Beach Cottage New York City Central Park
Tue 7th, Aug, 2012
Well Beach Cottage ladies, interesting, very very interesting…you see I thought that Grand Central Station was the best bit of my visit to New York City, that was until this morning and a lovely lovely time in Central Park.
And the wonders of technology mean that with a gazillion hours to kill at John F Kennedy Airport I am gonna give this New York City trip one more blog post….by the way thanks for all the comments on it – to be honest I wasn’t sure whether or not I would blog while I was away – in the early days of my blogging I got my knickers in a twist about this, especially if I didn’t post and started getting emails asking where I was or was I ok….
…nowadays I go totally with the flow, I take my laptop with me, perhaps schedule a few posts and all is tickety-boo…funny how that goes, because now I love the logging in and the blogging of the times I go away, if I am away on my own, it’s mainly to connect with the Beach Cottage Crew, but this trip Skype took care of that and yesterday I was speaking with Mr Beach Cottage while he sat by the beach…that’s quite a nice view for a video call, I love you Australia…
This is one fabulous park and I hadn’t appreciated quite how wonderful it is…I definitely came here before but I don’t remember it being anything like this, perhaps that is because the last time I came here it was Winter, Christmas and frrrrrreeezing.
Anyway, so I had scheduled Central Park for the last day of my trip to New York before I left for the airport mid-afternoon, I grabbed my camera, a coffee and went walking…thinking this would be the perfect way to get in some exercise, see some wonderful NYC life and get my body moving before the 20 or so hours sitting high up above the clouds, couped up like a sardine…
It was a beeeyoutiful day, not for the faint of heart where the heat was concerned though, not quite as humid as the day before but the sun was shining and Central Park was putting on a show of shows….yah
One thing I have learnt as a Sydneysider is to gallon down the water when it’s hot, if I take on board a good load of water early in the day, even if it is very hot, I can cope, so I got a couple of
So many things for me to enjoy here, but really I think anyone could go at least a walk around here and be entertained…as I walked around I loved everything, but I wished my family had been with me, my little one would lurve the street entertainment, indeed he probs would have set up a hat and entertained a few passsers-by himself, Mr TBC would have enjoyed skating this place, Miss Beach Cottage would have lapped up the sport and Mr BC, well there isn’t many places he doesn’t like…
I walked and walked through this park, it changes totally in different areas…the best bits for me though were when it came alive at lunchtime as New Yorkers began to play…and sigh did I nearly die and go to heave when I saw a real baseball game, like a real one in the park, with guys dressed in all the gear…cleats are they called? Love.
I started off at the Southern end of the park, as I guess, most visitors to the city do…when I arrived with a coffee and a bagel, there were not many people around, too early for the full-on tourist drag and not yet lunchtime for New Yorkers…
I loved it all…pretty amazing for such a huge park to be in the middle of this city….all that bustle and life and excitement going on down the road and this slap bang middle of it all and within ten minutes or so you can, if you wanted to, be surrounded by trees and flowers and wildlife.
I loved the flowers and wildlife, I was surprised though that the park was less ‘kept’ than many of the city parks I have been to before…it was less manicured certainly than any of the London parks I used to frequent and the Sydney city parks I love to wander around…
Hot dog? Totally…love me some street food of any kind…
The dappled colours in here were beautiful….
The horse drawn cabs were interesting, I didn’t take one but liked the feel they gave the place…touristy perhaps, but I was very much enjoying being a tourist here…
As soon as I started walking here I got the feeling of Disney and I do believe this park was what Walt himself modelled his parks on? Not sure if that is correct…but there was a definite feel of it, especially in the railings, bridges, bubblers, fountains and architecture…good job Walt but I am thinking the original is best
Street entertainers here too…lots of talent and lots of fun…
I didn’t get a $1 joke, perhaps I shoulda
I did buy some candy from a young boy about the same age as my youngest raising money for his basketball team…I have noticed how very polite and well-mannered most of the New Yorkers I have come across have been…so I was walking up the steps with my camera and he said
‘Good morning M’am, I hope you are having a wonderful day enjoying this lovely park..we are raising money for our basket ball team and our park’ and extended his arm to shake my hand.
He so had e at M’am.
‘Would you like to buy a candy?’
Goodness I had to think quickly as i had run down my money to just about enough for the cab fare and the airport….
The price one for $2 or a deal for $10.
I quickly found 2 bucks and handed it over.
‘Thanks M’am so much’ with big beaming smile and delving into the candy.
‘You have a wonderful day and enjoy the rest of your time in New York
As I walked away i smiled and was then approached by another boy, this one a bit older perhaps 14 or 15…he too extended his hand, oh no though I, I have been done, I was gonna be bamboozled with more…
‘Nice to meet you M’am and good day, thank you so much for supporting our program, we very much appreciate it, now you have a nice day’
Well blow me down with a feather…there are some people who could well do with taking a leaf outta these boys book…good manners are not dead…the Beach Cottage kiddos will be getting this story told over and over again over dinner that is for sure
Right now I am sitting on the plane, high above America, just passing Oklahoma City, outside air temp is –54F, ground speed is 568mph, altitude 38,000 feet… Qantas is doing me very well, we were late taking off, but so far I am very comfortable…
When we boarded I got to my seat and was greeted by a gentleman in the aisle seat (I always like to take the window seat) with a friendly hello and would I like some help with getting my bag to the overhead? Oh yes I would, thank you so very much. We got talking and it turns out he’s a clergyman from Melbourne who just celebrated 40 yrs in the business and his church in New York…he opened my eyes to a few things I can tell you. So very interesting who you meet if you smile at someone and chat isn’t it?
Well, anyway, I hope you enjoyed Central Park through Sydney eyes?
I will see you Beach Cottage ladies on the other side, yeah?
p.s. if you are missing my coastal pic, there’s a pretty one that Mr Beach Cottage sent me from his walk with Barls on the Beach Cottage Facebook page (click up there on the right) x