The second full day (or third day in the United States if you’re counting) in New York was all about the lower parts of Manhattan. To get there, we took the 6 downtown to Brooklyn Bridge only to get off and ride another train back up to Fulton Street. A slightly longer walk than expected led us to Pier 17 and the boatride around Manhattan island!
The boat not only took us to Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge, but it also did a tour around the southerrn tip of Manhattan and the WTC-site. After that, Ellis Island and Justice Island were also on the list.
Nearing Justice Island, our attention was drawn not to the statue on said island, but to a very remarkable move. USS Intrepid (the Spaceshuttle) was being carried on a barge right up the Hudson River towards its final destination at a museum whose name I cannot remember. Being the only Spaceshuttle to be transported, it is a really uncommon sight and for a short while f even more important than the French lady looking towards France.
She was nice as well. Needless to say, we took some pictures there. And then some more.
After getting off the boat, we rode some more trains to Rockefeller Center to go to “Top Of The Rock”. This is an observatory on the 69th floor which overlooks Central Park on one side and lower Manhattan including the Empire State building on the other side. What lovely views!
By this time, the weather has cleared fully and we even have received a sunburn from being up top for a little too long.
As we have made reservations for a show on Broadway this night, we needed to get our tickets from the box office at Minskoff theatre. A trip to Broadway meant we got our tickets and we were free to do whatever we like to do until 8PM.
As we had some time to kill we went to Central Park to chill out and give our sore feet a little off time. As Central Park is the place where the regular New Yorker does just that, we were in the right place at the right time. And boy, this park is huge!
Not only is it big, it is also a really nice and quiet place during the daytime to relax, sit back, and enjoy the scenery. Which we did,
Today yielded some more tips for future travellers to New York. Go eat at street side stands. Have a meal at Schnippers. Go to the top of the rock. (yes, this is cheesy, but good fun and really spectacular views) Spend the money, and go see a show on Broadway. Enjoy some time off at Central Park. Go to New York for more than 3 days. Get on a boat and see the skyline from the water. 🙂
There are some pictures to back my story up…