The Five Boroughs!!
Trip Start Jan 08, 2011
261Trip End Dec 20, 2011
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Onto the train and all the way down to City Hall this morning, first things first, where's the bloody public toilets in New York!!! We've seen one and that was in central park!!! Had to buy a donut from dunkin donuts just to use the loo, not that Claire was complaining!!
First on the list was the walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, that's a must of course, kinda cool, you get some great views as you get out to the middle, the statue of liberty, the Williamsburg bridge, the coney island bridge, Brooklyn, Manhattan, the financial district, pretty much everything!!
Brooklyn from afar looks a little different, not so many shiny skyscrapers, a lot more of the brownstones, and as you get the other side it just feels a little less squeezed in, the buildings are still big and your still surrounded, but there's just seems more space, roads are wider, less people, each individual building seems bigger and further apart
We took a short cut through walk through Cadman Plaza Park, in search of the high street and Brooklyn heights - to see the architecture and to eventually get to the the Brooklyn heights promenade and the Brooklyn bridge park that we saw as we walked across, but pretty much gave up on that, too much walking!!!
Instead we jumped on the tube and took the 2 or 3 to Atlantic Ave, there we changed to the Q and took a few stops to Prospect Park - had a wee walk in there and found a bench to sit on and watch the people running and walking, we saw this proper loony bloke, he didn't look homeless or particularly weird, apart from the fact that he was riding a bike around in just a pair of shorts. No t shirt, no shoes, just a pair of shorts, and considering it feels like its cold enough to snow that was a little weird!!
Back on the train and back into Manhattan, we got off at Bowling Green, walked along to the Staten Island ferry, past all the super smart black skyscrapers, they were really cool, and waited inside the terminal for the ferry, again like waiting in a hospital or a library until some bloke started playing Spanish guitar, its was just so big and quiet inside, weirdness!!
The ferry came along and your all on and leaving quickly, along with a big NYPD presence on board and an armed US coastguard escort across the water - and this service runs 24hours a day, seven days!! Oh, and its free!!
So we leave and you get some amazing views of the Manhattan skyline , along with Brooklyn and everything else you can see, so got some cool pics, then of course you get to see the statue of liberty...for free!!
We just turned around and came straight back, didn't fancy walking around today too much.
Got back home, got another huge pizza and settled in to watch knocked up, finding nemo and then some good old CSI!!
So today, we've managed to complete the Five Borough's!! Technically anyway!! Only really touched on Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island...but nevertheless we've been to and in each and we're sure to be going back whilst we're here!!!!!