Once or twice a year, I take the train to New York City and wander around for a day. Make that trains plural, since I’m too cheap to take Amtrak and instead make the perilous Trenton SEPTA/NJ Transit connection (though I’m not so cheap that I’ve tried the scary Chinese busses, which careen down New Jersey highways at breakneck speeds).
Last night at dinner, Sassy J and Em the artist/cognitive therapist reminded me that Christo and Jeanne-Claude will unveil The Gates in Central Park this weekend. The project is all the rage on the Internet today, even getting a mention from Scott, Philly’s most influential blogger (*cough*). Obviously, this weekend is the perfect time for the next field trip.
What else is good to do on a mid-winter Saturday in New York? No art museums, since the gang is going to MOMA later this month, and no night-life activities because I’ll be heading back to Philly. Here is the usual itinerary; time to change it up a bit, methinks:
- De-train at Penn Station.
- Run across the street to use Macy’s restrooms, which are much better than the ones at Penn Station.
- Visit a museum for culture and learning.
- Eat lunch, either at the Grand Central Station food court or at Zen Palate.
- Wander around the Saturday Union Square market, if it’s still open.
- Go to The Strand, emerge three hours later with a stack of books that will take three years to get through.
- People watch in Washington Square.
- Ride back to Philly.