Walking in New York City
I decided I would go to N.Y.C again as I had been inspired by an Australian women I met on a walking weekend in Keswick. She had told me how you could now walk miles along the Hudson River, as the area has been redeveloped. She recommended The Jane Hotel which has quite a history. In 1912, the survivors of the Titanic stayed at the hotel until the end of the American Inquiry into the ship’s sinking.
I tend to write about the here & now, but click on the link below to read more about the history of The Jane.
Situated right on the embankment of the Hudson river. It is near where the old meatpacking district used to be and borders on the Chelsea area. Now a trendy area full of bars and shops. If I had to compare it with an area in London, it would be Belgravia around the back of Victoria. Neat little town houses (at a Grand Price) and very good restaurants & cafe’s. The Mole restaurant was my favourite, a Mexican place with fantastic food & drinks.
BACK in 1986 As I have mentioned in previous blogs I travelled alone to NYC on a budget. I was 25 with 700 dollars and stayed for a month in a hostel in Harlem which the locals nicknamed the Whitehouse!
In 1986 it cost $3 a night.This gave me ample opportunity to explore the city from The Bronx to New Jersey I got around, and even spent a night in a children’s summer camp as a volunteer, at the time my ambitions were more rock & roll than saving the world, I decided against the job they were offering me as a secretary and towards the end of the month I tried to sell my ticket to go on a road trip to L.A but it wasn’t to be. End of trip.
Visiting in September 2017 On a 7 night stay I could have done with more comfort . The rooms were functional two bunk beds with draws underneath. So hot you had to have the air con on all night. A tiny window with black meshing on, so when you wake up you don’t know if it’s day or night! Cabin Fever indeed. Not somewhere to spend more time than necessary. Of course if I were richer, the Captain’s Cabin may have suited. See the website for further details.
We walked 70 miles over 7 days walking on average 10 miles a day. We walked from Harlem to 5th Avenue Central park one day, as I attempted to revisit the hostel in St Nicholas Avenue 345th street. Just curiosity. Like re- visiting your home town, nothing looks quite the same. Nothing is the same, nor ever will be!
I really enjoyed visiting and seeing it all again, but I did find it hard work at times. It’s a fierce city and was extremely hot every day and this was September. Underground was unbearable. I’m not mad about travelling underground at the best of times, but they don’t seem to have air conditioning in the stations. Madness,I say…
I’m more of an Autumn girl at heart and find the intense heat doesn’t agree with me.. On a pure vanity note, I wilt and my skin and hair cannot deal with it.. I’m not a summer flower that’s a fact.
We got to know the area of Williamsburg finding a little venue there called the Union Pool,that had a great DJ and a music venue tucked inside for live bands.http://www.union-pool.com/listing/
As well the area had a couple of small craft bars one of which we visited aptly name Beer Bar. Craft Beer is everywhere in NYC, slightly ahead of the UK where it is just taking off.
We visited the Russian Brighton Beach area twice as it was hot enough to swim sunbathe and enjoyed Tatiana’ a Russian Restaurant & at times a bit of a blast of Russian singing;Great food & service. Generally the food was great everywhere we went.
CATS FOR SALE
We came across these cats in Union Square 14th Street, it was sort of nearish to where we were staying so we were getting off from a trip to Coney Island, from there to 14th /Jane Street. They looked so well looked after and all the cages had little notes attached with stories written of where the cats were found, mainly in places like The Bronx, some with missing feet, or legs. So sad, but very encouraging to see The New Yorker’s getting organised and raising the cats.
We had noticed previously in the area we were staying we didn’t see any cats. Everybody had dogs, and every morning the residents walked the dogs round the blocks, often having 2-3 or more dogs. I can’t imagine the dogs really get enough exercise living in N.Y.C, apart from Central Park they don’t really have many proper parks, only tiny garden/squares. Not really a place for animals.
MASK from American Indian Art taken at The Met
The American Indian art at the MET NYC was something I wanted to see again. I had bought a book from there when I first visited years ago and there was a print /design I wanted to screen print onto a tee-shirt to sell. My original copy got damaged in a flood, My basement was 3 foot high in water and a lot of my personal belongings, such as photographs, books etc, were stored in a trunk & were too damaged to keep.
I was hoping to pick up another copy. Unfortunately it was not available at The MET shop but as I recognise this exact mask image shown above from my original book, which was in the MET shop, I have a hunch it’s out there somewhere.
Home and thinking about my next walks
My next walk is going to be next Saturday down the coast possibly Rye to Hastings. Down the coast at least. I have sort of dropped out of my walking group a bit but intend to pick up with them again in The Autumn.
PLEASE see my UP & COMING WALK PAGE for a selection of walks.
Until Next time, Keep on Keeping on. It’s all you can do.