I should, by rights, be in a wonderful mood today. Yesterday worked out pretty smashingly for the Giants and Cain went out and proved that Bumgarner is not the only person in the history of the universe to do well after signing a contract.
But I’m not in a good mood. Not at all. I’m in a decidedly glowering mood at the moment. See, I have an undeveloped sense of appreciation for off days, although I’m sure the players appreciate them loads so I should be happy for them. And it’s not helping to see all the Giants-related people hitting up New York City. I have a strong inner New Yorker, in case you haven’t noticed that yet. I consider it my second home, although I’m not sure that particular feeling is mutual. I am jealous. I admit it. Very, very.
Instead of just glowering though, I am going to try to channel this into something positive. In honor of the Giants roadtrip, I am featuring my fab advice for things to do in NYC along a few (equally fab) photos of it. Terrible excuse to something I just want to do? Heck yes. But it’s going to be educational and stuff too, so no complaining. I know most of the Giants have been to the city before, but I bet they’ve never done this stuff. Consider this my contribution of culture to the team.
5. Silver Moon Bakery in Manhattan. It’s a bit out of the way and terribly difficult to spot, even once you’re in the area, but believe me when I say, it is worth it. Completely. Dee-lish-us.
4. Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan. If you’re a Bay Area-er like me and used to some quiet, open space at arm’s reach, you may go a little crazy in the city. Central Park is marvelous, but it doesn’t count as open space. So if you’re willing to trek up the island to Fort Tryon Park, you will be very glad you did. Trees, paths and a view of the river. Luv-er-lee.
3. The Cloisters in Manhattan. This museum is likely one of the best you will see in your life and it’s in Fort Tryon Park, actually. Two birds with one stone, as they say. It is a part of the Met and the building is beautiful and interesting and smells like buttered pastries. The art is pretty wonderful, too. But mostly the buttery pastry smell is unmatchable. Go-there-now.
2. Central Park Carousel in Manhattan. Be forewarned, they have beastly hours and are impossible to contact and yes, it’s a tourist trap. But you will adore it anyway. Ah-door.
1. Walk in Manhattan. Walk the length of the island, if you can. The subway is glorious, but there’s nothing like just walking up and down and running into designer shops on the East Side and avoiding the seriously scary old ladies who are armed with hand dogs on the West Side. Bee-ware and in-joy.
By the way, yes, they’re all in Manhattan. I haven’t quite got Brooklyn et al. down yet. I am working on, though. If anyone wants to sponsor my research, don’t be shy. Give me the plane ticket and things and I will be there in a jiffy. Jiffy jiffy.
I feel a bit better now. Channeling negative energy into positive things is… positive. Deep philosophy from Diamond Girl for the month. Take note.