Sunday, January 27, 2008

The Road to NY

We walked around quite a bit of New York yesterday. Our first stop was the New York Public Library--Jia was impressed with the architecture, I was more impressed by the Jack Kerouac exhibit. They now have "Beatific Soul" featuring the original scroll of On the Road unrolled in the center of the hall. It's amazing to see Kerouac's original words and corrections. There are also some photographs of Kerouac and other Beat writers along with some of his other work, including sketches and paintings. If we had more time, I would've spent significantly more wandering through his work.

After the long day of wandering around Grand Central Station, Times Square, Toys R Us, and some souvenir shops, we headed back to Jersey. Dinner was excellent at Skinner's Loft in Jersey City, just a short walk from the Grove Street Path station. The chicken, salmon, risotto, calamari, and spring rolls were all terrific--and that's not just because I haven't eaten Western food in quite a while. My brother told me that they also have a rooftop dining area for when the weather warms up--inside has a rather pleasant atmosphere for the winter.

We'll be back in the city for more adventures later in the week before the Super Bowl.

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