Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Maze In Manhattan

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John, Mark and Mary took their bikes on the PATH up to 33rd Street.  Rode bikes through Midtown Manhattan (Yikes!) and then through Central Park (roads closed to cars, nice) and up to Mod Squad Cycles (the bike shop Dan manages) in Harlem.  John is considering purchasing a folding bike to be able to take on the PATH (regular bikes are prohibited during rush hour) and then ride to his office.  Then we all went to the Dive Bar down on 96th for a cold beer.  Natalie met us there.  From this point on, the story gets complicated, but in a nutshell the PATH trains all shut down for an unknown period of time which meant it was extremely complicated to get back to New Jersey.  If you click on the link below the map and then enlarge, you can get all the details.  But it ended up that Mark and I had a beautiful ride on the Hudson Greenway from 125th Street to the World Trade Center PATH station at 10:00 p.m.  So 18 miles of riding - not bad for someone who said she wasn't going to ride much in Manhattan!

Friday, May 27, 2011


Our Jersey City Apartment

We must be feeling "at home" -- Mary's cleaning house!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Our Jersey Home

Our Apartment Building in Jersey City

We're settling into our home for the summer.  We have an apartment in the Southhampton (second from left in photo), one of a number of large apartment buildings in the Newport/Pavonia section of Jersey City.  Our apartment is on the 14th floor of the 30-story tower, and our windows face East, which gives us a fabulous view of Manhattan.  (If you click on the photo to enlarge and then zoom in you can see the Empire State Building in the gap between the buildings.)  Our building is on the Hudson River, and we are right on a bike path that takes us over to John and Nancy's apartment, which is 1-1/2 miles away.

Went over to visit our darling granddaughter, Julia.  She just keeps getting cuter and cuter.  Then we met up with Dan and Natalie at the Zeppelin Biergarten, which is just a few short blocks from John and Nancy's place.  We had a great time, including pizza at John's pizza, which many claim has the best pizza in the NYC area.  It was delicious, and Mark said the gluten-free pizza was the best he's ever had.

We haven't been riding our bikes much yet -- still getting settled into things.  But hoping for a couple of rides this weekend, including a ride to Hoboken, and a ride to Brooklyn for a BBQ!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Journey to Jersey

On our way
We left St. Paul on May 24th at 7:30 a.m. and arrived in Jersey City on May 25th at 6:00 p.m.  The weather was great for traveling.  The only trouble we ran into was in the Chicago area (surprise, surprise) - took 1 hour to go 5 miles through a construction zone.  Pennsylvania is beautiful - rolling hills filled with trees.