I had no idea the battery would last so long
After a slow start -- a.k.a. three people sleeping on an L-shaped couch chair hybrid arrangement and waking up to ten alarms and resting but not sleeping for a few hours -- we went to get brunch at Le Petit, but "there was just no way". Instead we walked a few --- a.k.a. ten or fifteen -- more blocks. Eschewing pizzarias, donut houses, and chinese restaurants, we continued on to Harvest where the brunch specials included pumpkin pancakes and huevos rancheros.
The pumpkin pancakes were recieved with mixed reviews. Aaron liked them (he lives in New York) the others (tourists) were not unanimous in their approval. At least the waitress knew that tourists were in the building. That is apparently an important piece of information to be conveyed at every opportunity.
Jenna returned to the house to allow her feet to heal and the rest of us returned to the city to check out modern art. Before the modern art, we experienced a marvel of civic engineering by walking over the Brooklyn Bridge. On the way to the bridge, we walked through beautiful neighborhoods with expensive fines for honking, and an up-and-coming neighborhood (DUMBO) with world famous chocolate shops. We split a cup of hot chocolate that will be with us for the next five years if not the rest of our lives.
Though we had ambitions to conquer multiple museums, the uphill spiral of the Guggenheim was enough for one day. We enjoyed picking out artwork for Aaron's apartment, trying to guess the titles of abstract paintings, and racing down the ramp. Often the titles were as entertaining as the artwork.
After the museum, we thought it would be fun to walk through Central Park. Until it started raining. In a sequence of events that is not clear to me in recollection, we retreated from the park to Park avenue and started walking to Rockefeller center. No one can really remember why we didn't choose a more interesting avenue that would have afforded us opportunities to duck into stores or cafes when the sporadic torrential rain made its regular appearances.
What happened in place of this unformed plan: Four people sharing three umbrellas, deciding to walk about 30 blocks, and eventually giving up after (not before) getting fairly wet, taking a cab to Rockefeller center, securing upstairs table at Dean & Deluca, and eating and drinking to avoid the rain.
There was a cool Murakami installation by the place where people would be ice skating if it wasn't summer.
From Rockefeller Center, we walked to Times Square, looked at the neon greatness, saw a giant ferris wheel inside Toys R Us, checked out the horrible merchandise in the MTV store, and returned to the apartment with enough time to meet up with Jenna & Claudio, watch an episode of Sex & the City, and change into dry clothes.
We took a taxi (Suburban style) to meet Mark in