A day in NYC and night in Madison Square Garden
On Tuesday I hopped on the Bolt Bus for $15 and rode up Interstate 95 from Baltimore to New York City. The original plan was for me to go up alone to shop and sightsee around NYC for 2 days. Then an awesome thing happened….my Iowa Hawkeyes made it to the Final Four of the NIT! And the best part was that they were playing Maryland. BC is a Maryland alum so he decided to accompany me on my journey.
This was my first time in Madison Square Garden. I had a great time. And Iowa won!
I wandered around The Garden before the game started. Unfortunately most of the delicious-looking food stands were closed (and I was hungry) so we got popcorn. The popcorn was actually the best I’ve had in a stadium ever. It kept BC in better spirits while Iowa tromped on Maryland. Ha!
After the game we went to a neighborhood bar in Midtown and got a beer. I should have opted for a New York brew but there was a new Dogfish Head (from Delaware) that I wanted to try. Aprihop was great! Highly recommended!
Our hotel in Midtown was called Pod 51. It was super-cheap ($110 on this night) and in a good area with lots of restaurants and bars around. Also around the corner is Ess-a-Bagel my very favorite bagel shop in the whole world.
The reason it is so cheap is that most rooms have shared bathrooms. They are super-clean and I’m used to Europe backpacking so I’m cool with it. BC was a little weirded out at first but got over it really quick.
And since I was originally planning on going by myself, I booked a room with bunk beds because it was cheaper. It was like we were back in college.
In the morning was bagel time. Ess-a-Bagel. Do it.
Next up was the 9/11 Memorial. We made reservations online to be sure we got it but it wasn’t too crowded so you could have gotten in without them.
It was a beautiful space fit for honoring those who lost their lives on 9/11 and in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
The Freedom Tower is getting very tall. It already towers over the rest of the financial district.
After our trip to the Financial District we hopped back on a bus to Baltimore. It was a quick, fun night in New York. One of the best things about living on the East Coast is that there is so much that is so close.