5 September - New York
We returned to the local Italian restaurant for breakfast. We ate there on our first morning here. After breakfast we continued researching a Tenpin Bowling Pro Shop where Lance could get some new equipment. We found a place but needed to wait till 2pm to confirm they were open today, the Labour Day Holiday over here. The weather was again kind with a forecast in the mid to high 20s.
Karol wanted some quality shopping time at Macys. So I gave her some instructions and off she went. We took a different path and decided to explore a little in the SoHo district in Lower Manhattan. We walked south along Broadway looking at the shops. Some we had already visited at the Factory Outlet Mall a few days ago. Some products were the same price as the Mall.
We took a left turn into Chinatown and left our comfort zone also. Sellers on the street seem to think they have the right to come up to you and demand you look at and buy their products. We took the nearest subway back to Grand Central. We had seen enough. We had a bite to eat in the food hall on the lower level and got ourselves a map of the subway system. With that we saw we could use two trains to get to one of the bowling pro shops. Unfortunately I parted company with my Norway hat there. Left it on the seat where we ate. Might have to go back and get another one...
We called at 2pm and Lance was informed that the shop was open. So we took the 7 line to Queensboro and then changed to the N line to Astoria and got off at the end of the line. Astoria is in Queens. We found it to be a fairly affluent area with some very large homes and a lot of expensive cars. It looked like a 1.5 km walk so off we went. It turned out to be nearly double that. Along the way I acquired a new hat and a 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (at a bargain price) for later. When we finally arrived we found that the pro shop was closed. D'oh! We caught a cab back to the station then two trains and a walk and we were back at the hotel.
We ate at a pasta place over the road and later played cards in Lance & Karol's suite. Tomorrow we leave New York to return home. There will be a final blog entry but not till we get home. We check out late morning but our flight is not till 6.10 pm. We have a large SUV booked for 3 pm to get us to the airport. Ahead of that we plan to ride the subway and check out The Bronx to the north and Brooklyn to the south east.