Sunday, May 25, 2008

My New York: A long walk

I haven't done one of these in a while. Today it was simply a glorious day outside with temperatures in the 70's and nothing but sunny skies. I watched the morning political shows on television and could have done some apartment cleaning and such but it seemed like a crime to stay indoors. So, I decided to do something I'd been meaning to do for a while and which I'd never done. Walk from my Jackson Heights apartment to Central Park across the Queensboro Bridge (approx. a 5 mile walk). A few of the things I saw...

If you need tires, who go anywhere else but Tires by Papi? This is actually a few blocks away from my apartment building on Broadway and on the other side of the BQE underpass. Tried to look for Papi but he didn't seem to be around.

Still on Broadway, having almost reached Northern Boulevard, I noticed a truck with a sign that read "Basurero Restaurant-Bar" (click here for image). Yes. New York City is known for being a dirty city and you should see the trash-bags pile up on the streets sometimes, but why would anyone want to eat at a restaurant called "Trashcan Restaurant-Bar?"

Next up is the New York Ham'n'Egg Eatery on Northern Boulevard which is one of those beautiful art-deco diners that seem in danger of extinction and will probably be gone within a few years. The unfortunate name defies the aluminum and neon sign that says Blue Crystal Diner (image here) which I much prefer (and someone else seems to agree).

Then it's on to parts of Astoria that have been taken over by the Brazilian community (some amazing Brazilian restaurants in the area as well) and...

Manhattan in the distance, still a ways to go.

Past the auto dealerships and Jiffy Lube auto repair shops as I neared the Queensboro Bridge, my first bear sighting!

More bear sightings to come in just a moment! In the meantime, what's a horny hetero guy to do with all the x-rated novelty shops shutting down in this city? Closeted gay guys looking for a quick fix as well, I guess (image here).

And over the bridge we go! Not as photogenic as - say - the Brooklyn Bridge. But an easy walk across it nevertheless.

Once over the bridge there was way too much traffic and too many people in the Upper East Side so I didn't take any photos until...

Voila! El Parque Central!

Which takes us to our second bear sighting of the day...

Why, isn't that blogger extraordinaire Joe.My.God? Why, yes, indeed. I realized it a bit too late to say howdy (he's on a hiatus for now).

In the meantime, I'm sure everyone knows that it's Fleet Week in New York! Which must only mean...

Marines! They seemed a bit lost but can't say that I was of much help: They were looking for military monuments throughout the park and suggestions of where to go have fun at night without having to spend an arm and a leg (I swear I might look just as tall if I had only worn my cap). They did call me 'Sir', which I thought was sorta cute. Then again I am on the verge of 40.

So a nice walk and day at the park even if it was a tad crowded...

More images from today's walk here.

8 comments:

Bernie said...

A 5 mile hike? You're a better man than I am Andres. And how patriotic of you to assist those Marines. I'm sure you could think of some fun things to do at night without costing a lot of money.

Did they ask? Did you tell?

Aquilino said...

Andres,

This is awesome! I felt like I was right there next to you...except I'm in bed...and I didn't burn the calories. I love the pictures. However, there's one thing that baffles me...why didn't you include photo 21 of 23....he is hot!!!

We should organize a long walk along from downtown Manhattan (Battery Park all the way to Inwood). That would be great!!! Take Broadway all the way up.

Mike said...

You live in New York City, why didn't we get to meet you here:

http://gaybloggermeet2008.blogspot.com/

I hope next year you come to the gay bloggers meetup. Nice photos!

Harold said...

LOL

'Did they ask...'

Comic relief, great blog entry, great comment(s)...

Saludos, my good friend...this was a very entertaining piece.

Un Abrazo Caluroso...

- hc -

Emilio said...

What a coincidence, we decided to do the same but in Toronto. We walk from our condo close to Riverdale park east, cross the Don park Hway and ended up in the Withrow park. It was much less than 5 miles but It was very fun to do it.

Lake said...

"Tires by Papi" made my day

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Great photos. They remind me of my walks, especially since SF's Mission has a lot in common with Jackson Heights. Nice Joe.My.God shot. Aren't we all connected by Joe in one way or the other. You make a nice slice of protein in that Marine sandwich.

Anonymous said...

Andres,

Me encanto tu Blog. Muy bueno.

Jaime Lopez