August 30, 2015

Urban Exploring In NYC...

Because Phil and I like to go on little mini adventures, back in January we promised each other that we'd set aside a handful of days throughout the summer that we would dedicate to exploring various local-ish locations. And since I had planned our Montauk and Brooklyn adventures back in June (Which you can read about here if you haven't already) this adventure was Phil's to plan, so he decided that we were going to hop into his car and go "Urban Exploring" in New York City.

The first stop of the day was Fort Tryon Park in Washington Heights, where we visited The Cloisters (The Cloisters is a museum that is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, used to exhibit the museum's extensive collection of art, architecture and artifacts from Medieval Europe), went for a walk around the park and had fake brunch at the New Leaf Restaurant & Bar, which was meh.
After lunch we walked back to the car and headed over to Grant's Tomb, or General Grant National Memorial as it is now known, to see the finally resting spot (And the largest mausoleum in North America) of the 18th President of the United States of America, Ulysses Simpson Grant and his wife Julia.
When we were done admiring all of the marble work at Grant's Tomb we headed across the street to The Riverside Church. Which is a big beautiful church that was the site of Jackie Robinson's funeral back in 1972, as well as where in 1967 Martin Luther King Jr. voiced his opposition to the Vietnam War in what is now known as the Riverside Church speech.
We walked around the church for a little bit before hopping back into the car and stopping at the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, which commemorates Union Army soldiers and sailors who served in the American Civil War.
After checking out the monument (And watching some shirtless dude practicing with a bullwhip Phil and I dropped Justin off at Grand Central Terminal because he was going to a Mets game that evening, then drove back home because we were tired.

It was a fun little day in New York City. I always have a great time exploring with Phil and Justin, so I can't wait until our next little mini adventure day.


  1. What a fun day! I need to do a little bit of urban exploring. There's a lot to discover in LA that I've never seen.

    1. Oooh that actually sounds like fun. I would love to know if you do.