Weekly Throwback: Week 2

PUBLISHED ON 21/3/2018 @ USA 2018
LANGUAGES: DE

Reflecting last week reveales that we haven’t increased the pace of discovering the city. Actually, we started living in New York as if we were at home. However, everytime we are out I’ve got my camera with me. So, here is what happened.

What we discovered

George Washington Bridge – Suddenly in New Jersey

To all the real New York lunatics, I am sorry to admit we were in New Jersey already in our second week. I can assure it was a coincidence as we actually planned to just put our feet on George Washington Bridge in the north of Manhattan. Eventually we accidentially crossed the entire bridge and found ourselves on the continent-side of the Hudson river: Welcome to New Jersey.

George Washington Bridge (a.k.a. George) is - at least from what I can tell without having seen any other bridge of the city - a monument. Built in the 1930s the double-decked suspension bridge is more than one kilometer long. Its towers reach over 180 meters in height. As George is the only bridge that crosses Hudson river it’s heavily used by hundreds of thousands cars per day. For cyclists and pedestrians sidewalks exist on both sides of the bridge.

From the southern sidewalk we had a great view along the west coast of Manhattan with its skylines at the southern end. As well as in Central Park lots of bicycle racers use the sidewalks as if they want to compete on the fastest traverse. Reminder: Do not gossip about unsportsmanlike Americans again.

At the continental end of George the city of New Jersey unfolds. Even though not the city center. Anyway, the walk was worth the visit for two reasons. First, we found Fort Lee. Fort Lee is located right at the foot of George and most probably has some historical background. Nowadays Fort Lee hosts a visitor center, a little history museum and a park.

The Visitor center and museum were closed already. Luckily, the park was still open. Like real forts, Fort Lee is placed on a higher cliff. Unfortunately, the founders of the latter museum forgot about visitors with strollers and without cars again. In the end, Luna and me took the longer road upwards, Lê took the stairs. (Which is kind of fair, I must say, because Lê pushes the stroller most of the time when I take photos.)

Besides the historical meaning of the land, north and south end of the park offer tremendous views on George (south) and a little harbor in New Jersey with New York City’s skyline in the background (north). Another good thing, apparently no one knows that and almost no one else was there. Conclusion: Currently I’m not sure if you should go to New Jersey but go to Fort Lee!

If the last thing you would do was walking to New Jersey you might take one of the dozens of minibusses that cross the bridge all day long. Actually, I’m not completely sure if there is a public transportation service but the minibusses are private, however, licensed. We payed 2$/each parent for the way back to Big Apple.

Mealtime

The second reason why fully crossing George is worth the walk is a very delicious Korean restaurant which we only didn’t ignore thanks to Tripadvisor. Its name is So Kong Dong (tripadvisor link). Believe me, it’s only kind of shabby from the outside.

Back in Harlem, on another weekend morning, we felt hungry and too lazy to prepare breakfast. Our original restaurant plan didn’t work out because cafés and restaurants are usually entirely occupied during mealtimes at weekends. Luckily, Lê noticed Crepe Master (website link) some day before. Crepe Master is run by a mixed Japanese and American couple. They fusioned french crepe with Japanese frenzy and invented super tasteful soul food crepe wraps in a cone.

The owner leaked that a famous person lives in our neighborhood. It’s Neil Patrick Harris - Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother - who lives in such a brown stone house like we do. Well, he uses all levels and probably has got the better interior, but anyway. Check this article.

What we learned

  • Useful hints to successfully use the subway
    1. The difference between local and express trains is (obviously) that local trains stop at each station whilst express trains “rush” much faster from neighborhood to neighborhood.
    2. Given the fact that line 1 and line D both serve a station called 125th St that does not mean that they stop at the same block.
    3. Don’t use the subway during rushhour.

What we liked

  • The crepes Teriyaki Chicken and Truffeled Mushroom Omelet at Crepe Master.
  • The many New Yorkers who helped to carry our stroller up and down the subway stations.

What was weird

Nothing that remained in our minds. Yay!