New York, New York!

Trip Start Jun 13, 2006
Trip End Jun 12, 2007

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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Alex: New York was great - I would highly recommend it - and it is all strangely familiar from all the movies! My only suggestion would be don't go in July or August, it has been unbearably hot and humid, even the breeze wasn't refreshing because it was blowing hot air at you!

We did all the touristy things you would expect. Our hostel was near Central park so we had a walk through (well through part of it at least - it is huge).
We also had a walk along 5th Ave so we popped into Tiffany's but, you will all be disappointed to hear, no purchases were made...; We went into Trump tower, where to my amusement they were advertising Donald's new after shave Eau De Trump (and I am not joking - hee hee hee), also went into the Rockerfellow centre which was a little classier that Trump tower I think and just generally gaupped at the other sky scrappers.
Obviously we went up the Empire State building we weren't expecting much after the CN Tower but it was good - you know what you are looking at a bit more than from the CN tower - movies again I think, Sleepless in Seattle lied though - you can't just walk in and get in the elevator you have to queue to go through security, queue to get your ticket, queue to get in the lift and then queue to get a good spot at the top all the time being told off by arsey security guards for sitting down in the wrong place or similar infractions.
We also went Art Gallery crazy and we went round the Guggenheim and then also went round the Museum of Modern Art when Dean realised they had his favorite set of Kandinsky paintings. The Gugennheim is an amazing building but the MOMA had the better collection, including the Waterlilies which was impressive to see.
Being too cheap to pay to go to Ellis or Libety islands we caught the (free) Staton Island Ferry which gives you really good views of New York, The Statue of Liberty (which is surprisingly far from Manhatten) and Elis Island. It was also nice because you get to see some really good sights and sit down at the same time!

My highlight was drinking in an old speak-easy in Greenwich Village, it obviously wasn't on the tourist trail and you really had to know about it to find it mainly because there was no sign of any kind outside. We knew the street it was on and the streets it was between and we still had to ask someone (turns our we were stood right outside)! Anyway - lots of beer was drank (micro brewed by the bar) - some of it on the house for some inexplicable reason and we ended up joining the group on the table next to us for a game of asshole (a card game) - I am please to say I was president twice!

Another place we will definitely be coming back to!

Dean: The name of the speak-easy was "Chumley's" and it was a really nice place - We highly recommend it if you are in New York at any time. It was also really good to see the Kandinsky paintings, I've been waiting to see them for a good 10 years.
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