Ridin' the Bus and Stayin' Out Late - Day 3
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April 27th, 2009 – by: kalinandeverett
K. So I woke up and it was 10AM and I was like OMG because I always call my dad and Tammy when I'm ready to go and I always assume that they're up at like 7am everyday becase they are over 50 and that's what people over 50 do. So I haul ass out of bed and shower and get Ev up and make him shower and call them at about 10:30 and Dad is still sleeping and Tammy has only just gotten up. So, yay, I watch a little old school ER with Dr Ross until they're ready and at around 11 or so we head off to get our hopon hop off bus tickets redeemed.
But first! We have Chinese for breakfast (but it's more like lunch since it's 11 or so) and it's just around the corner and the Egg Foo Young - which I've never had before - is DIVINE and such a strange first meal. I then go to one of the Chinatown booths and a woman tries to convince me that the silver bangles that say NYC NYC NYC on them are Tiffany (HAHAHAHAHAHA) but I ignore her and set my eyes on a three strand black beaded necklace. She says they are 15 dollars. I keep eyeing them...touching them...loving them... So she asks me what I would want to pay for them. I say 10 dollars. She says ok! I BARTERED!!!! I'VE NEVER BARTERED BEFORE!!! It's totally thrilling and I recount the story about 50 times thoughout the day I am SO proud.
We get on the subway and make it to around Times Square where we get our hopon hopoff tickets and start making a loop through the upper portions of Manhattan (Times Square to Harlem) and it's SO lovely and SO hot out. We never hopoff until we make a full circle. I can't really speak of the tour, but it was awesome. Once I get the photos on here (NOT tonight as it is now 2:46AM) you will see what we saw. Once we make the full circle around Central Park, we decide to take the red line subway back up to Harlem and eat at a place called Dinosaur BBQ that was on our tour AND I had circled it in my Let's Go NYC guide. I had a Portabello Mushroom/Pulled Pork Sandwich which was AWESOME.
We then walked aside Columbia, aka Ev's Dream Law School So Says I, and to Tom's Diner to take photos, which is where Seinfield and his gang always had their lunch.
Once done, we decided to go back to Times Square (after peeing in Lincoln Centre, which is full of Coach Stores - but a subpar restroom, boo! - and the like) to get on the Night Tour bus thingie. It took us through downtown and Brooklyn and was pretty neat and the heat finally had gone down, although it was still 23 degrees even at 8:30 at night.
We then all went back to our rooms, but Ev and I had bigger plans of going out for the night. I realized my sunburn was quite extensive (owowowowowowowowow!!!) so I reluctantly took off my bargained-for necklace to help my neck. After some research, we decided to head to Welcome to Johnson's in the Lower East Side which was supposed to be one of the biggest Neighborhood Dives in the city.
KGB was a former Communist Party meeting place. There are posters of Lenin and Soviet propaganda lit all over and it was pretty awesome. Less awesome? Sam Adams beer. What ass beer! I let Ev finish mine. When we were done we decided to head back and ended up finding the Hell's Angels NYC hangout on a random deserted side road, so, of course we took a pic and wow.
We took the subway back to our hotel and here we are. This place is pretty damn clean and pretty damn friendly and we've never felt intimidated at all. I'm sure there are times and places where bad shit happens, but we sure haven't seen it yet. Up for tomorrow? Hopon hopoff for Downtown and Brooklyn and probably much much more. :) It's 3am so I'm gonna sleep and hopefully add pics tomorrow. :)
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