19.06.2010 - 19.06.2010 32 °C
There was a slightly earlier start to the day today as I was determined to get some exercise in this morning. I headed out from a run around the town of Huntington, assuming my sense of direction would be adequate enough for me to head out without having looked at a map. How wrong I was. It seems to be a running theme of my trip so far that I have a desperately poor sense of direction. I ended up being out for well over an hour, most of which was spent asking for directions.
Another trip into Manhattan today, but this time a start in smelly Chinatown. I started off walking East along Canal Street, walking north and south occasionally to wander through markets and stalls. Chinatown is enormous. When I cut north I had at least hoped to find some reminence of Little Italy - not a chance. Chinatown, perhaps as an omen to the growing strength of China itself, has competley engulfed the area.
I turned east on Prince Street and walked through Nolita, where I came across an improptu BMX stunts event taking place in a blocked off street. Sitting watching it gave some welcome relief from the intense heat. I picked up my feet and walked north on 3rd Avenue, which to my surprise had been cut off between 10th and 14th Streets. There was an enournous open air market and mini-festival taking palce and seemed to feature everything you would expect in New York City - Mexicans selling burritos and sweetcorn, tacky tourist T-shirts, hot dog vendors, homemade lemonade stands and I could go on and on.
Once I hit 14th Street I cut west and made the short journey to Union Square. Whether it was the young people with signs advertising Free Hugs, the Indian band playing music under a tree, the artists set up paiting the monument to George Washington with the Empire State Building in the background, the older people playing chess on permanenet concrete boards or the farmers' market taking place in the north west corner, Union Square is a very relaxing place. I stayed there for a while, just soaking in the atmosphere and evening sun before making my way back to Long Island.
Here's hoping I don't need the aftersun ...