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- Posted:Monday, May 10, 2010
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Before I made my first trip to New York I was told by many that no matter how much time you have, you won't get to see everything. I didn't realise how true this was until I got here and seen for real how much there is to the city.
My five days here have been mainly based in Manhattan apart from a quick visit to Staten Island and Brooklyn. Manhattan really is the heart of New York sightseeing as it houses most of the famous attractions such as the Rockefeller Centre, The Empire State Building, Central Park, and, well... a whole lot more! As I sit here in LaGuardia Airport waiting for my flight to Boston where I'll spend the next four days (and possibly more if that ash cloud keeps causing travel chaos) I'm thinking back on all things New York I've experienced this week.
My first day in Manhattan was spent like a true New Yorker soaking up the sun in Central Park as I wrote about in the post before. But then, seeing as my Irish skin is not used to such heat I needed an escape so I made my way to the American Museum of Natural History. This amazing museum is a must see on a trip to New York whether you have an interest in the subject or not. There is so much to see here as it displays the history of pretty much all civilizations, cultures and species throughout the ages with some amazing exhibitions. You can also pay a visit to the Rose Centre for Earth and Space for a unique space show and lots of interest facts about the universe!
That evening I met a friend who now resides in New York in the West Village for some dinner, drinks, my own personal walking tour of the West Village and Meatpacking District! Thursday morning saw me enjoying possibly one of my favourite things about New York and that's the food! These guys really know how to do a good breakfast! Just look for a good all-American diner and you won't go wrong!
Full of coffee (love the free refills!) I was ready to embark on day two of sightseeing in The Big Apple! It was another great day and having heard of the wind and rain at home I was embracing the sun! I started off in Times Square and coming out of that subway station to be met with the crowds and huge screens and banners all over the buildings really is amazing! I walked around gazing up at the buildings and looked every bit the tourist! As you walk through Times Square you can sit out on many tables and chairs, or make your way down to the steps by the Father Duffy Cross, which was packed on this sunny day as everyone sat back and took in all the sites.
Next stop was Rockefeller Plaza and Centre and I made my way up to The Top of the Rock for some amazing views and possibly the only place in New York that day where you could catch a breeze! Any visitor to New York should definitely pay a visit to here and take in the atmosphere around Radio City and the Plaza. I then made my way to Fifth Avenue and did my best to stay out of all the shops while I concentrated on getting all the sights seen first! St. Patrick's Cathedral makes for a beautiful oasis of calm while being a popular New York attraction. Its architecture is stunning and really stands out in an otherwise commercial area. I then went on to make a quick stop at Bryant Park beside the New York Public Library whose exterior was unfortunately was under renovation during my trip, but I did get to see the two proud lion monuments that greet you as you walk up the steps.
I finished off my evening in New York with a visit to the Museum of Modern Art which is one of the city's top museums. All modern artistic greats are housed here from Bacon to Picasso, as well as some interesting installations, one of which appeared to be a staring match between the artist and willing volunteers... I decided to give my participation in that one a miss!
Well... reading back on all that, I think that's enough for today! It's surprising how much you can really pack into a day when you're in tourist mode! I've still two more days to cover but I'll leave that until tomorrow! Check back here soon for more on my visit to Grand Central Terminal, a long walk across Brooklyn Bridge and possibly the nicest ice-cream I've ever tasted!