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Wanderlusting In New York City

The new tower at Ground Zero.

After a most entertaining few days in New York, I’m home.

Boo.

Let me repeat that.

Boo.

Our last day included more walking, eating, and drinking of the tastiest hot chocolate ever created by human hands. And that, dear friends, is the hot chocolate that comes from Choco Bolo, an awesome little chocolaterie that is nestled at 2058 Broadway near 71st street. It has now become another on a growing list of places that I will visit when I return.

For those that haven’t been paying attention, that list is growing. It includes, but is not limited to, and presented in no particular order, the following eateries, hotels, cafes, pubs, attractions, bars, restaurants, shops, monuments, buildings, districts, galleries, and museums:

 

  • On the Avenue
  • Good Enough to Eat
  • the Amsterdam Inn pub
  • the Dead Poet
  • Maloney & Porcelli
  • Ayza
  • Ed’s Chowder House
  • Lincoln Centre
  • Columbus Circle
  • Central Park
  • Macy’s
  • Michael Cluizel chocolate
  • Godiva chocolate
  • Lindt chocolate
  • Habana Cafe
  • Habana Outpost
  • Coney Island Brewery
  • Brooklyn Brewery
  • Coney Island Circus Sideshow
  • MoMA
  • the Guggenheim museum
  • the Museum of Natural History
  • Crumbs cafe
  • Magnolia cafe
  • NBC studio
  • Rockafeller Centre
  • ground zero
  • Battery Park
  • Times Square
  • the theatre district
  • Soho
  • Barrymore theatre
  • Choco Bolo
  • the Staten Island ferry
  • City Bakery

And because I’m extra nerdy, I’ve plotted the bulk of these on the following Google map. Feel free to print it off and use it on your next trip to the city. And let me know if you find any awesome little spots that I should check out on my next visit. Because honestly, the question isn’t if I’m going back, it’s when. And in case you were wondering, it looks like I’ll be going back sometime next summer. W00t!



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The Morning After The Night Before

Lincoln Centre fountain and Christmas tree

Today is my last day in New York City. And unless something crazy happens between now and the new year, it’s my last day in NYC this year. Excuse me, I have something in my eye. *sniff*

Yesterday was another walk-our-butts-off kind of day. I think, however, that our wandering was a little slower than the previous two days. The weather was grey, but the temperature was generally nice. Not too hot, not too cold.

We began our day at Good Enough To Eat. I really felt that Aidan needed to try this place because the food has always been fantastic, the atmosphere friendly, and best of all it’s a short walk from the hotel. Given that I was feeling a little morning-after-the-night-before, a shorter walk seemed far superior to a longer walk. We also figured a mimosa might be in order given the ole hair-of-the-dog theory. While it wasn’t the cure-all that I’d hoped, it was pretty good. By about 11:30, with the help of the mimosa, some hearty oatmeal, coffee, water, and bacon, I was feeling like a real human being again.

Mmmm, oatmeal at Good Enough To Eat.

Following breakfast we took the subway down to the Financial District. I hadn’t been down there in quite some time and I wanted to see how the new Freedom Tower (or whatever it’s going to be called) was coming along. At this point, they have slightly more than half of the 104 floors complete. And this thing is freaking epic. So far, the building looks beautiful. It is clearly going to tower above all the other buildings around it.

We also took some time to check out the Brooklyn bridge, Battery Park, the piers, and the Staten Island Ferry; all along admiring the architecture of the buildings. For those not in the know, the Staten Island Ferry is a cheap (read free) and very civilized way to view the Statue of Liberty up close and personal (mind you, not as up close and personal as actually visiting the statue) without the hassle of paying and dealing with a lot of tourist crowds. Simply walk to the Staten Island Ferry terminal and board. It’s as simple as that. And did I mention that it’s free? The ferry also provides some excellent views of the lower Manhattan skyline. For those interested, you can also purchase beverages inside the boat to enjoy with the scenery. Given our morning-after-the-night-before morning, we opted to simply enjoy the scenery.

