nycdc trip day 01: exploring around Williamsburg

Very long subway ride to Williamsburg from Jamaica station. It was too early for many shops to open yet. Walked a little bit along the Williamsburg Bridge; there were a lot of runners there, nice to see.

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Walked up Bedford Ave, saw a mix of restaurants, small shops and older laundrette type places. One of the most crowded places was The Bagel Store with a long line for ordering and people crowded around the counter waiting for their order. Their speciality looked like to be rainbow bagels, which they describe as bagel art. I opted for something called cragel, or half bagel half croissant. Had it with blueberry cream cheese. It was heavier than a croissant and less chewy than a bagel. I opted for cinnamon which was the overwhelming flavour. Quite nice, though I guess I should have had a plain bagel instead.

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Took the subway to Prospect Park. The subway was more convoluted than I remembered and took a long time because of all the changes and the infrequent sunday service. Grand Army Plaza is located at NW side of the park, very impressive, almost Paris like.

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Friends had recommended the Brooklyn Museum. Didn’t go inside, just visited the shop and the loo. Not much of an art person, and I was too tired and hungry to have appreciated anything.

Another friend had recommended smorgsburg inside the park. I walked the wrong way and had to find a map so it took longer to get to than expected. It wasn’t really a flea market as described on their website, 99% were food stalls so it was more like a street food event. Which was perfect. Tons of choices: burgers, barbeque, noodles, pizza, and more.

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I was tempted by the many barbeque places, but ultimately went for the lobster roll. There was a beer garden so I found a seat at the garden benches, got a beer. I didn’t know whether I was hungry, tired or feeling grotty (still wearing flight clothes) and a lobster roll and a cool white beer helped a lot.

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Williamsburg is supposed to be full of hipsters. Most people I saw today were regular people, though it was possible to see some were more affluent than others. And there were obvious hipsters, yes. Like the beer guy.

Thought about getting a brisket sandwich or arepa to take away back to the hotel but decided against it. The ride back to the hotel was again a long subway journey with lots of waiting. Good thing there were plenty of seats, probably did 2-3hrs of walking today.Got back to the hotel at 4.30pm, and was finally able to brush my teeth and shower. Nothing nearby, but apparently I could order delivery. Too tired even for that, got some doritos from the vending machine, ate a cereal bar and fell asleep at 6pm.

flight and hotel

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Flight was almost completely full. Someone sat in the middle seat, she’s travelling with 3 others and they didn’t seem to have been lucky with their seat assignments. Quite noisy, one of those stupid people who scream across the aircraft cabin to talk to her friends.

Dinner was meatballs, breakfast was omelette. Watched Pride & Prejudice and Zombies (really funny, highly recommended) and The Lobster (very…interesting). No Bake-off but there was Grand Designs. Managed to sleep for about 5hrs.

There was a stopover in Vancouver, which was why the flight took so long. We had to take all our stuff and go to the transit lounge. More security check by US customs. Couldn’t go out of the lounge even.

JFK leg was also full so my hopes that the idiot neighbour would move evaporated. Dinner was salmon and mash. I didn’t eat any instant noodles this flight. Watched The Martian, it was very good. Slept for about an hour.

Flight was early, arrived at 6.20am. Immigration was fast but bags took forever to come out.

I took the airtrain to Federal Circle and from my instructions I was supposed to call the hotel shuttle. The line was so faint on the official phone that I had to call on my mobile. Waited for about 5 mins then I realised one of the vans there had a sign for my hotel. Missed it completely, hahaha. The nice driver took me there in 5 mins, got to the hotel at 8am. Unfortunately couldn’t check in but they could store my bag and said I’m welcome to have breakfast.

So I dumped all unnecessary stuff from my backpack into my duffel, had a couple of croissants and tea. Shuttle back to the airport once an hour, so I’ll go back, get the subway and go exploring. Next post.