Thursday, 18 February 2010

Wednesday 2nd December

 
Nathan and Nelson chow down on a rather large Katz's deli sandwich on East Houston Street. See there website here.
  
We loved that you got a ticket as you walked in the door and then your server took your order at the counter. If you wanted a pastrami sandwich he'd give you a tastier from a freshly carved meat and then once you'd made a decision he would pile the meat high on the bread of your choice. Nathan also got pickles and sides to accompany his sandwich. 
  
 Me with my enormous turkey sandwich. (and this was only half of it!) Nathan, Nelson and I got 2 sandwiches to share and it was more than enough!
  
I loved the feel of the dinner and it's customers were so varied. There were business men, tourists, policemen and we also saw a few guys dressed in military uniform. So mixed and all loving the food and atmosphere.
  
 This is where Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal filmed the diner scene in When Harry met Sally.
  
The outside of Katz's. I loved that a lot of the great places we went didn't look amazing outside but their food really stood out.
  
Nathan and I on the river cycle path. We spent all of Wednesday day on our bikes- cycling from Brooklyn, over the Brooklyn Bridge to East Houston Street and then along the river. We then cut all the way across Manhatten on 21st Street (if memory serves) past Gramercy Park and then up to 23rd Street.
  
 Nelson and Nathan messing around as I try and take a photo! hmmm...
  
At 23rd Street we stopped at the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. The milk shake we had was fantastic and the water was much needed after our cycle- especially after our meat feast at Katz's Deli.
  
 In Madison Sqaure Park looking up to the Empire State building. I loved this little park.
 
We cycled all the way across Manhatten to the West Side and then stopped to visit the High Line.

The High Line is located on Manhattan's West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. Section 1 of the High Line, which opened to the public on June 9, 2009, runs from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street. See their website here.
  
The High Line was originally constructed in the 1930s, to lift dangerous freight trains off Manhattan's streets. Section 1 of the High Line is open as a public park, owned by the City of New York and operated under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Friends of the High Line is the conservancy charged with raising private funds for the park and overseeing its maintenance and operations, pursuant to an agreement with the Parks Department.
  
When all sections are complete, the High Line will be a mile-and-a-half-long elevated park, running through the West Side neighborhoods of the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Clinton/Hell's Kitchen. It features an integrated landscape, designed by landscape architects James Corner Field Operations, with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, combining meandering concrete pathways with naturalistic plantings. Fixed and movable seating, lighting, and special features are also included in the park.

  
Access points from street level will be located every two to three blocks. Many of these access points will include elevators, and all will include stairs.
  
View the High Line Design.
  
I loved the concept of the High Line and adored the way they have laid it out.... a walk way with places to sit and relax. I thought the benches were beautiful and further along there were sun loungers made of the same material. Nathan and I shared a two person sun lounger as we relaxed for ten minutes.
  
This is an instulation along the High Line which depicts the colours of the Hudson river. Each pane of glass represents one of the colours the artist found to be in the river. In reality it is much greener but my camera shot it with more of a purple tinge to it... I thought it still looked beautiful.
  
We cycled past this Brooklyn brownstone that had been decorated for the Holidays. I loved that they had even decorated the tree in front of their house- genius.
 
Nelson and Nathan in front of our favourite little coffee house whilst we were there. Gorilla Coffee. We even brought some of the strong stuff back from our trip- it smells and tastes so good! See there website here.

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