The City That Never Sleeps

Trip Start Mar 01, 2007
Trip End Oct 02, 2007

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Today is the only full day that we are spending in New York, damn time restraints we've put on ourselves, so it was really important that I got to see all the stuff that I wanted.

The day started stupidly early with a trip to Penn Station, so that we could book our next onward ticket, to Niagara Falls Canada.

We had some breakfast at a small cafe near the station and then headed out for our day of sightseeing and shopping. As we were really close to the Empire State Building already we went and took some pictures in the daylight before we headed off to see what famous sights we could see.

The obligatory 'I heart NY' t-shirts were bought from a small little tourist shop and they were a right bargain at $3 each! I wanted one that was like Eloise's so I opted for a large childs one rather than a small adults one as the cut looked all wrong!

Speaking of Eloise, I ended up having to call Rev and asking them to take my phone number off the rota as people were still texting me to ask if I would cover their shifts for them :-S

We were using the subway to get around and it is so much easier than in London as all the lines here pretty much just go in a straight line! We stopped off at Times Square next which is pretty cool, and even during the day its all lit up, it must be totally manic at night. We went into the Toys R Us there, which has its own big wheel ride inside! but was nothing special really.

For some reason we decided to head up to where the Dakota Building is as Rachael wanted to see the place that is infamous for being the place where John Lennon was shot, but again it felt like Arlington Cemetry to me all over again. We headed into Central Park, which is just across the road, and saw the 'Strawberry Fields' memorial, it was pretty moving, there was loads of people just sat around being quiet and reflecting on things.

We walked back downtown through Central Park, where we stopped of at several places to take pictures, and when we got back to the edge we were near where that really awesome building that has a roof that looks a bit like a castle is, which just happens to be right near where the skating rink is!

A breakdown on the subway meant that we had to walk a fair few blocks to the Flat Iron Building, which I have to say is an awesome piece of architecture, I love how it fits with the road system that was probably already established, or even better in my head would be that the building was built and the road builders instead of leaving a huge forecourt area to make the 'block' square the just built around it. Rambling again I see, I'll stop now.

Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, from the awesomeness of the Flat Iron Building we got back on the subway and headed right downtown to the Battery (or something like that) to where the terminal for the Statten Island Ferry is found. This is an awesome ferry as not only is it FREE (the best news ever for a backpacker on a budget) but it must have one of the best views in the world, it passes quite close to the Statue of Liberty and if you turn around you get the whole New York Skyline filling the horizon... truely great sight.

Once we got back to Manhatten we had some dinner and then headed up the Empire State Building. We tried to get there before the sun set but it takes so long to actually get to the viewing platform that by the time we had finally reached it, it was already dark :-( New York was all lit up like twinkly lights though which was a good thing.

The final thing we did today, was something else that I am really not too sure should be on the tourist trail, like Arlington Cemetry and the Dakota Building, I really feel that the site where the World Trade Centre once stood should be left off the trail until some progress has been made to rebuild, or should I say build? the new towers... Its a really sad place, there is high fences all around the block, did you know the towers took up a whole city block? that hole in the ground is so big, its unnerving to think how many people lost their lives there, and all nothing in essence :-( I really wish we hadn't gone, its too sad to see the place like that.

Then after a truely exhausting day, we hit the sack...
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