Green green grass of NYC
Before I came to New York, I had an image that there were a lot of buildings, people and concrete. For some reason I thought there would be only a few park areas, but other than those, the color green would not be found in the city. Oh boy, was I wrong! There’s green everywhere here, in complete harmony with skyscrapers and red brick apartment buildings.
In addition to admiring the gardens and trees in local neighborhoods, we’ve explored a few parks and I must say they have a lovely vibe to them. The largest and best-known park is of course Central Park, which is huge, but there are also smaller pretty parks around the city. Morningside Park was beautiful, and had a pond with tons of tiny turtles in it. I tried to capture a photo for you, but they would always dive underwater right when I took the picture.
We’ve mostly explored the city by walking, but yesterday we decided to go on a bike ride through parks all the way to Central Park and come back via Riverside Park that runs by the Hudson River. The weather was perfect: it was warm, but cloudy. We stopped every now and then to look at the scenery and swung by a bike repair shop since my friend was having some trouble with her bike.
Our bike ride lasted for about three and a half hours. Without stops and bike trouble we would have probably rode to Central Park and back in about an hour. So, in addition to being fun, biking is a very efficient and cheap way to get around the city. Subways are fast, but they run underground – biking lets you see neighborhoods and sights as you’re moving from point A to point B. Biking in New York does however require some getting used to, since there are cars, pedestrians and other bikes everywhere. I would not have been as brave to go bike in traffic without my friend who gave me clear instructions on what we were doing and where we were going. Though not the most fashionable accessory, a helmet is a must in the city.
My friend had two bikes, so I got to borrow the other one for our ride. It’s easy to explore the city on bikes, even if you don’t have one of your own. There are Citibike stops everywhere. Citibikes are bikes you can rent out and bike for thirty minutes at a time. If you’re a tourist, the best option is to buy a day pass, which gives you an unlimited number of thirty-minute rides. You can take and leave the bike at any Citibike stop around the city. They also have a mobile app that shows you where the stops are and give you other useful information.
Central Park is usually packed with people, but the northern part of the park is much quieter. The northern part is called North Woods, and it’s much more forest-like compared to the southern parts of the park. So, if you want to go for a jog without having to constantly be aware of pedestrians, horse carriages and bikes, go for the North Woods. We ended up laying on the rocks in North Woods for quite a while talking about life.
We will definitely go biking again, since we had a blast! I still have Bryant Park to see, so maybe we’ll go explore that next. We spent a day in Long Island last weekend. We went to the beach and explored a cute marina area in Freeport. I’ll tell you more about it in my next post!
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