New York – Day 4

New York – Day 4

New York #37Even though this was our last day in the Big Apple before flying home, our flight wasn’t until late evening, so we had almost a full day to do some final exploring.  We started the day by grabbing breakfast in the Park Cafe beneath the hotel.  It was okay and set us up for the day, but don’t rush there on our recommendation.  The first port of call was Central Park, with the challenge to ride bicycles around the entire perimeter.  We toyed with two options; one of the street vendors advertising bike hire or returning to our trusty Citi Bikes option.  We plumped for the latter as it offered us the additional option of picking up another pair of bikes to get down to the Hudson River for our second stop of the day.

Heading into the park on our bikes, we had no idea of the route, the distance or what to expect. Well, the route is anticlockwise and one-way, with lanes marked out for joggers, cyclists and walkers. On a Sunday morning in New York it resembled the M1 southbound around Nottingham on a Monday morning!

For any able bodied person this is a ‘must do’ when in New York. It is just brilliant, sightseeing at pace. You need to be confident on two wheels and have your wits about you, but it’s the best way to experience everything about Central Park. However, beware, it’s tougher than you expect. I thought it’d be a flat circuit but no, it’s undulating and when on a bike with only 3 gears it’s a grind in parts.  The heart was beating that’s for sure.

Having docked the bikes, we headed to Starbucks for some free WiFi and then onto the next bike station.  We picked up two more trusty steads and freewheeled downhill to the Hudson River and the Intrepid Air and Space Museum. Launched in 1943, the former aircraft carrier USS Intrepid fought in World War II, surviving five kamikaze attacks and one torpedo strike. The ship later served in the Cold War and the Vietnam War. Intrepid also served as a NASA recovery vessel in the 1960’s. It was decommissioned in 1974 and today is berthed on the Hudson River as the centerpiece of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. It was a great decision to visit this place and it’s well worth the entrance fee, especially to see a Concorde up close and personal.

After the museum, we walked back towards our hotel to pick up our bags. However, we decided to stop off for a beer as we had plenty of time. The bar of choice was Añejo in Hell’s Kitchen. Amanda ordered a beer, but I had to plump for a Michelada Roja (Negra Modelo Pacifico, house hot sauce, lemon, spicy salt) given I’d really enjoyed this cocktail in Mexico. Some people in Mexico believe Micheladas are a good remedy for hangovers. I wasn’t hungover for a change and would strongly recommend these if you love spicy Bloody Mary’s…give one a try.

Once the bags had been collected, we headed back to JFK via the subway and airtrain. Our final food and drink experience on this trip was at Buffalo Wild Wings, with a few Negra Modelo’s and a basket of chicken tenders. This was a fantastic trip to New York, with us nailing a number of things we’d wanted to do on previous visits. It’s a great city, with so much to do and see. You can never get bored of the Big Apple…ever!