Secretly I’ve always looked forward to having a long connection and pulling a Tony Bourdain style Layover (slightly drunk and full of food). So when I saw that I’d be spending 21 hours in Newark Int. Airport I immediately decided to train into the city for a few hours and play tourist.
Coffee on the Highline
It was a gloomy morning as I trained over from Newark to Penn Station, so I was nervous that I’d have to change my plans of exploring the Highline, a one mile above ground park and art installation, but the rain cleared up as a made my way over the few blocks to the entrance. I grabbed a warm coffee to beat the chilly wind and started wandering. Being a Sunday morning the Highline was already filled with people.
There were tourists speaking in French and Portuguese, young New Yorkers gathered for gossip, and families chasing their kids off benches and flower beds. It was a perfect place for people watching.
The Whitney Museum of American Art
I’m an art museum enthusiast. I love them. I love to get that $6 audio guide and wander around quietly looking at art for several hours. So when I asked around for things to do on my short layover and Ana mentioned that there was a new art museum it instantly became the focal point of my adventure.
And as fortune would have it, The Whitney happens to be located exactly at the end of the Highline! I arrived at the entrance just before noon and was surprised to get my tickets and get in right away (I had read that the lines get to be hours long).
Some of the highlights of this museum are Jackson Pollack and Archibald Motley – two extremely famous American artists.
After spending 2 or 3 hours wandering the museum I was suddenly overcome by how hungry I was, so I hopped out onto the streets to follow the highline back towards Penn Station and try to find Chelsea Market, a famous indoor shopping mall and food court of sorts.
It was food heaven! Everything you could ever want, but with no where to sit down and all decorated for Halloween. I ended up finding a vegan juice bar where I grabbed a cold pressed green juice and kept wandering. “Wandering” was sort of the theme of the day.
Empire State Building & Local Brewery
After finding myself back at Penn Station with at least 3 full hours left until my train to the airport I consulted Google maps & decided to try out the Empire State Building. Somehow I’ve been to NYC twice before this and never been there before. Unfortunately the line was about an hour and a half long and the cost is around $50, so I waved at it as I went by and popped into a brewery in its shadow to toast the day. And finally to eat something (amazing veggie burger).
All in all it was a beautiful Sunday in New York City. The weather was perfect, the people were out, and things were good. I ended up walking just shy of 10 miles that day! Perfect before a 16 hour flight to New Delhi🙂