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- Posted:Wednesday, May 19, 2010
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So, where did I leave off... ah yes, New York of course!
Friday was gearing up to a busy day of covering a lot of New York ground. First stop was Grand Central Terminal where I met Justin Ferate of Justin's New York Tours. I was meeting Justin for a podcast interview which will be a feature on our Hostels.com City Guides in the near future. I had a lovely chat with Justin and would highly recommend you take one of his tours, particularly his free tour of Grand Central Terminal on a Friday. He knows so much about New York and gave me some great tips and ideas for the remainder of my stay!
After taking in all the sights and sounds of Grand Central Terminal including a go at the arches that carry your voice across the ceiling (so cool!), I made my way back towards Times Square and the Theatre District. Times Square looked a bit quiet from a distance and on closer approach it turned out it was closed off by the NYPD due to another bomb scare! It was a very surreal experience and after taking a few quick snaps I decided not to hang around... just in case!! I settled on Applebee's for some lunch and was amazed by their menu. Each of their dishes lists the amount of calories in them, and of course the starter that had the most calories was the one I wanted! Did I get it? Of course I did! When in New York and all that, plus all of my walking around would definitely work it off... or so I told myself!
Stocked up on calories after lunch I was ready to set off again! I made my way to the World Trade Centre site and Wall Street. It's strange to say the least to see the building going on at Ground Zero and it still remains a huge tourist attraction. I also stopped off at St. Paul's Chapel which is Manhattan's oldest public building still in use. This has become a shrine to those who lost their lives in 9/11 as it was a recovery centre after the attacks on the Twin Towers.
Next stop was the Brooklyn Bridge! I don't think I've ever been so impressed by a bridge as I was by the Brooklyn Bridge! It's very impressive and really is a structural masterpiece! Walk across the bridge and take in all the sights and great views of Manhattan. After all that walking and photo taking I stopped off on the promenade just under the Bridge and had some ice-cream from the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory... possible the nicest ice-cream I have ever tasted! Or maybe it just taste so good after all that walking! Either way it's a must!
I went on to spend my Friday evening in Greenwich Village and the West Village wandering around the shops and checking out some of the local nightlife. This was topped off with a pizza slice from Bleecker Street Pizza... an institution around here and a really great pizza slice!
Saturday morning saw me up early to catch the Staten Island Ferry for some great and free views of the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty. This ferry ride takes up about an hour for a return trip and is a great way of seeing Manhattan from a distance and while on a budget! I then decided it was definitely time for me to hit a few shops so I made my way to Chinatown which is along Canal Street to check out the market stalls and shops. There's a really cool atmosphere around here and can be very busy.
Next it was on to the big stores of Fifth Avenue and I spent what turned out to be a very windy evening walking down New York's ultimate shopping street checking out the stores and doing a bit of damage to my credit card! Despite the wind I decided it would be great to see New York by night so I ventured up to the top of the Empire State Building. It really is a sight to behold when you see all the lights and traffic below. Night time is also a good time to avoid the lines at the Empire State Building as it's classed as an off-peak time!
So that was it for me and New York... for now at least but I'll definitely be making a return trip soon. The Big Apple has so much to offer and I only covered a little snippet of what New York has to offer! Check back here soon to hear how my few days in beautiful Boston went!