West Side Walk

Finally! Finally, we have more than one nice day here in Manhattan. Miraculously, these days are all falling consecutively on the weekend! Ever since October, sunny/warm days have been very sporadic. I think my mind, body, and soul has a hard time adjusting to this New York weather.

Up until now, the coldest place I’ve ever lived was Nashville, (which I personally think has the best of all four seasons). We had a really mild winter here, or at least that’s what everyone keeps telling me. Apparently, I got off easy for my first winter in NY. However ‘easy’ it has been, it has not gone away! I was wearing scarves, hats, and a coat last week. It’s just not right.

So, when Mr. Golden Sunshine decided to make an appearance this weekend, it was impossible to stay in and actually finish that dang ol’ seating chart I keep putting off. Plus, Fiance and Belle were both excitedly waiting for me to get home from work so they could go for a walk. They may not have to work, but I guess they are starting feel a little stir crazy after 6 months of winter.

Fiance had made big plans to take one of our walking tours.

A week after moving here, I found a book called 24 Great Walks in New York. I bought it immediately knowing that this would be a fun and inexpensive way to get to know our new home. We started using the book right away (which turned out to be a perfect combination of popular destinations and lesser-known interesting spots). We were getting a taste of cultural neighborhoods, historical homes, and famous hotspots all while learning how to get around Manhattan. We did about 5 of these walks before Fiance took a 3 month job in Nashville. Walks over. By the time he got back, the weather was cold, and I was already too comfortable with my life here to be excited about taking a walking tour.

Fast forward to sunny today, and we are both more than happy to talk a nice long walk.. Yup, sunshine aaannnddd double fisting coffee definitely makes you want to keep moving. Did I mention it’s half price frappacino week at Starbuck’s from 3-5pm?

We took our little dog with us and started our walk at Central Park.

We exited the park on the West Side and started our walk at Columbus Circle. From here, we walked north to the Lincoln Center. The Lincoln Center is America’s premier theatrical complex and is home to the New York City Ballet, City Opera, Philharmonic Symphony, and the American Ballet Theatre. It is so big and so beautiful. We took a break at the fountain in the middle of the complex and people watched for a little while.

We took a little stroll even further into the Lincoln Center and discovered that it also houses a couple more theaters were Broadway and off-broadway shows are held. There is a really nice infinity pool, sculpture, and, and a really odd elevated park area all meshed together in this small outdoor area. Behind the above ground park we could see the famous school of the arts, Juilliard, and some of their students playing and rehearsing in the grass.

The next stop on our tour was ABC studios, which happens to be located in a really old castle. True Story.

After walking around the long block of ABC studio’s building, we strolled over to Hotel des Artists which was the former home of several famous artists (Norman Rockwell, Charlie Chaplin, and Howard Chandler Christy …just to name a few). We read a few interesting facts about the artwork found inside the hotel’s cafe before continuing on down Columbus Avenue.

The Pythian Apartments were next, its history must have been boring  because all I remember is that it has lots of Egyptian symbols (lions and pharaohs) adorning the front of the building, and that the song “Rock Around the Clock” was written here.

There were a few more statues, parks, and historical buildings for the next half hour, until we ended our walk at The Ansonia. This apartment building opened in 1904, and offered the best amenities the West Side had to offer… telephone service, artificial refrigieration, maid service 3 times a day, and of course…live seals in the lobby fountain.

Three hours and three miles later, we were done, and Belle couldn’t walk one inch further. We took the bus home, made (re-heated) soup, and here we are. I hope everyone has a great sunny weekend and takes the time to enjoy it!

Cheers!

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