We arrived here in NYC on Thursday afternoon, and finally got through customs at 7pm after our plane had landed at 4:30. We had just over two hours of standing in one queue to get out passports checked. It didn’t give us a very good first impression on this city, but since then has been stedily making up for it tenfold!
I have always heard about NYC and what a great city it is, but thought that it would be hard for it to live up to the hype. So far we have loved evey minute of it from the iconic skyline to the hours worth of people watching.
Thursday night we arrived at our hostel at abour 9pm and we were both shattered so had a quick bite to eat and then crashed. Friday morning we walked over to central park to have a look around. We ended up hiring a couple of bikes and did the 10km loop around the outside which was fantastic. The park itself is just amazing with huge grassed areas, massive well developed trees and baseball diamonds everywhere.
On the bikes around Central Park
That afternoon we caught the subway into Soho where Nick works and caught up with him there. There we had a couple of sneaky bottles of wine out on the steps of his work, and watched the myriad of personalities walk by. We left his work just before 5pm and went to a bar, The Frying Pan, which is on a big old ship moored on the side of the Hudson River. It had an awesome atmosphere and looking down the river we could see the Statue of Liberty in the distance. We continued drinking that night and went out to some awesome New York bars.
Sneaky stoop drinks
View from the frying Pan of the Statue of Liberty, its to the left of the skyline
Saturday we caught the subway back in to Nicks place and then went over to the Rockerfella centre, which is a skyscraper which is almost as tall as the Empire State building. We went to the top viewing platform which had amazing 360° panoramic views of the city. After that we just walked around the city a bit including looking around Times Square.
Saturday night we caught up again with Nick and went to a comedy show at the Comedy Strip, which is where Seinfield used to do his famous standup leading into the show. The was the guy who hosted the show plus 4 other comedians. Most of them had all performed on famous shows the David Letterman etc, and they were all hilarious. It was such good value for money, we all ended up with sore cheeks from laughing so hard!
On top of the Rockafella
Wandering around Time Square
Sunday morning we meet Nick at Central Park and threw a football around, plus a little bit of aerobie!! It was cool being there on a Sunday with people everywhere in the park, from sunbathers in their speedos to super competetive social baseball players. All the baseball diamonds had people playing their beloved sport, which was fun to sit back and watch. Luckily, the weather here has been great with sunny days and early-mid 20°.
Playing in the Park
Sunday afternoon Rach and I did what we had to when in New York, and went to a Broadway show. We went to The Lion King and we were blown away. The costumes and share talent soon showed us why we had heard so many good things about it. It was definitely not the cheapest activity to do here but was well worth it. After the show we caught the subway back to Nick’s and went and had a delicious Mexican dinner.
It is now Monday morning here and we are checking out of our hostel here and going to stay our last night at the Mulberry hotel, which is over by Chinatown and Little Italy. We had a fantastic Italian meal in Little Italy of bruchetta, seafood soup, eggplant parmigiana and cabonara all washed down with some nice bottle of red. This afternoon we are doing our 20min chopper flight which we can’t wait to do.
All in all we have had an amazing few days here and are not looking forward to leaving this great city. Catching the subway is great fun with super talented people busking in the stations and more than a few crazy people often preaching something that only they could understand. One young guy busking yesterday was playing 3 instruments at once. He had a bamboo drum attached to his foot, an acordian in one hand, and trumpet in the other. He played Radiohead, Creep which was unbelievably good!!
My turn! (rach) The best way to see New York City is from the air!!!! We made our way to the port were the choppers fly out, and did a bit of what seems like the norm in the New York of hurry up and wait. There were like 5 choppers going constantly, man thye must be making some money. But I tell you what it was pretty awesome! I couldnt help smiling from the second we got in, everything just unfolds in front of you. Because we had seen a few things already it pulled it all together, the Empire State building, the Rockafella, central park, uptown, down town etc and we added a few other sites like yankee stadium, New Jersey oh yeah and the statue of liberty. I was pretty interested when the pilot pointed out the water treatment plant, because the entire top was covered in sports courts, as he said the utilise every little bit of space.
The beautiful NY skyline
The Statue of liberty from the air
On our last day we did a bit of walking around down town and visited central park again before heading to The Museum of Natural History. I enjoyed it, not so sure Dave did. The dinosaur displays were pretty impressive. After that we had time to catch up with Nick for a quick farewell drink, then bam we were at the airport again. So we have had a pretty awesome stay in New York City and we are looking forward to next leg.
Pizza comes big!
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