Seats of Power in Crispy Cold New York!

Trip Start Sep 07, 2010
Trip End Mar 13, 2011

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Visit Manhatten Apartments 73rd and York

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

In contrast to yesterday's 15 odd degrees, today was a chilly 0 degrees! I had posted a comment on facebook yesterday saying how I didn’t need my big jacket because it was so warm, how short sighted of me to say so! Despite the cold it was a beautiful crispy day with blue skies, so no need for umbrellas.

We set off from our nearest metro station, 68th Street, and beelined for our first stop, Wall Street. It was just after 9am so there was a small trickle of business people heading for work. We took pictures of the New York stock exchange, other various financial institutes and of course Federal Hall, where on April 30th 1789, George Washington, the United States' first president, took the oath of office on the balcony of Federal Hall overlooking Wall Street. This was also the location of the passing of the Bill Of Rights.

After Wall Street we boarded the free Staten Island ferry so that we could catch a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty, most reviews said that this ferry would suffice because you can see her but I think you need a pretty good camera and big zoom to get a decent picture of her, so I think we may pay for a tour to see her properly tomorrow. The ferry was a return journey of 1 hour and after that we took the metro to the site of the World Trade Centre. 9 years on the site is still under construction, there’s not much to see here except a building site. It was quite unreal to be there because 9 years ago I was in New Zealand, far away from it all, listening to the chaos that filled this area.

After lunch and a nice hot chocolate to help us warm up, we headed uptown to Washington Square Park. Washington Square Park was unfortunately nothing spectacular but Andrew did take pictures of Washington Memorial Arch while I stopped and chatted with the fat squirrels! Our stop at the square was short and we continued on our way uptown to take pictures of the Radio City Music Hall and the Rockefeller Centre to do 'Top of the Rock’. James Levick had suggested that we go up to the Rockefeller Centre instead of the Empire State Building because we could see over Central Park and see the Empire State Building, I think that was excellent advice and would advise the same if you visit New York :). We had to wait around for our 1.40pm slot, so killed some time by walking around the centre and visiting the Lego store which was quite cool. We got to the top just after 1.40pm and were greeted with some impressive views of Manhattan. The location of the sun made it tricky to take photos of the Empire State Building, so we had to use creative techniques to make the most of it. We stayed up there for a good 2 hours, taking (in true spirit) no less than 50 photos of the views and came down to quickly visit Central Park before it got dark.

(For many of you who know Andrew, you will know that he’s quite a clever chap. Well even clever people do dumb things – lol. While we were at the Rockerfeller Centre we went through one of those rotating glass doors and Andrew misjudged the exit and walked into the glass wall. I was in the segment behind him and heard a loud glass thud. Haha. I guess you had to be there!)

We arrived at the west side of Central Park and walked to Strawberry Fields which is a memorial dedicated to the memory of Beatles member John Lennon. We walked through Central Park to Belvedere Castle which was built in 1869, past the large obelisk and to the outside of the MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art). It was getting late so we decided to head back to the apartment for dinner.

After dinner and an episode of ‘Spooks’, we ventured out again to Time Square. Time Square was amazing and put London’s Piccadilly Circus to absolute shame! We walked around Time Square and took loads of pictures, while also hunting around for Dunkin Donuts but to our surprise we couldn’t find one!

Back on the Metro and back to the apartment for another early night after an eventful day!
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Mick on

I am sitting in beautiful Africa doing cool stuff but after reading this am so envious hope you both are having a great time and not freezing.

Patricia on

Thanks for all the updates and photos. So good to see in all these amazing places. Keep posting!

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