to be done!
Then we jumped on a subway and headed to the financial district. We didn’t spend a lot of time there, but we did wander among the skyscrapers. We were actually headed for the Statten Island ferry. The ferry’s free and takes commuters and tourists on the c. 25 minute trip between Manhattan and Statten Island. For tourists the main reason to go is that it goes right past the Statue of Liberty and then provides an amazing view of downtown Manhattan. So we got on, got off at the other end and came straight back again – a great way to see the statue and also to people watch.
That was the day, and it doesn’t sound like much written down, but I loved it. And I also loved New York and am now very keen to return.
I can see why they named it twice!
After saying that I thought achieving my 1,000kms for the year target was looking unlikely I decided to go for it and see if I could actually achieve it.
At the time of writing that last post it looked like a ridiculous target to aim for. Of course it was possible, but as I previous said – unlikely. It looked a little like, oh I don’t know, someone telling me in early July that I’d be able to swim Windermere in September. You know, the kind of ambition that was way beyond … wait a minute. So that’s when I decided to have a real go at it.
So far I’ve done well. As of Sunday evening I had done over 65kms and was 13.88kms above the required “run-rate”. To put that into perspective, in no other month had I managed more than 100kms, yet in 11 days I am 2/3 of the way there.
But now here’s the problem – I’m currently at the start of a week in London with work and that means no gym and as my leg is injured, no running either. So this week I won’t add to my goal and by the time I wake up (at home) on Saturday morning I’ll be 14.44kms behind the required run-rate instead.
I did consider bringing my kit to London, but apart from the extra hassle of packing it and carrying it around, I couldn’t see when (yet alone where) I would go. I don’t know any gyms around here, I’m not staying in a hotel that has one and as I said, I can’t run at the moment. On top of that, I expect that I’ll actually be out every night I’m here – I’m not complaining about this bit, just stating it.
To top it off, I’ve got a week away in New York with work at the end of the month. I am taking my kit with me there and I hope they have a gym in the hotel, if not this 1,000kms goal will be a bit more than unlikely I’m afraid.
I’m off to New York soon – I know glamorous isn’t it?. Although it’s not that actually that glamorous as it’s a work trip. Not that I’m complaining, but it does mean that we won’t have that much time for sight-seeing. If we’re lucky we might have about 24 hours – we’ll finish work in the evening and then we fly out the following evening.
So what should we do?
Don’t forget that the 24 hours isn’t really 24 hours of sight-seeing as I’m getting older and I’ll need my beauty sleep. But we do have an evening (for dinner and a few drinks) and then the following day, during which we need to wring New York city dry.
If you’ve been and have got recommendations, then please let me know.