Natural History Museum, Sister Act & Gnocchi

Trip Start Jul 03, 2012
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Trip End Dec 16, 2012

Flag of United States  , New York
Monday, July 9, 2012

The heat wave continues in New York City. Emma and I decided to have a 'chill' day on the hottest day yet which I believe equates to about 39 Celsius. We made late start, got up and had breakfast and with waffles in our bellies we ventured out to the Subway.

New York subway is efficient and although underground stations can be sweltering and humid, the trains themselves provide relief with air-conditioned carriages. The train took us up to Manhattan where we planned a 'nice shady' walk to the Museum of Natural History.

It was a nice walk, however by the time we reached the Museum the perspiration was running off me and I welcomed entering the cool of the building. We didn’t welcome the hoards of people who seemed to have come up with the same idea to avoid the heat. It took us about 45mins to get into the museum but once we were in we were rewarding with some fascinating displays.

The museum, like everything else in New York was huge and on a much larger scale than Melbourne. In the first exhibit we learnt of our insignificance in the big bang display that spanned over 50 meters, demonstrating the lifespan of the universe and that the existence of modern humans on this scale represented only a human hair. After this sobering realization we decided to visit something more uplifting and looked at the animal displays containing North American wildlife.

After we left the Natural History Museum we both tested milkshakes from Shake Shack. They both passed with flying colours, and our sugar high made us a little ambitious for our next adventure. We took the train to Brooklyn and had planned a quick walk over Brooklyn Bridge and then a leisurely stroll up to little Italy for some Pasta. The initial impression of the bridge was somewhat underwhelming, limited signage, not well maintained, dirty and water all not sign we had to step over several flooded steps.

We had underestimated the length of the Bridge and it took us about half an hour Just to cross to the other side, Despite the history, etc, I spent a good portion of this time wondering why we were crossing the ‘ugly’ bridge instead of the pretty looking Manhattan Bridge next to it. However, coming of on The New York side of the bridge, we realised was a lot better maintained and overall a lot more grand from that side. It seems Brooklyn Bridge is much more utilitarian on the Brooklyn side and more built up and impressive on the New York side where most of the tourists cross.

The next day we went to times square and managed to get half price tickets to a matinee performance of Sister Act. It was vibrant, colourful and absolutely wonderful, I couldn't recommend it highly enough .The quality of singing was amazing and everything down to the costumes was very well done.

After the show we continued our musical evening with a visit to Stardust cafe. It is an American Style diner with Singing waiters. Yet again, the talent that the young singers show is outstanding. Our waitress was a soprano who sang incredible notes with effortless ease. The singing waiters all are holding on to a chance of following their dreams, and indeed some of them will make it as Broadway stars.
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