Unlike most of my trips to NYC, which are just two days, on this trip we had the luxury of a WHOLE THIRD DAY! Hip hip huzzah! We decided to spend the day exploring a part of the city that none of us were really familiar with, Greenwich Village, with a walking tour from CityRover.
CityRover advertises themselves as helping you to discover a new side of New York with local guides. And while we definitely discovered lots of new things and enjoyed the tour overall, I think the tour was a bit too much of a sampler of different things, and maybe we would have enjoyed it more if there had been more focus on one subject. Maybe it was the nature of our group (which had a lot of questions) that led to this, or maybe that’s just the nature of the tour.
We started out in Chelsea Market, which used to be the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco!) factory in Chelsea (duh), and is the birthplace of the Oreo cookie. The Chelsea Market is all retail space and offices now, but it was interesting to see how they kept old architectural details of the building in the reimagined space.
Up next, we headed up to the High Line, the old elevated rail line that was turned into a park in Chelsea. The High Line is definitely different from any other park I’ve ever been. You really get a different perspective of this part of the city from up on the High Line, and you can see the old factory buildings that make up this unique part of town.
After High Line, we walked through the Meat Packing district. Again, this area looks different than many part of the city, because it is most low rise warehouses, which are mostly occupied by high end retailers now. But we did see one last remaining row meat packers.
To celebrate the meat packers…a meat pie snack! Err, vegetarian for me. But it was tasty.
Next, we twisted through Greenwich Village. This part of New York is full of old rowhouses and brownstones, and in that way, really reminds me of my home in Baltimore. This area of the city is also a lot quieter than most of the rest of the city, with it’s tree lined residential streets. We saw a few famous streets, including the Sex and the City stoop.
And then, another snack! This time pizza, which just set off a serious hunger for me. I think I wanted pizza for DAYS after this slice.
Our tour wound up in Washington Square, center of NYU life. It was funny, because The Heiress, which kicked off our weekend, was set in a house in Washington Square, but it’s definitely not the same place now!
At the suggestion of our guide, we headed to McSorley’s Old Ale House for one last New York drink before hitting the road. There wasn’t anything special about the beer, but the ambiance of the oldest bar in Manhattan was fun.
And then, things got interesting. For some reason the GPS led me along the entire length of the island and out of the Holland Tunnel instead of out of the much closer to our hotel Lincoln Tunnel. So fun driving adventure! And then, about an hour out of the city, we were in a not so fun accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. Getting rear ended is never fun, but this was especially bad since we all had minor injuries. Fingers crossed, they all seem better now!