Biking and Rolling in Central Park

I’m still posting pictures from my New York City trip a year ago. Since I wasn’t blogging then, I’m sharing now to help me relive the trip and record some of my activities.

One of my favorite things was renting bikes and riding in  Central Park. It’s the best way to experience this 843-acre park in the middle of the city. It was my first time to rent from Bike and Roll, although I have seen them in other places. They offer guided tours, although my daughter and I opted for the hourly rentals. I can’t remember exactly how much it cost, but it was less than $15 an hour for the comfort bikes that we rented. I think we had a coupon, which made it about $25 for two hours. Not bad for NYC, where most of the tourist admissions are $25—entrance to the Met, going to the top of Empire State Building, etc.

Me and my Bike and Roll rental.
Me and my Bike and Roll rental.

We rented at a kiosk at Tavern on the Green, but there are other locations in Central Park as well as through NYC. I was intrigued by the blue Citibikes, a new bike-share program that began a couple of weeks before we were in New York. There was a snafu in that my chain completely broke off. Luckily, it was toward the end of our rental so I didn’t have to walk too long. Bike and Roll gave us a refund so we were cool with that, but next time I’ll check out the bike more closely before pedaling off.

New York’s Eataly: The Place So Nice We Ate There Twice

I’m remembering where I was eating a year ago this day.

Eataly in New York City.

With only five days in New York, we intended to sample a different cuisine at every meal. That was mostly true until we found Eataly. To play on a New York, New York moniker, the place was so nice we ate there twice.

Eataly is a foodie’s heaven, sort of an Italian Whole Foods containing multiple restaurants and tasting areas. The one in New York was the first in the United States. Another one has opened in Chicago. There are multiple Eatalys in Italy, one in Toyko and a few more in other parts of the world.

Making bread at Eataly
Making bread at Eataly

On the first visit we had to eat more quickly than I would have liked so we could make our theater curtain time. So when our New York Mets game was rained out, we returned to Eataly and stayed until closing while it poured outside. Judging by the crowd, it was the ultimate Friday date night place to be.

Although there are about five restaurants in Eataly, we ate both times at the pizzeria. I can’t even give a thoughtful review of the meal as the real fun was visiting all of the food departments in the retail area.   I had time to check out the bread making and taste samples at the gelato bar.  Since we didn’t want to take produce on the plane, I just enjoyed the feast with my eyes and camera.

Asparagus from Peru and neighboring New Jersey
Asparagus from Peru and neighboring New Jersey
Red Velvet apricots
Red Velvet apricots