Hey all, just wanted to check in with some updates. Sorry I haven't posted before now. I still have to post the final itinerary but I was thinking of starting with a soul food breakfast at Sylvia's
in Harlem at 9:30am followed by a short walk through Harlem over to the "Crack Is Wack" park to take a look at the classic Keith Haring mural and along the East River to Patsy's
for some slices. Patsy's opens at 11:00am. From there we could walk to the subway to catch the 6 train down to the Upper East Side or walk the 30 blocks (1.5 miles) to Papaya King
for hot dogs and then to the Lexington Candy Shop
for egg creams, malteds and such. We could walk through Central Park (one of my most favorite place to walk, run and just "be" in NYC! Lots of great people watching, sculptures and points of interest to see) to the Southeast corner and down to the Burger Joint
in the Le Parker Meridien Hotel on 56th Street for excellent burger & fries. For those that would rather take the subway, the 6 train goes from 86th Street (near Papaya King) to 59th Street and from there is about a 9 block walk to the Burger Joint. After that I figure we could walk through Times Square or just hop on the N or R train to 23rd Street to the Flatiron/Madison Square Park area to Eisenberg's
for egg/tuna salad sandwiches, lime rickeys, etc in a classic lunch counter atmosphere. That area has one of the most iconic and most photographed buildings in NYC, the Flatiron Building. From there, a jaunt over to S'MAC
for mac & cheese and a just a block away to Veneiro's
for Italian pastries at a place that's over 100 years old. A walk along St. Mark's Place to see the faints vestiges of what is left of the "gritty" East Village. If anyone still has room in their stomachs, we could go to Katz's
for corned beef/pastrami sandwiches, Vanessa's
for dumplings and Sugar Sweet Sunshine
for some excellent homemade pies, banana pudding and such.
Ok, so I guess that is the basic itinerary. A few things to note:
No one has to come to all of these places.
People are free to drop in/out as needed.
My suggestion would be to share with others whenever possible so as not to fill up too early. I speak from experience as I have made that mistake before!
I can PM anyone my cell number who may need it and can text our location as we move along.
The only costs on this tour are for the food you buy and any subway passes you may need.
Feel free to drive into the city and park at a garage or lot, or drive to each stop (though I would NOT recommend that as you most likely spend more time finding parking spots that enjoying the tour).
Check the forecast before you head out, dress weather appropriate, wear comfortable shoes and bring water to drink.
Subway passes - the MTA used to sell an all-day one-price fun pass but alas that is no more. They sell declining balance cards where you can put any amount of cash in whole dollar amounts on a card starting at $10. They have machines at all stations and if anyone needs help figuring it out just let me know.
As far as walking vs. the subway is concerned, I love to walk and run but I realize that not everyone else does and that walking to each stop on the tour can be daunting to say the least. I think walking between stops near one another, maybe a bit of walking to digest and then taking the subway to the next neighborhood would be a good idea.
I hope this answers all questions but If anyone has a question please let me know and if I have forgotten anything please post. Thanks and see you all very soon!!!
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