25.09.2015 - 25.09.2015 24 °C
We were up bright and early this morning, our plan was to catch the Staten Island Ferry before sunrise so we could watch the sun come up over Manhattan, however last night we adjusted this plan to early, but not that early!!
The Staten Island Ferry is free, it goes right past the Statue of Liberty and has great views of the lower end tip of Manhattan, it was a bit chilly this morning until the sun came up, but we enjoyed the ride!
Following this we decided to find Bluestone Coffee, an Aussie coffee shop that is bringing Aussie coffee culture to New York City. We had a true Cappuccino, not a NYC version of black liquid with solid froth, latte’s, an avocado smash and VEGEMITE!!!! Ok so they didn’t get the vegemite spreading right but is was still a welcome change to sweet bread and sweet topping. The staff are mostly Aussie too, so it’s nice for a change.
We then wandered the financial district to see Wall Street, the NY Stock Exchange and the Bowling Green, along with the Charging Bull.
From here we wandered from Battery Park up to Tribeca, along the Hudson. We fell upon 'The Laughing Man’s Coffee and Tea' (Hugh Jackman has shares in this cafe which provides opportunities for bean growers in under developed countries) in Battery Park. We confirmed with the guy behind the counter, that Hugh pops into the other store in Tribeca, 'not this one, is that right?' He said "yep, but Leo calls in now and then” we waited…… but no Leonardo Di Caprio today!
The bottom right photo is to show the Halloween decorations in a bakery window.
We kept on wandering up towards the High Line and as we were the crowds and police barricades increased, the Pope might be coming this way - we were told. Joan and Mum thought they would wait a bit, while I walked up to Hugh’s other shop to get a selfie with Hugh if he popped in. Mum and Joan caught up with me and no Pope, and I had no luck with Hugh. Will have to formulate another plan!
We caught a cab up to the Highline in the meatpacking district and explored up here. After Mum catching my cold, her and Joan decided to head back for a quiet afternoon, while I wandered the area. They navigated the subway all by themselves - and did a great Job!!
I explored Chelsea, the West Village and Meatpacking and here is what I found:
Maxed out the credit card……sorry Michael!! (just kidding - I don’t think that security guy/doorman would even let me in!)
Carrie’s apartment and had a Magnolia Bakery cupcake (yep cliche, I know, but I don’t care!)
Then the Friends building.
Then I kept exploring, some vintage shopping and stopped in at another Bluestone for a snack.
This is a really great area, on my next NYC visit with Michael, this is where we will stay - very Surry Hills style atmosphere.
Made my way up to the Museum of Modern Art (top photo above of the sculpture garden) via Subway and spend some time here before heading to Zabars to buy an $8 home made spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. Life is just too easy IN NYC - cooking would not be needed!
Moma was good, but not as good as the Met, still my favourite so far. I will explore the Guggenheim over the weekend.
After dinner, we couldn’t resist dessert of Peach Pie, Coconut Cream Pie and Lemon Tart at Cafe Lalo