Surviving New York: Day Eight

Day eight is in the books and this is Valeri, here to tell you all about it.

Guys, I have vacation brain, meaning I can’t remember what day it is and sometimes I can’t even remember the last thing I did.
So please bear with me as I try to recount our day.

Coffee …
Let’s see, what did we have for coffee …
Hmm … ah! We stopped at Devocion for our morning ritual.
The inside to this place was beautiful, and the coffee was good. But some places just feel snooty, and with that I’m ready to get my order and leave … which is what we did.

Puppy time!
While looking for things to do in NYC, Matthew came across something called Jemmy’s Dog Run.
This was a little park in the middle of a busy city for dogs to run and play with each other, and there was seating all around the outside of it.
So we took our food and drinks and sat along the outside of the area just watching all the pups. I also was able to write a few postcards while taking in the cuteness.
We left there on a high of adorableness and headed to the High Line.

THIS is how you do rails to trails
The city took one of the rails no longer in use and turned it into a walking trail through the city. Doesn’t seem like much, but they planted (and continue to plant) greenery throughout it … so as you walk, you see a mix of skyscrapers, flowers and plants.
I used this time to sketch a bit, and to take in the blue skies and all the greenery.

Nathan’s and Coney Island
If we’re in NYC, we have to go to Nathan’s. And this meant an hour train ride to Coney Island, which resulted in a nap for me.
While we ere there, we made sure to walk the boardwalk. Although we hadn’t planned to ride any, the rides were closed, along with a lot of other businesses.
The beach looked nice, but we didn’t have the time to slip our shoes off and walk the surf. So instead, we just ate our hotdogs, fries and a Philly Cheesesteak (for Matthew).
I’m not sure I’d make my way to Coney Island just for that if I lived here, but it was a different part of the city, and we like to explore as much as we possibly can.

Not every day are you put through tests to find out what role you’d have in a spy organization. So when Matthew found Spyscape online, we hopped on it pretty fast.
Not only are you put through tests, but then you can choose to go through a 007 section that includes behind the scenes information, artifacts from set AND Bond’s DB5 — the actual car used during the filming of “Goldeneye”.
So obviously, we said yes to that.
This was very fun, but took quite a bit of time to get through. Before you knew it, four hours had gone by.
Through the process, you also read about the heroes and the infamous players in espionage.

Why not have dessert before dinner?
I needed to finish my sketch for the day, so I found Carnegie Diner Cafe for us to sit and have dessert and coffee while I sketched.
Yes, we’re adults and we chose cheesecake and cake as a precursor to dinner. :)

Katz’s Delicatessen
And dinner … at 9:30 p.m.
You know, due to the my work schedule, eating this late actually isn’t out of the ordinary for us. So we just went with the flow.
Our biggest concern was not being hungry, but we NEEDED to eat at Katz’s. It’s a New York staple, and did you know it was here just a couple years after the Statue of Liberty AND before Vincent van Gogh painted Starry Night?!
And on top of that, the pastrami sandwiches are suppose to be one of the best in the city.
Review: Katz’s did not disappoint and although we’re stuffed to our limits (and more), we’re glad we made sure to go. We highly recommend.

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“If you want to become a real New Yorker, there’s only one rule: You have to believe New York is, has been, and always will be the greatest city on earth. The center of the universe.”
Ellen R. Shaprio

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