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Let Google Do the Walking (map)

Did you know that google maps has a beta site to search walking directions!?

Whereas I’m married to HopStop for public transport directions and tend to search “more street walking/fewer transfers,” I discovered google’s new map feature for walking, great for a girl/mother on the go – especially with kids in tow, when one needs to plan ahead.

So here’s today’s itinerary, pbj-704927-main_fullthanks in great part to the magic of the internet:
The Peanut Butter & Co
240 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 677-3995
Greenwich Village, between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets, a block south of Washington Square Park and NYU.

And since it began as a sort of sunny and a not-quite freezing 40 degree day, after a late lunch, we planned to hoof it to the tip of the island and visit the skyscraper museum check the website for hours http://www.skyscraper.org/
39 battery park place
New York, NY 10007

Turns out, I’m the only one in my family who has voiced an interest in this museum despite the school boy’s knowledge of the tallest towers around the world, but we were to meet friends, young and old, for the afternoon so a peanut butter laden tummy and a playdate is good incentive to ponder the towers.

And then, thanks to google maps, I noted that the walking directions are in beta. The site says, “Use caution – This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths.”

Walking directions
TO 39 Battery Park Place FROM 240 Sullivan Street

BUT not so fast. I needed to heed google’s little warning about the path. Little did I realize that google maps didn’t recognize my destination address. Instead, it offered a choice and in haste, I selected 39 Park Place, oops.
1.Head southwest on Sullivan St towardBleecker St 0.5 mi
2.Slight left at 6th Ave/Ave of the Americas 0.4 mi
3.Slight right at Church St 0.4 mi
4.Turn right at Park Pl
Destination will be on the right 148 feet

The directions delivered us to an AT&T store where the staff welcomed and allowed us to use their computer to search for our destination. Still, many blocks north of where we were meant to be with a cold wind getting the best of our spirits, we grabbed a cab and relied on what we could have used in the first place, a laminated folding street map of NYC. Thankfully, the other mom in our gaggle had a map because our taxi driver had no idea how to get to Battery Park City.

Photo by Charles C. Ebbets for The New York Herald Tribune

Photo by Charles C. Ebbets for The New York Herald Tribune

The museum offers a small gallery space with some models, lots of images and some interactive features. There’s a good bookstore with lots of yes, books and architecture related toys and puzzles. Good for a rainy day or warm(er) day than today when you can stroll along the Battery Park esplanade or through Tribeca, taking in all the loft sites, high, low, new, and in between.

Have to say that the piece de la resistance of the day was the Peanut Butter Company in the Village. Our crowd sampled a fluffernutter, yum; the Elvis (crunchy peanut butter, honey and bananas), and a peanut butter BLT. I’d skip the tomato next time because the texture didn’t feel right on my tongue next to the crunchy sweet salty taste of the peanut butter, but bacon and peanut butter, that worked! The little sandwich shop is most crowded on Saturday afternoons but by 2 or 3pm, when we were there, the excitement died down and peanut butter lovers lolled around as they savored their gooey indulgences.

All in a days outing and then, home again, home again, jiggity jig.

The Colors are Changing


Is it me or is wordpress playing with the palette? Day before yesterday the “write page” was filled with hues of blues, mostly on the light side, while today it’s blue with orange – perhaps as a testimony to the Knicks need for a new manager. Isaiah Thomas was let go… no, I’m not a sports fan but the ten-year old shared the news with me before he said good morning earlier today.

Color is VERY important to this uptown girl, which might explain, thanks to the spring flowers in full bloom, why I’m so much happier these days.

The popeFEST continues at this end. Lot’s of motorcades, traffic stoppages etc yesterday. My favorite was upon crossing town from West to East yesterday afternoon on the M79 bus, the ten year old and I opted to walk South on Fifth Avenue rather than take wait for a bus. Once we hit 74th street, however, the metal barricades were up across the sidewalks (east and west sides of Fifth Ave) with multiple police people standing guard. The ka-razy thing was that we were able to board a bus and ride through the barricade, motor traffic was at a near standstill, however foot traffic was curtailed between 74 and 72. Guess how long it took us to travel two blocks… answer at end of post.

The 10 yr old and his dad are at Randalls island for baseball this morning, the 14 yr old slumbers. Plans for the day include a visit to Bloomingdales so that the 8th grader can finally purchase her spring dress for “middle school graduation” and my long awaited visit to Fifth Avenue for the Pope Parade. Then home to set the table for the sibs, cousins and elijah who will be joining us for dinner. Disfunction at it’s best. My plan is to make an effort to NOT take what anyone says personally, to celebrate freedom (honestly), and commit to not serving traditional Seder food ever again. I don’t like it and since my juice fast of two weeks back, the thought of eating meat repulses me…

By the way, I learned yesterday that His Holiness traveled from DC to JFK in the PopePlane. haven’t seen an image. Do you suppose it has an extra high ceiling so that he can stand throughout the journey, pope hat on. or is a 747, bubble top, sufficient?

The answer to the length of time it took to travel 2 blocks yesterday: 10 minutes.

It was fun, this is all fun.

next year in jerusalem.

xo UT

ps and speaking of changes in the layout of this page, what happened to the tags box??? this disarray is surely due to my generational handicap. i don’t suppose that you have encountered the same? have you?

Spring Forward

Downtown, forsythia in bloom

The forsythia are just about in bloom as noted in crosstown cab ride across the Park yesterday. I never appreciated them as a kid growing up in the suburbs of NYC. But seeing them yesterday reminded me of my sometimes kooky, but wonderful, mom who always lit up when her yellow blooms began to pop. Seeing the branches in transition made me smile. Spring just might be upon us… one can only hope. xo forsythia in bloom