New York Rocks (as if you didn't know!)

Trip Start Sep 07, 2009
Trip End Nov 17, 2009

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Chelsea Lodge, Manhattan

Flag of United States  , New York
Monday, September 7, 2009

After an eventful start (Jim breaking the suitcase zip minutes before we were due to leave for the airport!), we finally arrived 7 hrs later at JFK. The flight was fine, not too much turbulence, but needless to say I hated every second of it (seriously contemplating cancelling our flight from Miami to Chicago and getting the Greyhound instead!). Jim also suffered with sinus pressure and blocked ears quite badly and he was in agony for the last 30 mins of the flight. After landing, and once through the lengthy immagration process, we took a cab (with Mr Miagi as our driver!) from JFK to our hotel. Wow...what a rush to see New York rise up infront of you as you cross the bridge over to Manhattan. It seemed so familiar, yet so different from anything we've ever seen before.

Our hotel is a gorgeous New York brownstone building run by a lovely gay man (you can tell he likes Jim already!). Our room is small, but full of character, really clean and with everything you need (except a toilet, which is shared with other rooms on our floor.).

After a quick nap (sorry Annie, I know you said to stay awake!), we went out to explore the neighbourhood and get something to eat. The Chelsea area is amazing and a million times better than we thought (despite seeing numerous streetviews on google!). It is so pretty with great restaurants - everything from Cuban to Japanese to Thai. We plumped for a 'Dallas BBQ', which is a chain bbq shack type place. It was packed (even at 5pm) with people from all walks of life and some of the fattest people we've ever seen in our lives! Although people had warned us about portion sizes, nothing could have prepared us for Jim's plate of bbq beef was like half a cow on his plate, with another huge plate of fries and cornbread! It was hilarious! Jim ate two ribs and gave up! The waiter was brilliant and we got chatting to him, he asked us if we would like him to wrap-up the leftovers to takeout...we said no!

On our way back from the retaurant we stopped at a cafe to watch the world go was so NY...skateboarders, fashionistas, down-and-outs, gay couples, but such as lovely residential atmosphere. We also found some co-op community gardens and there were a number of families having their own bbq's outside for labour day. It's hard to really desciribe what it's like, but next time we'll remember to take our camera (doh!), so we can post some pictures up...

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