Last revised: November 12, 2011                                                                                    

Central Park

New York City's Central Park is often referred to as the city's 'backyard'. It was created in 1858 by Frederick Olmstead and Calvert Vaux and consists of 843 acres of a half million trees and shrubs, artificial lakes and over 30 bridges  and arches linking 58 miles (93km) of footpaths, bridle paths, and roads. In Summer the park is often several degrees cooler than city streets, and a great place to retreat from the noise and bustle and noises of Manhattan.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides looked like fun -- but a bit expensive ($40. for a 20-minute ride, and $60. for 45-minutes). Besides we needed to walk.

Looking across Central Park West towards 8th Ave, we saw several thousand runners in a 10k race fund-raiser for the Kidney Foundation.

Columbus Circle

Walking West to 8th Avenue we came to Columbus Circle. A huge marble statue of Christopher Columbus is perched on top of a tall granite column overlooking the plaza at the corner of Central Park .

Columbus Circle comprises one of the largest building projects in New York City, attracting national and international businesses. Nearby you'll find Hearst House and Trump International Hotel. Giant media company Time Warner has its headquarters here in an 80-story skyscraper. The Time Warner Center is also home to Jazz at the Lincoln Center.

Starbuck's 'Chai Tea Latte`' - (Karen's favorite)

After our walk up the Avenue of the Americas, and through the Central Park West, we were ready for coffee and a sweet. Here's our view from the 3rd floor coffee shop of Columbus Circle. The fabulous Whole Foods Market (Largest in New York City) was on the lower level - our next stop.

The Shops at Columbus Circle

The Shops at Columbus Circle has some of the biggest and most expensive names in retail: Williams-Sonoma, Coach, Bose, and Borders Books to name a few. The Shops at Columbus Circle also has New York City's largest grocery store (59,000 sq. ft.): Whole Foods Market. The mall is 2 city blocks long and four stories high.

One of the first shops we saw as we entered the Shops at Columbus Circle was Karen's favorite: Fresh Flowers (reminded her of when she worked downtown San Francisco).

Whole Foods Market @ Columbus Circle

Sushi Bar @ Whole Foods Market

Bakery @ Whole Foods Market

Soup Bar @ Whole Foods Market

After a fun few hours at the Shops of Columbus Circle, we took the Subway back down to Times square.

Last revised: November 12, 2011

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