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My home for three nights on this trip into New York was the
Q4 Hotel/Hostel at Queens Plaza in Long Island City. I tend to be very stingy
when it comes to paying for accommodation even if I’ll do an occasional splurge
on dinner and drinks. I’m used to using hostels when I travel overseas in more
expensive countries like those in Europe, and have come to realize in recent
years that New York has some such decent options as well that ...
... fire escape and walked down the stairs and out onto the street.
We decided to head home and walked the ten blocks for a rest.
After a rest, we thought we'd go out for dinner and then check out the Christmas windows in a number of the stores. By going out late we thought we'd miss most of the crowds.
We had dinner at Osteria al Doge. A nice little Italian place.
After dinner we caught the train to Lexington and Fifth avenue and started a walk looking at ...
... type of food. We had little hot dog pastry rolls, chicken wings, a delish vanilla milkshake, some Colombian food I don't remember the name of but wasn't so great, ramen burger (also not that great but had a lot of hype so we had to try!) and two delish donuts. Pretty successful lunch outing! Just down the road was the Brooklyn brewery, so we headed there. After a 45 minute wait the security dude super nicely snuck us in on a tour, which was really interesting! I had no idea how ...
... getting back on. The ferry can take lots of people and it was by no means full. I went to the front and enjoyed the view as we made our way back to Manhattan Island.
Caught a train from Staten Island ferry terminal to near Wall Street. It was amazing to see so many people in this area. The New York Stock Exchange is no longer open to the public.
A walk from there to the 9/11 Memorial. This is a very simple but very powerful memorial. A big hole in the ground ...
... gift to honour the ideals of freedom and liberty. The idea was led by Edouard de Laboulaye in 1865 and sculptor Auguste Barthholdi created what we see today on the outside. Another famous Frenchman Gustave Eiffel designed the statue's internal framework (yes, Mr Eiffel Tower himself!) as she is hollow inside with just a 2.4mm thick copper shell. The Liberty project took 21 years in total to complete and she was finally dedicated on October ...