Of course, walking builds an appetite. We decided that our lunch/dinner should involve something hearty, wholesome, and comforting. It seemed to fit with the weather. So, we headed to Lincoln Square to sample the wares of Ed’s Chowder House. Verdict: best idea of the day. We ordered a bowl of mussels to start, and then both opted for stuffed clam chowder. Translation: regular clam chowder with loads of shrimp, scallops, lobster, and crab stuffed into it – so much so, that the chowder transforms from soup to stew. Aidan ordered the New England version (i.e., cream based), while I chose the Manhattan version (i.e., tomato based). The chowder was fantastic. We actually might be returning there today for lunch.

The rest of the eve consisted of more wandering and such. At some point in the later eve, I decided hot chocolate was the only thing that would soothe my weary soul. Thankfully, I found a chocolate spot near the hotel that I have to return to today. Seriously, this was the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had in my life. Rich, creamy, full of dark chocolate goodness. And all soy based. YUM! Sadly, I don’t remember the name of it so I’ll have to get back to you on that one.

Anyway, here’s to my last day in New York. *sniff*.

Damn, there’s something in my eye again.



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Vacation Starts Now

Okay, vacation starts in about 2 hours. But really, I’m so stoked about vacation that my brain has pretty much checked out. Two little hours. One hundred and twenty minutes. Seven thousand two hundred seconds. I can do this.

For those of you that may have forgotten, my younger brother and I are heading to New York City on Sunday. This will be Aidan’s first visit, and my eleventy-billionth. I really can’t get enough of that city. Not much is planned apart from visits to any or all of the following:

But nothing is set in stone as this trip is really free-form. And I love travelling like this, especially since Aidan and I have a way of finding things that are awesome. Or perhaps trouble/adventure has a way of finding us. Either way, adventure is out there and we’re going to take part in it.

The extra awesome part about this trip is that Arlene will be meeting me in New York for a day. I haven’t seen her in far too long and it will be awesome to catch up. Arlene is one of the most amazing people in the history of ever. She’s someone who you can’t help but love. Seriously – I challenge anyone not to lover her. You can’t. It’s impossible.

Anyway, we met in first year – we had a chemistry lab together – but we didn’t really get to know each other until second year. Her mom (affectionately known as Toots) saw me helping people move in – I was an orientation volunteer – and told Arlene “He looks nice, you should make friends with him.” She still takes credit for our friendship. Anyway, after that Arlene has been one of the most important figures in my life, even if I don’t get to see her often. So naturally, I can’t wait to see her and give her a huge hug. Can’t. Freaking. Wait.

But as I said – two more hours – less than that even. W00t!


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Does This Spell The End Of My Wanderlusting?

A get well note for Bernie from his eldest daughter Makenzie.

After visiting the hospital today to see Becky and my brother, Aidan and I headed to Simcoe to visit my parents. We figured it would do all of us good to have a normal family dinner. And it did.

Over dinner we chatted about the obvious; that being my brother and the accident. We also chatted about Christmas and what that would entail. You see, Aidan and I had planned to fly to Europe for three weeks over Christmas and New Years. However, given the current situation with my brother, it seems like a far better idea to stick around and spend time with the family.

But don’t worry folks; this isn’t the end of my wanderlusting ways. Far from it. During our drives back and forth from the hospital, Aidan and I have been chatting about what our plans could be. Clearly we both know that being home for Christmas is the only option. But we also know that travel is still in our very near future. In fact, after our conversation today I think we’ve figured out where were going to go and when we are going to go there. So, without further ado let me present to you the

New & Improved

Dan & Aidan Fun Time Christmas Travel Adventure

2011

Destination: New York City!

Say what? New York City? Again? Weren’t you just in the Big Apple?

Why yes, yes I was, thank you for noticing. But really, this is a no-brainer. Flights are inexpensive. Hotels are inexpensive (for NYC). The time of year is right. I love the city. And even more: Aidan has never been there. This is clearly something that I should have rectified long ago. Regardless, the plan is to hit the Big Apple one more time this year. On our list of things to do:

I’m sure there will be other items added to the list, but this is a good start for now. And as always, I shall keep you posted on my wanderlusting and my adventuring.