New York, New York!

Trip Start Apr 15, 2009
Trip End Jul 10, 2009

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Monday, May 4, 2009

On Tuesday, 28th April we flew from San Fran to New York, and we have to say that American Airlines have really dropped into the budget airline category! Pretty dodgy all round, but it got us there safe and sound, so that's all you want really.

We arrived late in the afternoon - just in time to encounter New York City at peak hour - so it took us nearly two hours to get from the airport into midtown Manhattan!! I have never seen drivers like it, and nearly every car has some kind of dent in it. Our hotel was on West 57th St, just around the corner from Central Park. We checked in, then went searching for a bit of dinner, which we found at a sports bar (Mickey Martin's) across from the park. I consumed my first Cosmopolitan cocktail in New York, just to pay homage to Carrie from "Sex and the City"!

The next day was our first full day in NY - we jumped straight on the faithful hop on-hop off bus (love those buses!) and headed on the Downtown loop. We covered a lot of the famous landmarks - Madison Square Garden, Empire State Building, and Times Square. We stopped at Ground Zero and checked out the World Trade Centre sight....a very eerie and strange feeling there. They have set up a memorial and visitor's centre at St Patrick's Church, which is situated across the street from where the towers stood, yet by some miracle was left standing and completely intact. To see real photos and memories of so many people that died was quite emotional. We had a look over the site where they are now rebuilding towers that are even bigger than the ones that fell (how typically American) - they don't seem to have completed a huge amount, yet the finish date is 2014...there is lots to be done!!

From there we walked a few blocks down to Wall St, which surprised both of us - no big street, just a small one tucked away almost!! Took a few photos there, after walking around for about half an hour looking for the famous Bull!!! We found it eventually, another two streets down. From there it was back on the bus, and we finished the Downtown loop. That night we went to a small Italian restaurant next door to our hotel for dinner.

On Thursday we did the Uptown loop on the bus. This covered the area of Harlem - predominantly black population - and the number of museums located on the left side of Central Park. We also saw where John Lennon lived (and was later shot). We then headed down to the Staten Island Ferry terminal, where we caught the free ferry across to Staten Island (funnily enough) - you can view the Statue of Liberty in all her glory for nothing. It was absolutely bloody freezing on the boat, but at least we got to see it!! We caught one of the buses back up to the Rockefeller Centre, where we went 67 floors up to the tri-level observation deck. Again very cold, but we had a magnificent view of the city - it really does go for miles! It was a shame it was so cloudy, but it was great. From there we walked on to Times Square...absolutely amazing at night!! Jase was beside himself looking at all the big screens :) We grabbed some dinner at a "diner" on our way back to the hotel - just for the genuine New York experience!

Friday was designated "Shopping Day", much to my excitement! We had a nice romantic walk through Central Park (sshhh, don't say romantic in front of Jase!), and visited Strawberry Fields (John Lennon memorial). From there we went to the huge Apple store (more gadgets for Jase), FAO Schwarz (the famous toy store) and then my favourite part of the day - Tiffany's 5th Avenue!! Beautiful store (could almost see Audrey Hepburn swanning through the doors like she did!) and I will admit I made a small purchase :) Unfortunately, the purchase wasn't as large as the gentlemen next to us, who proceeded to choose a necklace and the matching earrings which totalled $29,000 - all paid for by a platinum American Express card - sigh, a girl can only dream....

We made our way down to Macy's (7 floors of everything), and then braved the peak hour crowds to have a quick look into Penn Station - quite possibly the biggest train station we are ever likely to see! And the people - there were so so many people - I will admit we stayed long enough down there to take 2 photos, then we made our way out pretty damn quickly. I felt we could have been trampled at any moment!! On the way back to our room, Jase made a purchase of his own - a new Blackberry phone - his version of Tiffany's :) !!!

We had a quiet dinner at a little cafe down the road from the hotel, and toasted to New York - we had such a great time, it really is a beautiful city, and you could certainly never be bored!! We were only there for three full days, but we saw everything and did everything we wanted to....we will definitely be back to New York, New York!!
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trevorrose on

From Dadsie!!
'Bout time you updated!!!! But the pics are great!

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