New York City Day 2

Trip Start Sep 22, 2008
Trip End Jan 23, 2009

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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Well I woke with really aching feet, sore shoulders but like a warrior or a resilient Collingwood supporter I wanted to head on down to the Financial district.  I had a coffee at Herald Square which is as big as a cricket pitch.  Just happened to be there when the bells were a ringing.  I caught the subway to the (Lower Manhattan) World Trade Centre to check out the damage.  It's hard to imagine but the area is huge let alone two buildings plus more crashing down to earth.  The rebuild is being critized as taking too long, and way over budget.  Not sure with the banking crisis if progress will continue at the pace it is now.  Certainly underground (when on the subway) you could see the damage.  Anyway, it's a bit surreal walking around the place.  I just couldn't imagine what it was like, even if I did see it live at the time on TV. 

Anyway  I left the area and walked towards Hudsons Bay and walked my way to Battery Park.  This area and Lower Manhattan is the oldest area of the Island and some of the buildings are magnificent.  Actually the architecture in general is amazing, as you can see with most of my photos of buildings. Different eras intermingled with each other. It was a nice walk along the promenade away from the hustle and bustle as I made my way to the Straten Island Ferry.  Unlike everything in the States it was free and the best part you don't have to pay to see the Statue of Liberty and the view of Lower Manhattan.  I hope you can get a good view with the photos.  Although the Ferry is free, everyone just takes the Ferry to the Island and then returns.  I believe Straten Islanders are a bit like Lepers or Geelong supporters (LOL).  On the return trip I met a the Australian childrens performing arts troupe, who are on a 3 week tour.  They were so excited to talk to me, I didn't tell them I was a teacher.  Anyhow when we arrive back on Manhattan I caught the subway to Chinatown.  WOW fantastic place, really amazing.  Wandered around the backstreets and really stood out like a sore thumb.  Markets are underground and the food crazy stuff.  I tried the broiled frogs legs, nice sauce kinda small but just like tiny chicken wings.  I also bought a pair of very trendy and cheap shoes.  (for the full update ask Bonny). 

After a couple of hours of browsing the many cheap stalls I then headed to Little Italy which is just next door.  Really amazing you cross one road and you feel like you are in another country.  Little Italy is just like Lygon street but the streets and the buildings have more of a history.  Saying that when it comes to prices of good Italian food we win by a mile.  Size is important here, although its good to eat.   I then moved onto Soho which is the next borough.  this place is polar opposites in terms of buildings and people.  Very stylish aka Malvern Camberwell.  Lovely shops and a more relaxed feel.  Of course the prices were amazing just like Malvern.  Anyway, although my feet were now numb, I wanted to wear in my new shoes so I moved to Greenwich village.  This is a real student haven and University of New York is situated here.  Had a drink in a pub and chatted with some anti republicans.  By then it was farily late and my mind was dragging my body along.  so I headed back to the Hostel.

Oh yeah before I go, the hostel is not bad, but the guy who runs the place never leaves and he watches everything you do.  Like now, I'm getting a bit pissed off actually.  GET A LIFE.  Mind you I see a little of me aka computer all day.  But its off to bed to elevate my dead feet, catch up soon gin
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