The big apple.....

Trip Start Jun 26, 2006
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Trip End Feb 28, 2007


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Friday, September 15, 2006

Now firstly..... if new york was an apple it'd be bloody enormous and feed most of the third world for ever.....secondly if new york was an apple it'd be the smelliest dirtiest apple you ever did see!!! First impression of the greatest city on earth.....Shithole!!!!!!

Right i'll stop now, cant help being so negative sometimes.....it wasnt all that bad, just big cities get to you!!!!

We arrived at a huge bus station and got our week passes for the subway. We reckoned if we had them we wouldnt feel pressured to walk huge distances to save a few bucks.

We were starving having not eaten all day so after checking in to a humongous hostel we set off in search of food. Found a cool looking pizza place and me being a total retard ordered a large meatball..... after all amy was starving. When it came it was so large we could only eat too slices each and it would turn out that that pizza did the following two days meals as well. A bargain!!!!

DAY 1
After a fab nights sleep we set about exploring the city. Disappointingly it was pissing it down so we donned our waterproofs and faced up to the elements. Was so drab we failed to notice Time Square even tho we walked straight past it. Took cover in the New York public library. It was huge..... unlike anything we'd seen in america. Immaculate marble everyway....even in the bogs!!!! Huge frescos on the walls and several bronze statues, amazing!!!!

Headed back to Times Square....Checked out Toys'r'us.....was way cool, i so wish i was a kid cos it was truely the best toy shop i've ever been in. Complete with giant ferris wheel actually inside the shop. Then checked out mc-e-dees was cool, crap food but the model of the city was wicked and the painted walls were cool. Headed back outside and i guess once you got used to it it was kinda cool but way too in your face for me. Wandered round the streets ducking in and out of shops and buildings to dry off from the rain. Checked out Grand Central station, was wicked but kinda says something about out here when you realise the constellations in the ceiling are all backwards. The stations i have to say are amazing....pretty the trains arent comparable....i actually think the british trains kick arse now!!!! Went down to the UN, is kinda boring building but i guess when global politics is on the cards all that matters is its big and shiny and built in america!!!! Had our first Macys experience and the shop was so big we truely did get lost in it. Also had a really cool vege sarnie from a deli, was so yummy!

DAY 2

Woke up to another day... had brekkie of outrageously sweet cereal we had brought the day before. Then headed out into the city again. Reckoned on checking out central park..... Were kinda confused at first, then realised we were in the middle of some crazy runners.... out here they dont only 'fun run' they practise 'fun running' too.... mental!!!!! Got the subway further down the park as couldnt be arsed to walk the ten blocks. Much better location. We checked out a cool pond that was full of cute turtles and climbed to the top of the castle overlooking the great lawn. Then got terrible lost in the rambling bird-watching woods. Very disappointed there were no fit birds! Carried on to explore the fountains and terraces and the cool cobbled open space....full of skaters and musicians....even a guy playing hockey!! Finally visited strawberry fields for a very OTT tribute to the legendary John Lennon.....Amy thought it was lovely, but hey shes a girl and likes gay flowers!!!!!

Went and looked at Ground Zero, was kinda a big hole but didnt really understand why they hadnt got far with the rebuilding. Were some cool photos and tributes they tho, and remnants of the remembrances that happened earlier in the week. The site was let down tho by the numerous tacky 9/11 gifts being sold, despite signs indicating it was illegal and the coppers standing by...too busy eating donuts!!!!!

Went down to wall street, saw some groovy old skyscrapers, including one Donald Trump had taken over and OTT'd up with tacky goldness! The stock exchange looked cool draped in its huge stars and strips and the monument to George Washington was very fitting!!

