. When we arrive at our stop and exit the subway, we get our first glimpse of Yankee Stadium, it looks a lot newer than what we remembered from 2003, either it's a new ground or the existing Stadium as been refurbished, either way it was a great facility. We walk up the ramps and find our seats which are pretty high up, but still provide a very close view of the ground. The kids love it, the music in between pitches is catchy and Lisiana finds herself dancing most of the time, Arion is digging into popcorn and we enjoy the first four innings with the sun out making it quite pleasant. The next three innings, the sun is now gone and there is a little breeze and the kids are starting to get a little uncomfortable, so we decide to leave at the end of the 7th innings with the Yankees 4 - 3 up against the Minnesota Twins. As we're waiting for our train to head back into midtown, I notice it's packed full of Yankee supporters, looks like we weren't the only ones feeling a little cold. Riding along a packed Subway, Zinije and I decide to take the kids to see the Empire state building which means we get off at 34th St. As we exit the subway, the sun is partially out and it's less breezy in the midtown so Empire State Observatory, here we come. About 50m from the door I get stopped by a salesman trying to sell me Empire State Building tickets to fast track the queue as there is an hour wait and we could see a few other things which I'm not interested in for three times the cost. I politely tell him I'm not interested and walk towards the main entrance, he tells me your poor kids will have to wait for an hour, I ignore him and walk off
. I don't remember city being like this 8 years ago, with salesmen on every corner harassing you, I don't normally trust these type of guys and my hunch is correct. The wait for the empire state building was only 2 minutes and as our ears pop when we reach the 86th floor, we head for the south view of the city first. It's great up hear, the first thing you realise while taking in the amazing views is how much quieter it is 86 floors up from the ground. We spend at least an hour enjoying the views, taking photo's and come back down to earth as it's almost dinner time and the kids are hungry. As we are heading to our restaurant, we walk through Bryant Park, a place Zinije and I used to stop for coffees. There is major renovation going on as half the park has been dug up, but we enjoy the remaining half with a quick spin at a merry go round. We decide to have dinner at a restaurant called Juniors who are famous for their cheesecakes, sadly I never tried the cheesecakes when I used to live here, so we weren't going to miss out this time. We thoroughly enjoy our starter and mains, but when we get to our cheesecake, it was truly the best we've ever had. I don't think, I've ever had a cheesecake so flavoursome before and would highly recommend everyone to try it if you're ever in New York. After dinner, we walk off our food around Times Square, which is packed and return to our hotel to complete another day.
As we wake up this morning, our interest is in how the weather will be today, more specifically will it rain or not. We are planning on seeing a Yankee baseball game and as last nights game was postponed due to rain, I did not want to buy the tickets ahead of time just in case. As we walk to the hotel restaurant for breakfast, I approach the ticket window and inquire about the baseball tickets and they assure me it will be a dry day and the baseball game at 1pm will go ahead as planned. We buy 4 tickets and walk over to the restaurant to have some breakfast as we discuss our plans for baseball, most importantly how we're going to get there. Using the subway has been the easiest and fastest way of moving around New York city so far, so we catch the Orange D subway line from the conner of 42nd St and 6th Ave which takes us straight to Yankee Stadium which is on 161St. I'm comfortable we're on the right train as it's packed full of Yankee supporters talking about their beloved Yankees, just as we do on our trains heading for the MCG