In January Scotty and I had a long layover in NYC on our return from the States and we had such a good time we though we’d do it again. Once again we took the 62 bus to Newark’s Penn Station and then grabbed a train into the city. For anyone who has a long layover in Newark and wants to get into the city, this is the best way to go! It costs a total of $6.50 each way and takes the same amount of time as the “express” busses and trains that will charge you $25-45 for the same trip. We spent a few hours walking around, checking out the window displays and soaking up the energy of New York City in December. The streets were packed with tourists and shoppers and you could smell the chestnuts roasting on the street carts.
One thing about NYC is the variety of settings you walk past. For example, we walked through Bryant Park and saw a great skating rink, Christmas market and this:
A block later we passed this:
Of course we had to stop by Rockefeller Center.
My favorite site visited was St. Patrick’s Basilica. Every time I’ve been to NYC I’ve walked past it and witnessed weddings and other impressive affairs, but this time it was quiet and so we wandered in.
It is a beautiful island of quiet, meditation, and meaning in the midst of the chaos of the city. I wish I could have stayed for a Mass but we had a flight to catch!