For this year’s trek we decided to stretch things out. In addition to flying to our initial destination which was BWI (Baltimore-Washington International airport) our mode of getting around was Amtrak. Of course getting to/from Canada we rented a car. Once we got back to the states we opted for public transportation via metro (District of Columbia and New York City) and resorted to a lot, and I mean a lot of walking – based on our smartwatches in seven days we trekked 94.3 miles walking. Oh yeah, one confession but only due to several emergencies where time was not on our side – we opted for Uber on three occasions. Trekking is not for the weak or feeble or those who enjoy the usual comforts of travel. On the other hand our style allows us to experience many things most miss. As usual once we got back into the District of Columbia we were joined by our foodie extraordinare, Renie Hale. As we moved to New York we were joined by my sister Angela.
New York City
District of Columbia
Highlights of the trek
We knew this trek would require more laser-focused planning. Our funds were limited as was our time but we were willing to move it from 5 days to 7 days. This allowed us to visit Canada, New York and some places we simply did not have time in previous treks. The highlights are goals of this trek was:
Experience the Amtrak/Acela
Go to the CITIFIELD Rotunda, home of the New York Mets
CitiField pays homage to Jackie Robinson and even though it is the home field for the New York Mets, the stadium resembles historic Ebbetts Field which is where the Dodgers played.
Visit the new Jackie Robinson Museum in New York City.
This venue just opened and luckily we timed our trek to be able to see the exterior. Luckily one of management staff saw us peering through the windows and came outside to tell us about the museum. It is easy to find and right off the “canal” street subway stop as the entrance is on Vartick Avenue.
Visit the Capitol and go to Statuary Hall to see the new statue of Dr. Bethune. This indeed was the historic highlight as it was recently installed.
This installation had been delayed for over a year due to the insurrectionist and Trump acolytes who damaged the Capitol after falling prey to Donald Trump’s hustle that the 2020 election was stolen. Anyway, there is a process to enter this sacred building. Your congressional rep must coordinate your visit and you will receive a letter (via email) granting entry. The statue of Dr. Bethune representing the state of Florida is magnificent and very historic as she replaces a confederate general (each state is allowed two statues).
Visit Metropolitan AME as they just recently started back to having full worship.
Built in 1838 this historic cathedral is one of our must-stops when in DC. Due to Covid they recently started in-service worship so we were blessed to be able to be in attendance.
Visit Brooklyn to see where Judith lived
Arriving in 1972 this is the spot she called home and it had been years since she last saw the property.
Visit the Goodman League at Barry Farms to see some playoff games.
The housing projects were removed four years ago but the spirit of the Goodman League remains. It is outdoor basketball at its finest and represents more than just a game played within the rectangular courts. The diversity of the community is on full display. Miles Rawls and his team bring a first-class operation for all who are bold enough to go “inside the gates” at the BF arena to take part in this cultural phenomenon.
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Our Foodie experience
As you can imagine burning 94 miles requires a lot of fuel so yes we did lots of eating and drinking. Some spots were our favs and of course part of trekking or globetrekking is experiencing new venues. Most are good and a few were just terrible so in fairness we attempt to communicate accuracy……..based on our perspective.
Rhode Island NE, District of Columbia
Rita’s was a great find by Renie. Even though they are franchised you will appreciate their consistency. We opted for their famous Gelati which is 1/2 Gelato & 1/2 shaved ice – refreshing and outstanding.
Oooh’s & Aaah’s specializes in soul food or down home southern – very tasty.
1213 U St. N.W. Washington, DC 20009
A DC institution and one of the best half-smokes to be found.
241 W 42nd Street New York, NY 10036
Known for tasty Q and amazing cocktails. Located in Times Square a great find by Angela.
6526 Holabird Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224
Jimmy’s is a Baltimore institution known for their great crab presentations.
7002 Arundel Mills Circle Hanover, MD 21076
Located in the Live Casino complex, great selections at affordable prices.
K Coffee & Bagel – 7th Avenue & 34th Street – Times Square, NY
Located across the street from the Moxy, this is a great option versus the more fancy coffee shop located next door.
473 BERGEN STREET – Brooklyn, NY
Great options and muffins as big as your head. Plenty of variety at affordable prices.
328 Malcolm X Blvd New York, NY 10027
A Harlem institution, Sylvia’s has earned its reputation. Food is great and a nice variety of southern specialties.
41 Seaver Way – Flushing, NY 11368
We opted for the philly cheesesteak which was very tasty and topped it off with a Brooklyn lager.
50 Massachusetts Ave NE Union Station, L027, Washington, DC 20002
A great light lunch while waiting for the train.
A bit pricey but great presentation. Now, the rolls are the best I’ve had in years.
Barry Farms Housing Project – Anacostia, District of Columbia
This is one of my favs for all of those hard-working folk who bring great food to those watching games at the Barry Farms arena. Slim only serves platters and you get bang for your buck and during this trek his homestyle mac and cheese complete with his country crust made for an unbelievable meal. What a bargin for $20 bucks.
This is a must-stop. I opted for the southern fried chicken, mac and cheese and greens.
Jab’s Ice Cream
A great change of pace. Shaved ice seemed a bit pricey but it was hot/muggy and this offering was very tasty while hitting the spot.
1454 Rue Peel, Montréal, Qc H3A 1T5
A very nice cafe in Montreal. Service was outstanding and fish and chips was tops as was the chilled wine. The cesar salad was very tasty as it came with bacon bits.
Their cafe is adequate but could use some creativity in their menu selections.
This is a historic venue but they are in desperate need of some find tuning. We opted for the pizza and chicken tenders and while tasty we were disappointed of the limited menu selections or everything being one dimensional of either being fried or baked in a pizza over.
Very tasty but a bit pricey.
1472 Peel St, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1S8, Canada
A great cafe and coffee bar. I was able to grab some Lily espresso sets.