A Perfect Fall Day in NY
20 September 2008 | NY, NY
70, sunny, perrfect
After coffee and lollygagging about, we dingied to the marina and walked up 79th to Broadway to Zabar's. We both got the Ruben Panini this time (they forgot the sauerkraut this time). They have the leanest, tender corn beef. Then we walked up Broadway to 97th Street to the Walgreen's where we were able to get the scripts from last time refilled. At first they gave me a hassle saying there weren't any refills, but they then discovered I only got a partial so we both now have 30 day scripts left. I must be missing something that people under the retirement system do when they travel because I've never heard of anyone having so much difficulty getting scripts filled when they travel in retirement!
We spent the rest of the afternoon walking/shopping up and down Broadway and people watching. Allie & Nate, if you're reading this - you'd both like NY and Broadway! Bought Vegi's and fruit (hey got some lichee nuts!!!) from the street stalls, then went back to Zabar's to explore their deli-stores. Wow! They've got so many different cheeses, breads, ready-made meals, etc... there - It was amazing! I picked up some bakery fresh sour dough bread, bypassed all the pastries, tarts, etc. and opted for another bread (a Bon Pain Baguette), picked up some of their salmon chowder (I'd tried this yesterday - very yummy); tasted some of their samples of spreads, etc... just an amazing deli. It was a very nice walk. We both decided that "we like New York" which kind of surprised us both. It's an artificial environment that's a super melting pot that in every essence seems to work. Yes there were still bums in doorways, homeless panhandlers, and gang symbols scrawled across most everything and in the subway etched on the windows, but everyone that we met and asked for directions or assistance went out of their way to be nice. This trip we didn't really run into the nasty disposition people that have been run into before - they're still there though - listen to all the car horns and swearing at each other - but the people we met this trip were warm and friendly (in the subway and in the park). So, for it's vitality, ease of travel, shopping, outdoor activities, museums, etc... it got a 2 thumbs up from us.
Back to the boat now and we've hoisted the dingy up, went over our charts and set in the waypoints for our trip outside on the Atlantic to Cape May (the day after tomorrow, weather permitting). Tomorrow we'll head down to a Bay inside Sandy Hook to position for our outside trip.