Tourists in Manhattan
Trip Start Oct 08, 2013
31Trip End Nov 18, 2013
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After a late start...again...we had brunch and went our separate ways. The girls went off to watch Matilda, whilst we went off in the search for adventure.
Adventure being code for just jump on the train heading in the direction you want to go and hope for the best. We were entertained by four guys doing....do they still call it break dancing(?) in the carriage with music. Everyone watched then looked away when the hat was passed around.
The boys took it well when no-one gave them anything. For a second there I was worried that we would have four very angry young men but they thanked us all and jumped off at the next stop and ran into the next carriage.
I didn't know you could do flips, handstands and those spinning on your back things in the carriage- so unexpectedly spacious
Anyway....the train was an express and went way past our stop. We got to East Harlem before we could get off. We didn't go far..just crossed over to the other side of the platform and headed back downtown.
Got off at 96th Street and took the opportunity to walk Central Park. I knew we were in the right spot when I saw the ducks in the Reservoir. We wanted to get to the lake and look for the Boathouse but ran out of time.
We strolled across to the Guggenheim. Unfortunately, we couldn't go right round the inside as it was closed for some reason or another..and nothing to do with the government shut down...but you still get to see what we saw. A piece of art that is architecture. Or is it architecture that is art? Form and function working beautifully. I'm sure that makes sense. This is what happens when one has been with an architect since uni days!
We realised that we were running out of time so quickly walked down to the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. Sat on the steps and then we rushed off to get down to 41st Street to meet the girls.
It reminded me of when we visited the Expo in Brisbane in 1988 when we ran around madly just to get stamps in our passports from the various pavilions
I can understand the locals getting very, very frustrated with walkers who hog the pathways....seriously! We weaved, swerved and walked really, really quickly through the crowds....following this woman for part of the way. A path opened up for her magically...maybe 'cos she swore loudly at those in front...and maybe those in front could feel the pent up angry energy force behind them! Whatever it was, we followed in her wake for about a block....pretty cool! She was like our Moses!
For those that need to know, we went from the Met through to the American Eagle Outfitters shop in about 40 minutes. And we got held up due to a free CBGB concert at Times Square. Again..that place was packed.
We then had italian for dinner at Pagalle and headed straight off for The Lion King.
It was excellent. All one would expect a Broadway show to be. According to Hannah, the budding theatre critic, overall, Newsies was the best production but each show that she watched had their own strengths and weaknesses. Given that both of them went back a second time to watch Newsies, they must have liked that one a lot.
When we are back in New York in 6 weeks time, we'll see what cheap tickets we can get
On Sunday Gabe & I were up early to get breakfast. Nothing fancy and not worth a photo...
Then it was a bus trip from 9.30am to 4pm. A great easy way to get around Manhattan for a sneak peek. You realise how dense the city is and how much there is to see. Famous areas like SoHo, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, Tribeca...a week is not enough! Saw the famous Flatiron building as well.
Wall Street was not too crowded as it was a Sunday but the World Trade Centre Memorial area was packed. Security was super tight.
Such an emotional place...and people were so respectful. It was a very moving experience when you hear how many died, see the names, and respect the bravery of the first responders who were killed that day. There is a fire station just round the corner from where we are who lost quite a few of their crew that day. Their names are on the garage door and photos.
Then it was off for a harbour cruise and we saw that Woman again- no, not the woman from Upper East Side. When you go on a cruise, you know what you are going to see.
Even though the weather was nicer, I think seeing the Statue of Liberty the vey first time a couple of days ago was a better thrill
I guess its just like the first time you see the Sydney Harbour Bridge or the Opera House. It is always special. After that, you get a bit blase and go 'meh'-the thrill is lost. Its kinda funny people watching though as they all bustle around trying to get the 'best shot'!
Then lunch and on the bus again for a trip uptown.
When we were done, the girls headed off to get their cheap tickets and we headed off to the NHL shop again. It was my lucky day as I won a small gift voucher in the lucky draw! I only put my name in the barrel in the five minutes before the draw as a laugh. Lol! My name was the third one drawn.... What a hoot! More spending money for the shop.
We kept heading down 6th Avenue and lo and behold...the HBO shop. Of course we just had to stop and gawk at the Game of Thrones merchandise...and others....thank goodness the place was closing for the day!
After a pretty good Thai meal, we had the yummiest cookies in Hells Kitchen. Hands up those who have had a maple bacon cookie before? Weird kind of wonderful.
I fully anticipate visitng the premises again tomorrow when we head off. We need something to eat on the train ride after all!
So...now all caught up with the writing.
Tomorrow the girls leave for Montreal, and we hop on the train for Boston.
Maybe the food picture fest will start then.
So....what piece of trivia did I learn today? Hhmmmm...that the spire on One World Trade Center is exactly 1776 feet high...referencing the year of the US declaration of Independence.