The Big Apple....

Trip Start May 20, 2012
Trip End May 28, 2012

Flag of United States  , New York
Friday, May 25, 2012

After a long and delayed flight we arrived late into New York on Thursday night. Outside the terminal we took a taxi to our accommodation in 107th Street, Upper Manhattan. The taxi drivers driving skills were poor and he could not keep even foot pressure on the accelerator as we jolted for over an hour into the city. At this stage Jono was not feeling flash at all and by the time we reached the hostel he had a full blown flu. Dominoes filled our stomachs before we crashed out after a long flight across America from coast to coast.

Day 1
The following morning we decided that Jono needed a rest day to kick his flu so we did not venture far and stayed at our hostel all day watching movies and snacking on American treats. A short stroll to the drug store was all that we accomplished to get some pain relief drugs. However, we did find one of New York's many market stores and ventured inside after seeing the appealing fresh fruit displayed on the sidewalk. This was called Westside market and inside we were amazed at the variety of fresh produce, fruit, cheese, bread, meat etc available in such a small store. Unlike typical supermarkets this was like a farmers markets squeezed inside a small store in New York City, amazing.

Day 2
Today we needed to get out and see the city. Jono was feeling better and still had his pain killers for his headaches and fever. We walked from our hostel downtown to Times Square to pick up our New York Attractions Pass from Planet Hollywood. Firstly we visited Madame Tussaud's wax museum. It was pretty cool to get photos with the likes of Albert Einstein all the way to Tu Pac. Anita was very sacred when we entered the scream house which was supposed to be scary but was like 10m long and not scary at all. From here we caught the hop on hop off bus around the corner to the Empire State Building. Outside was a massive line but we decided to line up and 10 minutes later we were inside the front door. But there were more lines inside, more lines on the next floor (tickets office), security lines and lines for the elevator. Three hours later we made it to the 86th floor observatory. We spent fifteen minutes admiring views over the city including the oasis that is Central Park. After wasting the majority of the day to go up a building, we caught the bus further downtown towards the 9/11 memorial. To actually see this you have to book so we just walked through the area and admired the new World Trade towers being constructed. We were too late to catch the ferry to the Statue of Liberty so we ventured into the subway and caught it back to our hostel, easy mate.

Day 3
We got up early and caught the subway down to South Ferry to make sure we caught one of the first ferries over to the Statue of Liberty. Apart from the statue itself there was not a lot else to look at on the island. Unfortunately for us they were part way through some restoration work on the base platform so we could not go up inside the statue to the top of her crown. The ferry then took us to Ellis Island to the immigration museum and learnt about early New York settlers that came from all over the world. Next we returned to Times Square to do a bit more exploring, including the M&M's store. After bustling our way around Times Square, avoiding the street vendors (one of which decided that I was a rapper and should be called MC McLovin' just to get our attention), we made our way to the Museum of National History on the west side of Central Park. Here we made our way around the planetarium part of the museum first. We spent a lot of time here because we did not have a map and the museum turned out to be a bit of a maze (we may have got a bit lost on a number of occasions). However, it was pretty much the best museum we had ever been to. Anita had a blast showing me all the displays from things she teaches in class, and wished she could take her classes there too. Back to our hostel we freshened up and headed to very popular taco restaurant. Every time a table left it was quickly filled with others off the street. After a variety of amazing taco flavours we settled our bill complete with tip and headed back across the road for sleep.

Day 4
We flew out of New York later in the evening but not till 10:30pm so we basically had the whole day in the city. We didn't want to venture too far, so we went for a walk through Central Park and ended up walking the whole length of the park. This was an amazing escape from the concrete jungle of the city and we had never seen so many runners and cyclist making use of this green space. It did happen to be Memorial Day so I think the majority of the people in the city were outside enjoying the sunshine. Back in the center of town we found a restaurant and ordered ourselves a famous New York pizza. This pizza was almost the size of the table itself as we hoped that it would be. Barely able to walk we headed back to the hostel to pick up our luggage from the basement crawling with massive roaches and caught our shuttle to the airport once more. Good Bye New York........hello London!!

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Tyron on

Far out that's a massive pizza! Look forward to seeing you both in a few weeks :)

jono.anita87 on

Yup, it was pretty good considering it cost us $ well spent. Caught up with Alex today and looking forward to seeing you in London.....such an awesome city.

Susan on

Some great pics in there - especially the one where Anita is wearing whitesocks with her jandals (oh, whoops think they're golf tan lines)
I am glad Jono is feeling better, drugs are good eh:-)
NZ markets are nothing compared to what you'll see over there. Sounds like you are getting some good kms of walking in. ... onto to england now?

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