Manhattan Mermaid

Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
Trip End Mar 15, 2007

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

While in Washington I met Shelly from Vancouver and Lee from Korea who were now both staying at this same hostel in New York, not exactly a coincidence though after we were looking for the best place to stay together - the free breakfast won it over for Lee and I.

Heading out together we aimed for the UN Building finding it looking a little colourless with no flags outside today. Inside we opted for a tour of the place finding first though that they did not accept my student card which I'd never had a problem with before, even in China, although they did think it was a driving license. They were pretty stubborn about it as well, guess the UN does not negotiate. The tour was hardly worth the money anyway just being led from one council room to another as seen on TV and that was about it. Lee did buy a mini North Korean flag in the gift shop though sticking it in his bag which looked even better as he posed outside the army recruitment place in Times Square.

From the international ground at the UN we wandered back down 42nd street stopping at the grand Grand Central Station and the equally grand New York Public Library. With the Chrysler Building towering overhead we rocked on over to the Rockefeller centre finding the smallest ice rink ever and another tall building. So going to have a painful crick in the neck after my time here with all the upwards staring.

Doing some window shopping down 5th Avenue we had to stop for a hotdog and pretzel (you know, when in Rome) with the New York hotdog stand living up to its movie reputation, in other words doubt I will ever have another.

Just off 5th Avenue was the Sony Wonder Lab complete with a giant Spider-man on the wall but it was the inside we came to see full of Sony's latest and greatest tech. Well latest and greatest if big hair and shoulder pads were still the rage.

Lee decided to go back to the hostel after not feeling to good (hotdog anyone?) so Shelly and I hopped over to the Brooklyn Bridge to take a wander over it to Brooklyn also getting our first glimpse of the Statue of Liberty out in the bay near the far side. The sun was just setting at this point giving us a great view back towards Manhattan from the riverside in Brooklyn taking in the famous view looking even more brilliant as night fell.

Being a Saturday night we wondered where do people go in New York figuring that Time Square was a good place to start. Seemed like everyone else had the same idea as we made our way through the masses stopping off at the M&M store for a photo with the green M&M girl (bet it's a bloke in that suit) before going for some grub.

Searching for some cheesecake place Shelly had been recommended we settled on a pretty nice place just up from Times Square for a huge pizza between us with their underlined expected tip percentage on the bill being almost as much as the meal itself. Must have spent a good percentage of my own North American budget on tips alone.

We had heard about some club downtown with a mermaid behind the bar which pretty much wrapped up the decision of where to go tonight. After a mini tour through some of Manhattan's smaller back streets we managed to find the place only to not find it since it had now be replaced by a different club altogether. We did wonder what had become of the mermaid though. I wonder who was in that green M&M suit?

Back to Times Square again (really am attracted to shiny things) we found a decent little bar just off it to have a laugh and drink till the early morning being glad that the subway here runs 24 hours. What a fantastic city.
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