Something about a big apple?
Trip Start Dec 28, 2007
64Trip End Aug 28, 2008
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Once at JFK we hoped into a shuttle and after an hour tour of all the terminals we made it out towards Manhatten where the driver did some nifty traffic dodging. One noticeable thing is that there are so many taxis, and also so many dumb people who walk infront of them! We checked into our hotel on 8th Avenue and took a walk down to Times Square, the 'Crossroads of the World' to take in the sights of the Theater District and glittering plasma screens. We also found out that we were staying very near to a Fire Station where, nearly every hour if not more often, an appliance comes racing out onto the streets making one hell of a blasting noise. Fun to watch but glad that the hotel has good double-glazing so that the noise is blocked out!
Our first full day in the city took us on a walk around Midtown. First stop was the United Nations building on the east side having marvelled at the glass skyscraper belonging to Mr Trump. We continued with a look at the Chrysler Building's motor car motifs from ground level and then on to Grand Central Station to look at the vaulted main concourse and the 'God's Eye' image on the ceiling
Saturday was definitely a quieter day outside but all the tourists were out in force in lower Manhatten! We got on the subway down to the piers and took a Staten Island Ferry across the water to take a closer look at the Statue of Liberty (which seems smaller than we thought). Once back in the Financial District we took a walk to Ground Zero, the construction site of the former Twin Towers, and sat for a while with a whirly ice-cream to remember the events of 9/11. After a glimpse of the hole that is left by the absence of the two members of the New York skyline we got back on the subway and over to Brooklyn where we took a walk in the park and then headed back over the bridge. It is starting to show signs of disrepair but when you take into account that when it was built it was the world's first steel suspension you let it off for looking a little old. We then headed back to get ready for our evening at the theatre as after some dinner we headed to the New Amsterdam to see Mary Poppins on stage
Our last day had a 'Sunday' feel as we spent a few hours walking around Central Park enjoying the chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. We stopped off a several points including Strawberry Fields and the Lake to sit and enjoy the cooler temperature whilst watching New Yorkers and tourists mingling in the busy but relaxing surroundings. We even managed to find a jazz trio playing with a strange man dancing on his three-wheeled roller skates for a bit of entertainment, oh, and a couple out walking their parrotts (see pictures)?! Apart from a quick detour to take a look at the Carnegie Concert Hall we headed back to Midtown just avoiding the thunderstorm that had been threatening. We did the American thing and hid in a Starbucks, tried some strange new coffee mochiato thing with caramel and watched everyone else get drenched as they scrambled for plastic ponchos, he he.