Our epic adventure to New York began with a 2 hour delay to our flight owing to the fog of San Diego. I was so resentful of losing those hours of sleep at 4.30am! Then they just happened to run out of food after feeding about 20 people (American airlines could learn a thing or 5 from Ryanair and that's saying something!). 6 hours later and severely hungry we got to JFK and stood in line to get an official taxi, only to have the most random lunatic make up prices and drop us off in Manhattan in a thunderstorm! Not ideal when you need to make it all the way to New Jersey in the dark! However after a 12 block walk averting lightning stikes, (here is how bad the lightning was! spectacular snap though! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11531637
) we got to a train station and made it to Tom's place (my younger bro in case anyone doesn't know).
The Manhattan skyline view from their apartment is incredible and great to wake up to every day.
On our first proper day we took a walk through the city, meeting Tom after work late and heading into Williamsburg, Brooklyn to see an amazing jazz band at the really tiny Rose's live music venue.
The band were impressed that we had found such a cool place on our first night, it was all down to Tommy T but I took the glory anyway, yeah!... Next night we caught the New York Knicks at Madison Square gardens and a near win to the end over the Boston Celtics, but alas, 'The Knicks always lose' motto was to stand, and they lost in the final minute of the last quarter.
The rest of New York was filled with all the normal New York sightseeing to do's - Top of the rock, watching the ice skating at
Rockerfeller, Central Park,
Times Square, seeing giant rats on the subway,
Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn bridge, we joined a gang in Brooklyn (Kidding), and had several near misses several times in a yellow cab. We ate at some must-go places -
Pastrami on rye at Katz's deli on the Lower east side (famous for the 'When Harry met Sally' scene), stood in a queue in Brooklyn to try a pizza at Grimaldi's where you can only order whole pizzas and they'll scream at you if you ask for a slice. We also discovered that we need practice to master the art of Shuffleboard and Fat Cats bar near Christopher Street.
Another great discovery was the $1 pizza slice with no side effects - AMAZING! Tim was asked 'why are you cheating on me' by a man in drag swinging his handbag at 3am! Shopping at Century 21 was an experience too. I felt quite emotional when we went to the memorial of the Twin towers and looked at where they stood. Even more mad for Tim who had been on to the roof years ago.
The rest of the time in New York was spent hanging out with Tom, lots of drinking, not to mention a great catch up with some of Tim's buddies Dre and Norm.
Dre's place in the West Village was very cool and it was so nice to hang out there too. Tom's housemates were also great and we cooked a large roast for 'the family' on our last day as they all were having withdrawal symptoms from that one thing and it was our way of saying thanks for letting us invade their home for a whole 2 weeks.
So there it is a nutshell- It couldn't have been a better 2 weeks in New York