NYC Day 2

Trip Start Mar 28, 2012
Trip End May 24, 2012

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What I did
Manhattan, Chinatown, Meat Packing District, Greenwich Village, Soho, Tribeca.

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Saturday, March 31, 2012

I took advantage of a cloudless day - although it was cool and the wind off the Hudson River cut like an icy scalpel. I started in Chinatown which blends seamlessly into Little Italy - an odd juxtaposition! The streets were busy and there seemed to be more tourists than locals bumbling around. I had an excellent and reasonably priced lunch in the Nice Green Bo Restaurant on Bayard Street.

From there I took the Subway to Times Square and then walked west along 42nd Street to Pier 83 to take a Circle Line tour around the island. It's a great way to see Manhattan from a different perspective - the boat is well appointed with good facilities and there is a very informative commentary for the entire 3 hour trip. The trip takes you to parts of the city you might not otherwise see and the journey along the Harlem River with The Bronx on the right-hand side was fascinating.

There are so many landmark sights hitting you one after another it's easy to get overloaded. I managed to take over 400 photos in the 3 hours! Digital promotes indiscriminate snap-shooting! To Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty close up was special. The views of Manhattan were ever-changing with key landmarks - Empire State, Chrysler Building, Freedom Tower - anchoring the views as they evolved.

From Pier 83 I took a cab down to 14th Street - a bargain at only $6.50 - although he did manage to achieve 60 mph!!! I explored the Meat Packing District before heading South into Greenwich Village, Soho and Tribeca. I then travelled by Subway from Canal Street back to Penn Station and then on the Long Island Rail Road to Port Washington.

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