West Village , cycle event , Brooklyn tour

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Gulp , fisherman making a catch ,08:15 Hudson by west avenue

Up early and out on the bicycle which is available  with this apartment , Nana , the owner has left me the key to the bike lock .No more sore feet since i am using the bus tours and a bicycle .You still get to walk a lot every day anyway , but not so much that your feet ache .Anyone coming here , remember to bring good walking shoes , or else..suffer .

So many of the residents here have dogs , often very little dogs and they walk them a lot , this morning there is a bicycling event touring the 5 boroughs of New York  and 40,000  are expected to participate , i cycle down to the start point which is near wall st , there are hundreds and hundreds  of people and bikes , still only 08:15 am .

Cyclists downtown manhattan
On the way back to my apartment in west village  on my bike i spot 3 fishermen fishing from the Hudson promenade , one of them caught a fish and i have included the photo a bit reluctantly , but i guess it is unusual  because i was only passing and stopped just long enough to take the snap , i think he was taking it home to eat .

But this morning my plan is to find 11 street bar  to watch the football at 11:00 and then take the Brooklyn bus tour for which i have  a ticket .

I havent done an entry for my arrival here and about my accom. details , i might do an entry later , but my accom is an apartment near west village manhattan , which is costing me $125 per night  and it belongs to a music/artist  called Nana  , it is pretty high quality  on the 12th floor  of a 22 floor apartment block off washington street , with views of the hudson river and manhattan itself .

11 street bar ,home of new york liverpool supporters club
I found it using www.craigslist.com  and made contact by email  with the owner .The bicycle is not at all modern  and has thin tyres like a racing bike , it has been on her balocony , probably for months and the pedals  and chain cog make constant squeaking grinding noises .

Some American  lady has just had an argument  with the chinese lady running the internet cafe , but she held out  for the very last dollar (the chinese lady did), the user had been unable to get into the site she  wanted  because it kept crashing the session .  :-)

 

Manhattan is about 12.5 miles long and 2.5 miles across , the avenue mainly go north to south and the streets  go east/west  and 11 street for example is split into 11 st west and 11 st east , mostly the streets are one-way traffic and the avenues can be either one way or both directions .

View from top of apartment block
Many of the streets have a cycle path painted onto them , i cycled all the way across town to find 11 street bar which is on 11 street east and near A avenue Lower east side .It is an Irish  sportsbar and the base of Liverpool supporters club New York Branch.(Nevada Smiths on 3rd ave , another Irish Sportsbar , is Chelsea NY supporters club home , i watched the chelsea v liverpool champions league game there , virtually right off the plane upon my arrival  here ..jet lagged and hungry , i stood for the whole 2.5 hours ,jet-lagged and hungry , it was too packed to sit down). It's pretty safe cycling across Manhattan if you use common sense , it is sunday anyway , i found the bar    and the game had started 5 mins previous , some 5 guys from Northern Ireland Colraine came in and sat near me , we chatted , mostly they were Liverpool fans , one was wearing the shirt  and one of them supported no one .
Pro China-Olympic games rally downtown manhattan
I didnt see any Man City fans (todays opponents) but did watch the Chelsea v Liverpool game standing next to one .

After the game i cycled down 1st ave thru Chinatown  getting a bit lost , towards battery park , there was a pro China/Olympic games  rally going on  and they had both Chinese and Usa flags , there were maybe a thousand and a half , all seemed to be Chinese , i did see one banner reading 'Dilai liar ' , in what i consider to be an ignorant reference to the Dalai Lama the Tibetan  exile (and man of peace) and actually the person whom the Tibetans look to as thier leader .

I found the Blue bus tour start point , grabbed a quick coffee  and a yukky veggie  pastie (which turned out to be quiche.

Manhattan , what the very best dressed dogs wear
.i dont like eggs)

and i got on the 2 pm Brooklyn tour bus with Mia  our tour guide , she was from Brooklyn too.The weather has eased up a lot  and it was sunny, there was an event on at Prospect park/Japanese gardens , something to do with a Cherry Blossom festival , well the streets were grid-locked and we could nt move .There are not many high buildings in Brooklyn , but we saw lots of antique/curio shops , we are on an open topped double decker bus.We rerouted and missed out a lot of Prospect Park(due to congestion) , we used the Manhattan bridge to come/go over the river and has good views of downtown manhattan.Mia ,  the tour guide is from Brooklyn  and quite funny , except she kept on forgetting words and names of places , i suspect that she uses some 'funny stuff' smokes  or whatever they call it here .

Brooklyn row of houses

I watched some tv in the apartment later , there was some politics , and i do not like Brit politicians  never mind American ones , they come across  as grandstanders and actors , but i will say this . Obama is an actor , and if he does get in power it will be a few years before he is seen in his true colours , Clinton ,surprisingly appears to be genuine , but will perhaps fall on the sword of her own honesty  regarding policy.

 

On New York generally ; if someone doesnt like it here then i think that there  is probably something wrong with them , possibly thier head is stuck up thier own backside . I do not intend to be rude  to anyone and will answer any (sensible) emails i receive .

There is so much going on , so much to see  and so many diverse communities all living next to each other , personally i always feel safe here .

NYPD Brooklyn , on duty for cycle event
Having said that i have just passed a young white couple sitting on the floor on 5th ave near W32 street  and they have a cardboard notice:'we only have one another , any contributions gratefully received' , i did'nt really see the guy  but she was quite pretty . 

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Cyclists downtown manhattan
Cyclists downtown manhattan
11 street bar ,home of new york li…
11 street bar ,home of new york l…
View from top of apartment block
View from top of apartment block
Pro China-Olympic games rally
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Pro China-Olympic games rally do…
Manhattan , what the very best dre…
Manhattan , what the very best dr…
Brooklyn row of houses
Brooklyn row of houses
NYPD Brooklyn , on duty for cycle …
NYPD Brooklyn , on duty for cycle…
cyclists   west avenue
cyclists west avenue
My bike at a little park down west…
My bike at a little park down wes…
Nevda Smiths irish sportsbar , 3rd…
Nevda Smiths irish sportsbar , 3r…
police cars  downtown manhattan
police cars downtown manhattan
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Uptown manhattan from aprtment ro…
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Manhattan downtown viewed from ma…
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Brooklyn Museum fountain
Brooklyn Museum fountain
1st ave minor road accident
1st ave minor road accident
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