The New York Greeter
Last night we really enjoyed Stomp. If I had known in advance it had 8 performers who used percussion involving everyday objects such as brooms, garbage cans and paper and not a single word was spoken I would have been reluctant to attend. In fact, it was all these things but was energetic, humorous, clever and very entertaining.
Returning home late on the subway was not a problem. It was safe and there were crowds of people around. They say it is a city that never shuts down. We were amazed by the piles of black garbage bags and rubbish stockpiled on the footpaths for later collection. Where does all this rubbish go?
After a wonderful performance of Stomp last night at the Orpheum Theatre, this morning we met up with our Big Apple Greeter. Big Apple Greeter is a non-profit organization that matches visitors with friendly and enthusiastic New Yorkers who are happy to share the city they love with families, friends, and individuals traveling solo. A visit with a Greeter leaves a lasting impression of the city, the warmth of its people, and the energy and diversity of its neighborhoods, which each visitor carries forever and communicates to others.
The New Yorkers who serve as Greeters are all volunteers, come from varied backgrounds and can welcome visitors in over 20 languages. Greeters and visitors are matched according to language, neighborhoods requested, and interests, when possible.
We were extremely fortunate to be allocated Gordon Suber a New Yorker of 25 years. What Gordon doesn't know about New York isn't worth knowing. Gordon said he has a choice of who he greets so he exercises this option.
Gordon met us at our hotel and from there we went to Columbia University at Upper West Side then downtown to East Village. We took the subway Uptown to 116th Street where we walked around the village and walked though the grounds of Columbia University.
Along the way, we came across the restaurant made famous through the Seinfeld series.
After lunch in a small pizza place which has won best pizza in New York for the last three years we went to Chinatown and Little Italy. This Pizerria has been voted the best pizza for the last three years in New York. The walls inside were adorned with many celebrities who had eaten there.
We then went to Ground Zero and the near completed One World Trade Centre Building.
We visited the Financial District also known as Wall Street.
After stopping for a beer/coke at Fraunces Tavern we then caught the subway back to Times Square.
We can't wait until the hop on hop off buses tomorrow so we can explore these neighbourhoods in more depth. Thanks, Gordon for a wonderful day of sightseeing in New York.