Day 2 > Brooklyn & Knicks Game

Trip Start Nov 12, 2008
Trip End Nov 17, 2008

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Get up!

D & G woke up and headed out to not miss out on the day. We went down to Chelsea to Adorama camera store to get a temporary case for our new Panasonic DMC LX3, the camera being used to take these photos on our trip. We walked up 6th Avenue enjoying the dry and some what warm weather. We stopped for lunch at New York's Burger Company on 6th & 21st [678 6th Avenue,] which was nonstop busy with waves of people in and out. Ariel and Phil met up with us and decided to head out to Brooklyn.

We explored Brooklyn's Fulton Landing, the area under the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. The surrounding streets of old cobblestone with patches of cement, lined with a mix of unknown warehouses and unique stores. We hopped on the subway to explore Brooklyn's 7th Ave & 9th Street and got lured into a huge sale at Brooklyn Industries. Gare bought a nice messenger bag - to carry his coat! I'm sure he'll find another use for it. We walked through the side neighborhoods and admired the row of brownstone homes that were still decorated with Halloween pumpkins and witches.
We wanted to check out Di Faro's Pizza [1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn], which was featured on the Food Network for the best pizza ever but it was getting late we had to head back to Manhattan. We went to Madison Square Garden to check out a NY Knicks game versus Oklahoma City Thunder. We sat in the third section up and enjoyed the winning game of the Knicks 116 to 106 in MSG! We exited the building along with the rest of the crowd and to our surprise, we got outside within 5 minutes! It shows that people of New York "keep it movin"! They don't mess around. We noticed how quickly and smoothly we exited the building. Now if that was elsewhere, in California, exit time would've easily been 15-20 minutes! No joke!

Post-game late night eats: John's Pizzeria in the Greenwich Village, large pizza #50 [278 Bleecker Street] Not bad, thin crust topped with a variety of typical toppings and oddly slices of meatballs. Personally all pizza is pretty much the same for me, but nothing compares to Chicago's deep dish. Everyone sits in booths lined with wood paneling that has people's carvings, which to our surprise our server encouraged us to do as well! So if you ever go there look in the front booth of the other room and look for "Bay Area" oh yeah!
The evening was beautifully not so cold. The Village was filled with people getting their weekend started. We walked off the pizza and roamed thru the streets. We eventually stopped at 99 Below, a bar below street level with a DJ music [99 Macdougal Street,]. It was a cool spot for no cover charge. Quite small and cozy, not packed to the edges. By 1am we decided to head back to rest up for the next day. The rain decided to pour down as we headed back to the apt which continued through the night.
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