Second half of new york

Trip Start Nov 01, 2007
Trip End Mar 01, 2008

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The second half of my time in New York was a whilwind, complete with friends, fireworks, champagne, and late night subway treks. Friday, I again elected to spend the day wandering, and charted out a mid-town course, from the NY Public Library to Rockefeller Center to the UN and back. Wandering up 6th Ave, I stumbled upon some delicious pizza and sat upstairs between some NYPD officers and construction workers, trying to look like I wasn't evesdropping. Traveling with the Economist helps on that front because I always have something that I can put on the table in front of me and look like I'm deep in reading/thought.

I continued my course and made it up to the library, which was magnificent. Quite a contrast to the public library in Gilroy, although I've gotta say they do pretty well too (and they have free internet, which the NY version lacks). I went from room to room and, apart from the grandeur of it all, nothing was that noteworthy. I enjoyed an exhibit on book restoration, but aside from that I will spare you all the details. Suffice to say that it is big and there are a lot of reading rooms, but very few (visible) bookshelves.

Next stop, Rockefeller Center. The usual chaos of a tourist destination was even more crazy because of the large, very real cranberry bog that Oceanspray had set up in the middle of the square. Seriously, this thing was as big as the pool at my gym, and was complete with cranberries floating around and these guys from Wisconsin walking around in waders raking around the cranberries. The upside of all of this was that they were handing out free cranberry juice and crasins. Score...I packed 3 bottles of juice into my bag and pocketed several bags of crasins and was set for lunch for the day.

Final stop of the day was the UN. I enjoyed the human trafficking exhibit because of how horrifying it was. I skipped the tour because it took an hour and cost $8.50 even for students. I wandered back, and once Alex got home, we sat on the deck, had a beer, and watched the sunset glint off the Empire State Building. We also spent a good amount of time observing the traffic in the intersection below, trying to make sense of the honking patterns of different NY drivers. The evening ended with a delicious dinner with Rushabh, Elizabeth, and Alex. I then migrated to Rushabh's apartment, where I stayed through the weekend.

The weekend days were the real whirlwind. Went from Battery Park uptown to the Met (and randomly a street show that was moderately entertaining), back to Battery Park, and then back uptown for dinner/drinks/wandering with the Oxford Crew! So much fun...Sam and Rachel happened to be in town, so we roped in Ilena, met at Carl's apartment, and then went out. Lots of Oxford stories were shared and a decent amount of Coors Light was consumed. Then Vivian called, so we went down to meet her at this loud, frat-like club, staying for a few minutes before I headed home. Just another FYI...the subway really doesn't run that frequently on the late weekend hours, and it took me about an hour to get back (although with the time change, I got home right when I left the club!).

Sunday, I woke up for breakfast with Sam, Rachel, and Ilena, with an unfortunately brief appearance by Vivian before heading to Central Park for brunch/champagne/marathon watching with Alex, Rushabh, Elizabeth, and others. The view was incredible and the food delicious (despite the best efforts of a malfunctioning stove), although I did feel a bit guilty eating and drinking while some poor bastards were slugging through mile 25 below us. I battled the marathon crowd on the subway and headed downtown to hang out with Mojan for a bit. The weekend culminated with dinner with Xiao and Lisa in Korea town, which was low-key and tons of fun, especially after the insane weekend.
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