DAY 3

After my morning sugary dose of more rainbow Fruit Loops we set off to check out the waterfront. After much searching found lady liberty hiding behind the biggest minging security tents you ever did see. Enquired about tickets but the free passes had run out. Decided that we didnt wanna be ripped off 22 bucks and see nothing, besides amy was once again wielding her lethel weapon so we couldnt have gone anyway. After much screaming and shouting and many nappies being thrown out the pram we headed off to Brooklyn. Something we had wanted to do but werent sure we were gonna fit in.... passed cool 9/11 monument on the way, a peace globe that tho much destorted had survived the devestation! The way to Brooklyn was via the rather well named Brooklyn Bridge.....not as cool as the golden gate, mainly cos the view was constantly obstructed by the supports..... When we got there couldnt figure out why....was minging!!!!!! After chicken nuggets at mc-e-dees we started exploring, found cool old square with no overtowering skyscrapers, found out the minging scaffolding everywhere even had a name - Sidewalk Shed! Now wot the hell is one of them..... Stumbled upon a cool street fair, even found a stall selling english beer on the roadside for very little money so had a glass listening to cool band. After getting lost down by the docks found Brooklyn heights, a real gem as promised and nearly missed it, cute streets lined with trees, like england almost!
Got subway back to Manhatton and wandered about, were looking for a park but found greenwich village which we'd been told was cool and it didnt disappoint! Very similar to brooklyn heights only the buildings were taller! Shame about the garbage littering the strrets. Found washington square, it had a huge arch inspired by the arc de triumph. Wot was really cool was how laid back it was and wot a party atmosphere there was. A fountain full of people playing and chillin, a rock band on the stage givin there all, a african american guy playing his bongos whilst children played with his hooplahs. Wot a park!!!!
In the evening we went to this cool restaurant we'd heard about. We were both craving meat so the idea of an all you can eat saucy meat buffet sounded cool. We headed off to Harlem, amy hadnt realised this was the black part of town and was freaked out thinking that the folk hanging around on the strret were the new york gangs....she thought we were gonna be shot or something....crazy!!!! It was pretty freaky tho, we were the only whites there and it was getting dark. When we finally found the restaurant the window was full of newspaper cuttings giving top reviews of the place....all good!!! We would have been freaked a few months back, it was brightly lit, clean but very grim looking, full of coloured families. We werent sure how we'd be recepted it obviously being a local place but i took the plunge. They were very welcoming and after we payed our 10 bucks each (very cheap) we helped ourselves to huge plates of rice, macaroni cheese, saucy pork chops, ribs, and fried chicken whilst they served us glasses of lemonade. We both had two enormous platefuls and god knows how many lemonades and were so stuffed. Was certainly an experience neither of us will forget!!!!!!

DAY 4
Had to get up early today, in order to get tickets to go in the statue of Liberty. Dragged myself out of bed...and slept walked to the subway. Managed to get off a bit nearer this time...as it was a weekday. Waited outside the castle...having no idea where we were supposed to wait! There seemed to be loads of people waiting, but it turns out most of them were waiting for a immigrant ceremony. Finally got in after queueing in the wrong place several times. Got tickets no problem. Then had to wait for the ferry, but before that had to go through security, pretty tight security too....and then were hearded into an waiting area like cattle! Finally got on the boat and made the short journey to Liberty Island. Got better and better views of the lady in question...she is pretty impressive!
Once on the island we decided to head straight for the tour to avoid the hoards of tourists. We had to then go through the most ridiculous security before we could enter the actual statue or the base anyway...which is as far as you can go. We all had to stand in a detector that was like an medical scanner that blew air at you! It was freaky, it far more complex than anything in any airport, and was like being in Startrek!! After being given the okay, we were finally allowed to enter! We were then in a huge museum they have built at the bottom of the base. It tells you everything you could ever dream of knowing about the statue of Liberty. There were two cool replicas of the statues face and foot and they are monstrous!
Then got to do the exciting bit...got in the lift...yes it has a lift...only to the top of the base though...where we got a cool view inside the actual statue. The stuctures holding it up are amazing! The skin of the statue is only the tickness of a couple of pennies! Got cool views of New York too from outside, was freaky to look up at her looming above you tho!
Back down the bottom, the tourists were beginning to arrive...just got to take a picture before our view was blocked with millions of tourists looking for that 'perfect' picture. Headed to the cafe for brunch! Neil had fish and chips i had barbeque pork sandwich! (intersting brunch i know!)
Next it was on to Ellis Island, where they shipped all the immigrants on their arrival to America all those years ago. They have only recently restored some of the island into a museum and memorial. They let the island rot for a long time! It is pretty cool...very special for those people whose faimilies landed there im sure. Loads and loads to read, which seems to be the norm for american museums. Got fed up of reading stuff in the end...so after checking out the main hall....where the ceremony for the immigrants we had seen earlier had just finished...we got on the ferry back to Manhatten. Was well worth getting up early for!

Were very tired and thirsty by this point...but there was nowhere by South Ferry to get anything...so back on the tube we went to Times square, where we went in the funkiest macdonalds ever for a nice cold drink. It was all digital, with screens to answer trivia questions while you ate!
Then decided we had to go and check out the Empire State Building. We had thought about going up it, but am glad we decided not to. Its not very impressive. It is in a very disappointing and nothing area...you could almost miss it...and to be honest it really isn't that impressive anymore. Went inside...the inside is still quite cool, art deco and marble...it did confuse us however how there was no security at all to get in! It would have cost about $20 to go up...and we had already seen the views from Liberty. Still we have seen it now!

Spent the evening packing up ready to move on again in the morning

Was a fun day...wasn't sure doing the touristy thing would be any good, but as it wasn't that busy it turned out to be pretty cool!
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