After being out in the Newark area for work yesterday, I took the train into the city and found some time to catch up with friends. First on the list was visiting a friend from Yahoo and his brand new baby boy! This was also my first trip to Harlem, which was interesting. I must say that I am a fan of the D train express :) It was great to hang out for a bit and always odd to see west coast people on the east coast! I was able to walk through Columbia's campus on the way back to the 1 and wow...it's beautiful at night! I wish my phone was up to taking better pictures at night because they just didn't come out well.
Then it was back down to midtown to see an old motorola colleague now striking it out in the finance industry in nyc. And I was reminded of one of the reasons that I love nyc - Yuengling beer! We had a few pints at an English pub along with some excellent curry fries. So good!
And this morning included a wonderful run through central park. I'm quite jealous of people who live near there and can run there everyday. So many paths, hills, trees, and just a total isolation from the city. I really felt like I was far removed from the city which was nice for a run. I only went four miles but was scoping out longer runs for future trips.
I was also reminded of some of the reasons I don't like nyc. I hadn't been there in the summer for a while, and I was reminded of the horrible smell of garbage that takes over the whole city all summer long. A friend of mine always comments on how clean Chicago is and I never really realize it until I go someplace dirty and smelly. :)