This was my second time visiting New York and it was a lot better the second time around. I don’t know if it was because I went for longer or because I knew what to expect, I’m not quite sure.
The enormousness of New York still surprises and amazes me. Going for 7 days was so much better. It gave us so much more time to walk about and take it all in, instead of just rushing from point to point.
Our first full day we went and picked up our New York passes and went to the Empire State Building. You don’t realise how tall the buildings are until you are on top of the buildings and all the other buildings just look tiny.
On the Monday we went Downtown towards the one world trade centre and the 9/11 memorial. The difference between Downtown and Midtown, the massiveness of the buildings replaced by ‘normal’ sized buildings and the streets don’t feel so compact. The 9/11 memorial was breathtaking beautiful and so peaceful. A fitting tribute for those that died.
The One World Trade Centre is beautifully designed and the mirrored glass windows make it look really cool and give it a really nice effect. Very similar to the Empire State Building.
On the Tuesday we went back Downtown to go over to Brooklyn via the Brooklyn Bridge. The skyline of New York from the Brooklyn Bridge was amazing, getting to see all the buildings from a distance, looking so small. Brooklyn itself is a place I would probably never visit again. Walking round Brooklyn just make me feel very out-of-place. I think we spent about half an hour in there before we decided to come back. After that we went to the Rockefeller Centre, which was my favourite view from all the observation decks. We got a lovely view of the Empire State Building and the One World Trade Centre in the background. It is also the best one to get a view of Central Park.
On the Wednesday we went to Central Park. It’s such a beautiful Park. We started off walking around the reservoir, which we got to see the beautiful skyline of the busy Midtown. We spent about two hours trying to find the friends fountain, which actually isn’t the friends fountin ( I’m gonna pretend it is anyway). Then we spent another load of time trying to find the Zoo. How lost we got just shows how bit the Park is. The Zoo was a lot better than I was expecting and it had penguins so I was happy. They had a some Sea Lions that were just doing tricks in the pool by themselves.
One thing I did notice was how tame the animals are. We had a squirrel come up to us and climb all over us just to get some one the nuts we were eating. It had no fear at all.
After Central Park we went to get something to eat and we just happens to bump into Ray Romano He just walked into this tiny pizza place and sat next to us just talking about pizza!
On Thursday it was Mitch’s birthday and we went to the U.S.S. Intrepid. Which was pretty cool, looking at the different planes and seeing how they all fit on the aircraft carrier and the living quarters for the army men on board. We then went on a water taxi to see the Statue of Liberty. Which was pretty cool, getting to see Manhattan from a distance.
On Friday, our last day, we did the high line walk. Which was where the old subways use to be. It was beautifully done, with really nice modern feel to it as well as keeping a bit of the history in it.
My second time back to New York and I loved it more than before and fell ever more in love with the beautiful city.