Day 1: Brooklyn
We arrived in NY tired and bedraggled after an overnight flight. We piled into bed for a few hours and explored Brooklyn in the afternoon. Some of the tree-lined streets you may well have seen in movies and on TV over the years.
A place of great character, friendly locals and lots of nationalities.
Our neighbourhood and accommodation
Day 2: The Big Smoke
Today we ventured onto the subway and went to the big smoke; Times Square and Wall Street was capitalist America in all its glory. The 911 Memorial was sobering and choked me up as I remembered the day the world, as we know it, changed forever.
We finished our adventure with a trip to the Empire State Building.
So much more to see..
Random Manhattan pics
Day 3: More Manhattan
We started today by jumping into the subway to Grand Central Station. Checked out a matinee of the Book of Mormon and spent the rest of the afternoon walking the highline – a disused aboveground rail line that has been repurposed as a walking track.
We finished the day with a beer and Reuben (inch thick corned beef, sauerkraut and pickles on rye) for dinner.
Grand Central Station
The Book of Mormon
We booked a matinee showing of the Book of Mormon. The venue didn’t allow photos while the show was playing but we snapped a few befor it started. The show itself was quite funny, full of f and c bombs, highly blasphemous but great sound and production
Day 4: Statues, Parks and Bridges
Another day of wandering around the Big Smoke. Started with a trip on the Staten Island ferry past the Statue of Liberty – with armed coast guard escort. Jumped into the subway and headed for Central Park, which is a beautiful oasis amongst the concrete and noise of Manhattan.
We zigzagged our way nearly the full length of 4km before jumping onto a bus to 5th Avenue to see where the rich people shop. Finished the day walking across the Brooklyn Bridge to ‘home’. Big day, sore feet, much tired…
Statue of Liberty / Staten Island Ferry
Day 5: DUMBO
Spent our second last day in the Big Apple taking it a bit easier. Rode the subway to Flushing, Queens and back again. Didn’t see The Nanny but got a great view of the city as most of the track is aboveground.
Then headed to DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) which is a cool little arty precinct – a bit hipster although I don’t know what they call that here. Bagel for lunch, Manhattan skyline for dinner…