NYC Day #3

Trip Start Mar 28, 2012
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Trip End May 24, 2012


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Where I stayed
Port Washington
What I did
Grand Central, Guggenheim, Central Park, Wall Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn Bridge, NYC Subway

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Back into the city on the Long Island Rail Road from Port Washington to Penn Station. Then a brisk walk over to Grand Central Station on 42nd and Park Avenue. I have wished to visit this iconic location for many years. I felt like buying a bag of flour and throwing it into the air so that the sunlight would catch it as it streamed in through the windows but thought better of it when I saw the armed soldiers on patrol!

Then I took a cab 50 blocks north to visit the Guggenheim Museum. I must say the architecture is far more interesting than the art - a series of smashed up pieces of car from a junk yard. I'd be embarrassed if I earned my living from passing such stuff off as art and charging people to look at it! Anyway, the building was tremendous - smaller than I had imagined.

I walked across Central Park and got onto the Subway down to Fulton Street in the Financial District. I visited my first Irish Pub (ever!) for lunch and watched a poor game of football (soccer) live from the Australian League. The Man Utd game was on live later but I had to press on and explore the Wall Street area. There was heavy security with road blocks and sniffer dogs everywhere - everyone is still understandably twitchy. All the buildings were packed in extremely tightly - almost claustrophobically so.

I emerged into the brightness of the East River and the Ferry Terminal where I borded a boat to DUMBO in Brooklyn - Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Sadly the Brooklyn Ice-Cream Factory is closed on Mondays. I climbed up onto the Brooklyn Bridge walkway and joined the jostling throng. Walking East to West seems to be better - although you do have a head wind! The walkway is above the road traffic and gives excellent views of the Statue of Liberty, the East Side of lower Manhattan and of course Brooklyn itself. A leisurely 40 minute walk (including plenty of pauses for photos) saw me back on Manhattan.

I then took my last Subway ride up to Times Square before walking back to Penn Station and the journey home. New York City is certainly an exciting place and I am glad to have begun this trip with a visit to it. There is so much more to see - particularly of a cultural nature (where they have real art on offer), in entertainment, sports and of course retail therapy which I am proudly resisting so far. I was prepared to be more overwhelmed by the city than I have been - not that it is in the least underwhelming! 

Lots more photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/duncanstrathie/ 

Today gives the chance for a look around Port Washington and a lunch appointment with my generous and gracious hosts Michael and Ruth Ann. the sun is shining again and if the weather manages to keep like this I shall be extremely happy. Tomorrow ir's back into Penn Station and then by Amtrak north to Boston to pick up a hire car and then head for Concord New Hampshire.
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