Last Day in NY

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
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Trip End Jun 20, 2013


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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

NY has been good, not as I remembered it from 20 odd yrs back. It's not as run down anymore, people are nicer and the food better (either that or my English improved and I've got more money to spend).

Good to meet up with Anniek at Union Square, where we had lunch (lucky girl to be living in this city).
Overall we had a really good time here the only part of NY that was pretty much like I remembered was Canal St (not a positive).

Highlights for me were Washington Square / Greenwich Village, the two games at MSG (basketball and hockey), Central Park and just wandering about and observing New Yorkers.
 
The Basketball and Hockey was great, with quite different crowds. Not a black face to be seen at the hockey and I got the feeling that quite a few of the supporters returned to their caravan after the game. Both games were thoroughly enjoyable (for all of us) and ended in wins for the home teams.

The weather has been OK most of the time, just today was bloody awful. Windy with temps just above freezing. The 9/11 memorial visit was a bit of a chore and we made it to StarBucks just in time. Fulton Fish Market was on my wish list but Sandy took care of this part of Manhattan resulting in closure of everything around the market.

Also, talking about observing New Yorkers, they're nowhere as big as I remembered, but quite skinny / European looking, they must all work out like crazy as there's loads to eat and drink everywhere.

More Later, Jan

Freezing is an understatement - it was bad enough at the ice-hockey but today was evil (well had we come appropriately prepared I'm sure it would have been fine).  The 9/11 Memorial was made extra cold as the water from the 2 pools where the towers were was blowing everywhere.  That was a strange and surreal experience for me - the last time I was in NY I fought my issue with heights and made it to the top of one of the towers - now they are just holes in the ground - brought back some odd memories of seeing it all on TV in Amsterdam too.

I think I have found a new spectator sport - the basketball was good but the crowd seemed quite quiet - the hockey on the other hand..... it was like sharing the (freezing) stadium with 16,000 members of the AFL Cheer Squads (insert a team of your own choice) only with better teeth! Great fun.

Up at 2:15am tomorrow for an early ride to JFK and a flight to San Jose, where I hope the weather is warmer.  Sarah

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