In the last week of September, I had a meetup in New York City. Even though I was there only for about 70 hours, most of which I was hanging out with my colleagues, I wanted to explore this iconic city to the fullest.
Given that my time zone is six hours ahead, I decided to set an early alarm and venture into Manhattan and surroundings before our meetings started.
No sleep? To Brooklyn (Day 1)
On the first evening, we went out for a NY style pizza pie and some beers at Adrienne’s Pizzabar. On my first morning, I went for an early 9k run across both the Brooklyn and the Manhattan Bridge. I also ran via Chinatown, Little Italy, and the World Trade Center area. After a day of meetings in NoHo, and before our dinner near Battery Park, my colleague Beau took me to the PDT speakeasy for some great cocktails.
A Flemish Man in New York (Day 2)
On the morning of day 2, I took the (free) Staten Island Ferry before dawn. This allowed me to take it back while the sun was rising and see the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, and of course Manhattan in the most beautiful setting. I followed this by a stroll around Wall Street before heading to Russ & Daughters for a cream cheese and lox bagel. After yet another day of meetings and a lovely dinner at Rosie’s, I took the subway to Times Square. On the way there, I walked past the Empire State Building.
Central Perk (Day 3)
I started day 3 at Central Park. I spent about an hour and half there, but really wished I had more time. Everyone talks about Central Park, and it’s easy to understand why. I had my last breakfast, a tasty breakfast burrito, at Two Hands.