Don’t Flush It all Away!
This Queens, New York, YMCA is worth finding
Closer to our temporary residence we find the perfect snack spot, Hot Bagels (144-14 Northern Blvd.) located in 7-store strip mall. The great assortment of bagels includes standards like poppy seed, and whole wheat and a hard core version of all dressed covered in a variety of healthy seeds and shreds of slightly burnt strings of garlic. Lather on their home made garden vegetable cream cheese and you got lunch.
Their coffee was always fresh, and for sure the best tasting I’ve ever had in New York. Apart from bagels they bake muffins, birthday cakes, challah and danishes. This little family run bagel boutique is open seven days a week, starting at 5am! Two large coffees and two bagels with cream cheese was just under USD $8.
When not eating, my sis and I managed to rummage through many Korean supermarkets, stationary stores and boutiques. In a supermarket on Northern Blvd we loaded up on unique stocking stuffers like Korean toothpaste, giant sized boxes of Tic Tacs in which each mint is individually wrapped, and Chinese made ceramic mugs with inscriptions such ‘ten tips for a longer life’. We also made sure to use the gym every day.
What’s great about sleeping three floors above a gym is that you have no excuse not to work out. The gym opens early at 6am and closes at 10pm, and there are activities for everyone. You can do anything from simply walking on a treadmill to joining a spinning class, or playing basketball. One morning, while waiting to take in a yoga class, I watched a ‘Salsa Sunrise’ class in full swing. Most of the students were 50+, and there was one lady who looked like Tina Turner’s grandma in spandex. If old people in great shape don’t motivate you to work out, nothing will.
The Flushing YMCA is a great home base for anyone wanting to visit the Big Apple on a small wallet. For more info surf to: ymcanyc.org
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