Monday, December 08, 2008

Day 3: The City from Brooklyn

On a previous trip to New York, Gene had walked along the Brooklyn Promenade and wanted to go back to see the view of the city. It's a short subway ride to the Brooklyn side of the river, and then a few blocks walk down to the base of the Brooklyn bridge. The view from there is spectacular, with the whole brightly lit skyline and bridge laid out in front of you. After admiring the view for a while, we walked several blocks down along the water to the Brooklyn Promenade, which gave us a higher vantage point - and slightly different angle - to see the city. You can even see the Statue of Liberty off in the distance.
After we had seen our fill, we returned to Manhattan and decided to walk through the East Village. It's a busy area near NYU, with lots of restaurants - especially Indian ones, it seemed - and bars. We had a beer at the Thirsty Scholar, but were hoping to hear some music. The bouncer told us that there wasn't really any live music in the area, and that the place to go was Greenwich Village. We figured it wasn't too far to walk, which was true, sort of.

Let me make an aside to all you thinking of coming to Manhattan: wear walking shoes whenever possible. My shoes were comfortable, but definitely not meant for miles of walking. I didn't have blisters or any serious foot pain, but my feet were really tired by the time we got back to the hotel. After this night, I just wore my sneakers. But I digress.

So we ended up back in Greenwich Village, which was very lively. What is totally awesome is that just within a few blocks there are a couple of dozen choices of places to enjoy live music or comedy. From what we could hear from the street, some was better than others, but there was a fantastic choice. We ended up at a place called Kenny's Castaway, where a very young looking band was playing reggae music. We stayed and listened (no dancing on my tired feet!) until the end of their set, then headed back to the hotel.

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