This time, while spending the holidays with my sister, I decided to visit a neighborhood that I haven't been to before: Upper Manhattan. I am talking about the area around Columbia University.
The first thing I did was walk all the way to the bank of the Hudson River and visit Grant's Tomb. This is a huge mausoleum where the body of Ulysses S. Grant is buried. They say that this is the largest tomb in the country. I was the only one there when I visited, until a lone jogger came in for a break.
After that, I headed for some lunch. I went to a cafe, and had Japanese lunch while I was reading my book.
Then, I walked across the road to Columbia University. I entered the Low Building, and admired the columns, the statues, and the architecture.
Finally, I went to visit the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. This apparently is the largest church in the country. And indeed, it is huge. The church had its full blast of Christmas decor and music. The organs were blaring, and somehow, I think that the music that was playing that time was rather avant-garde, not really your traditional organ music. There were large puppets that were being prepared for a play in the afternoon. The chapels around the altar were designed and decorated differently from each other.
After that visit, it took me to mid-afternoon, and so I decided to head back downtown, given the fact that I had to meet my sister in Greenwich Village for a show we were to watch.