John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
7/13/22 9:25 p.m.

Let's say you agreed to make an important business delivery for a long time friend.

Destination: The Guggenheim Museum in NYC.

It is a 500 mile and 8 hour drive from my part of Ohio, straight east on I-80 mostly.  

If you then had one afternoon to spend in NYC, what is the #1 thing to do while there? 

Traveling solo. Life, previous plans, and short notice trip just makes it too hard to coordinate schedules to bring wife and kid. 

Purple Frog (Forum Supporter)
Purple Frog (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
7/13/22 9:33 p.m.

The Guggenheim is not a bad place to start.  The Metropolitan is across the street.  Central Park is my favorite place in the City.

You can't do much so do one or two things well.   Next time I want to walk the Brooklyn Bridge (after reading the book on its build),

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
7/13/22 9:42 p.m.

This was today.  I left home at 4am.  At 12:45 I was delivering at The Gug. 

At 1:30 I achieved the ONE thing I wanted for this trip. 

I shook the hand (and gave a hug) to quite possibly the greatest GRMer of all time. Someone who I have called a friend for years but never really met...until today! 

I made sure to adorn myself in something familiar so I could be recognized in a city of millions. 

Robbie (Forum Supporter)
Robbie (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/13/22 9:44 p.m.

Maybe pick a restaurant and plan an early dinner (get a reservation, but should be relatively easy before 6).

I'm not sure I have a specific recommendation. I do love just walking the streets or central park and watching. Walk slow.

If you haven't been, the financial district with the bull is pretty close to the world trade area (monuments and new building), as well as a short walk to at least see the statue of liberty. It will be really busy on a weekday around quitting time, but will empty out and be relatively quiet before other more residential areas.

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
7/13/22 9:56 p.m.

In reply to Robbie (Forum Supporter) :

The secondary (consolidation prize) activities of the day after the important #1 activity included...

The new tower

The old tower, reflecting pool(s) 

If you really zoom, there's a statue out there... 

I was right there at The Bull but did not bother with a picture. It was swarmed with families. 

I played around the city until about 7pm which was my plan. I figured that would allow time for traffic to die a bit for getting out of the city.  The plan mostly worked but The Holland Tunnel was still slow going. 

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
7/13/22 10:16 p.m.

Two hours out of the city and I was pulling into The Pennsylvania Welcome Center rest stop, or the first rest stop in Pennsylvania. 

I have used the small factory supplied inverter of the van to blow up my air mattress. A Grand Caravan floor is mostly flat but the addition of a large remnant of plywood make the floor very flat. 

I have written this entire thread while laying here in these accommodations (air mattress not shown)  Also on the van floor, over the plywood is some of those foamy, interlocking floor tiles like you might add to a kids play room floor. 

At 9pm, I have now been up for 17 hours and many of those hours waking a warm, near 90 degree NYC day.   A few hours of rest and I'll tackle the remaining 6.5 hours in the wee morning hours

barefootcyborg5000
barefootcyborg5000 PowerDork
7/13/22 10:32 p.m.

Excellent trip! NYC is on my list if I ever get to really travel. 

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
7/13/22 10:43 p.m.

I've been to NYC a number of times before, maybe 6 times total.  But, it's been at least 8 years since the last. I saw The World Trade center ruble with most of it cleared but not all.  I wanted to get back to see the new and changes. 

I could have turned and burned meaning make the delivery and leave but that would be a grueling day probably still requiring some roadside rest. If I stayed in the city a while, it then became an issue of "if you're gonna stay until 4:00 pm, you might as well stay until 7:00 pm and let traffic settle. 

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/13/22 11:03 p.m.

Someday I'm gonna meet that guy!

Rons
Rons GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
7/13/22 11:32 p.m.

Welcome to the world of hotshotting.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/14/22 1:40 a.m.

Yay, Wally. And New York is the best. 

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge is cool, but if you walk the Manhattan Bridge, then you get to look at the Brooklyn Bridge. Also, not nearly as many people on the Manhattan Bridge. And the Manhattan Bridge drops you off right in Chinatown. Hello, Wo Hop. But, really, no wrong answers. And I need to get back there. 

Wally (Forum Supporter)
Wally (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/16/22 7:56 p.m.

In reply to John Welsh :

It was great getting to meet you in person, I'm sorry I didn't have more time it was an insanely busy week.   

914Driver
914Driver GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/16/22 8:51 p.m.

Wally, if you retire there's a Personal Tour Guide gig in your future!

Trish's friend asked  for her to escort her & friends from SD around NYC.  So much more relaxing and you see more when you're not standing on a corner reading a map.

It is a fun place.

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
7/17/22 9:26 a.m.

A lifetime ago, I raced horses at all of the tracks in the state, including Yonkers, Roosevelt (Westbury, NY, long closed), and the Meadowlands. 
 

I haven't been to the city since 1988, so I'm reading your thread, and asking myself how I would answer your question. Then I got to the picture with Wally.

"Of course!"


I love NYC, and I love NY state. Thanks for sharing. 

Gary
Gary UberDork
7/17/22 10:15 p.m.
John Welsh said:

This was today.  I left home at 4am.  At 12:45 I was delivering at The Gug. 

At 1:30 I achieved the ONE thing I wanted for this trip. 

I shook the hand (and gave a hug) to quite possibly the greatest GRMer of all time. Someone who I have called a friend for years but never really met...until today! 

I made sure to adorn myself in something familiar so I could be recognized in a city of millions. 

John and Wally, that is absolutely spectacular! That pic is the essence of this forum: camaraderie and friendship. We all love cars, and a lot of people do. But the GRM community is a tight community. We appreciate and care for each other. It's not just about cars. Great thread John. I wish I could have been there to hug Wally too! Wally, you definitely are the greatest GRMer!

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