I’ve discovered disaster, gluten free (GF) bagels with scallion (spring onion) creamed cheese and smoked salmon! Disastrous due to the amount of sugar and fat that makes it taste so good. The best or worst thing is the location of Fresh Go who sell them. About 3O steps from my hotel.
After my moreish breakfast I walk to Madison Avenue on the Midtown East side of Manhattan via the Radio City Music Hall building and the Rockefeller Centre. The Rockefeller Centre is immense with a observation deck at the top, Home to NBC studios and where 30 Rock is based. There is an outdoor ice rink lowered into the ground surrounded by a wall on which 200 flagpoles with flags from United Nation Countries are placed. Watching over the rink is the golden statue of Prometheus. Opposite the statue is a walkway with boutique shops and a rather delicious chocolatiers. Once past the shops a left turn takes me to the front of the centre and I am met by a 45 foot tall Atlas.
I continue towards Madison Avenue and meet it on 51st Street where the shops begin and finish around 86th Street. I’ve noticed during my stay that there are so many high end shops such as Prada and yet so many are empty with no one in. The shops are vast. The doors are closed and it took me a few attempts to realise that they were not locked but really heavy to open. It’s an area for the more flamboyant dresser and today I definitely don’t fit in.
Where Madison Avenue meets 51st Street is the start of high end shopping which ends at 86th Street. I’ve noticed during my stay that there are so many shops such as Prada and yet so many are empty with no one in. The shops are vast. The doors are always closed and it took me a few attempts to realise that they were not locked but really heavy to open. It’s an area for the more flamboyant dresser and today I definitely don’t fit in.
I follow the path in the park passed The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservior (below).
I make my way to the Guggenheim Museum to find it is closed on Thursdays and notice another museum across the road. I decide that since it has a pretty garden, I’ll go in. I’ve entered the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum for free as they are closing early (not for another 3 and a half hours). The museum has exhibitions focusing on recycling, design objects from the past, building communities and sustainability which all sound quite dull but were thought provoking and the little gem was the glass house which had chill out seating with cushions, perfect after walking five miles and allowed me to while away some time until dusk and my return walk through Central Park.
It’s dark by the time I return through Central Park still there are numerous runners, cyclists, walkers and people playing volleyball. The view back in to Manhattan is lit with constellations of white lights and the park feels safe to be in. To the south of the park I turn right towards 7th Avenue looking for somewhere to eat. I see the American, silver railroad carriage, Brooklyn Diner and persuade myself to eat there. A medium rare burger with GF bread, fries and a glass of wine to round off my day is heaven.