Alternate title: The Only Thing in New York Worth Doing
Last week I had the partially fortunate, partially unfortunate opportunity to visit New York City for the first time. I will spare you the full-review of my experience over the 4.5 days, but I would like to share one of the highlights of my trip: running along the Hudson River Greenway.
I had ideas in my head leading up to this trip that I wanted to run each morning before I had to start working (I was working remotely so I could even GO on this trip). Due to the time difference, I had a rough time waking up on Thursday, and so I really got up around 7am EDT, worked for a couple hours, and then headed out for a run around 10. I had three routes I wanted to run: 1 - north on the Hudson River Greenway, 2 - South on the Greenway, 3 - Central Park Loop. Spoiler alert: I only did one.
I strapped on my Garmin, grabbed my phone, and headed from our hotel in Chelsea, two blocks south of Madison Square Garden on 8th Ave., to the High Line. I was really excited to explore the city, and I had read some awesome things about the High Line.
I jogged up the steps and headed south. Awesome it was! But holy-moley the tourists! I mean, I was totally and undeniably a tourist, but at least I was trying to fit in. It was very crowded, which shouldn't have surprised me and in retrospect gave me a nice foreshadowing into the days ahead. I ran in between the masses of people and politely excused myself around them. I stopped to take photos like everyone else. And after about a mile, I descended the stairs and the High Line was behind me.
I headed west on 14th St. and crossed 11th Ave. towards the Hudson River Greenway. A reward for putting my shoes on and battling the crowds of the High Line. The greenway is a wide open pedestrian/bicycle/skateboard/roller-blade/segway (?) path along the Hudson River, running from the south end of Manhattan near Battery Park up to somewhere really far north of that near the George Washington Bridge. The open space is very welcome in such a crowded city (and I didn't even know yet how welcome it would be) and the views along the river are serene and picturesque.
I ran towards the "Freedom Tower" a.k.a. "One World Trade" or I am sure there are other names for it. I didn't realize how tall it was on my cab ride in from Newark, but Google schooled me that it's the fourth tallest building in the world (including the antenna, which kinda seems like cheating, but I'm no engineer). When we visited the building later in the trip, there was no mistaking that it was really freakin' tall.
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