First full day in NYC!!
23.09.2015 - 23.09.2015 27 °C
View from our lounge room
Our morning started by wandering down our street on the upper west side at West 83rd, to Broadway, we then walked down to W 72nd Street, where we headed across town towards Central Park. This gave Mum and Joan a feel for the area and practice trying to work out how to navigate NYC.
As NYC is a giant grid, it is a simple as moving uptown, downtown and across town. All you need to figure out is where you are and where you are headed. Both of them are experts now!
We walked by the Dakota building where John Lennon was assassinated, and then visited Strawberry Fields - the John Lennon Memorial, in Central Park to consider the great musician who once walked here.
We wandered through Central Park towards the East side, passing Bethesda Fountain, the Boathouse, Conservatory Pond - with remote control toy sailboats sailing on the water (scenes from Stuart little and Trainwreck, were filmed here). It is such a beautiful day here today, the sun is shining, there are so many out enjoying the park and the sunshine, having been here in the sparse, cold winter, it is great to see it at another time of the year. I love both visits for different reasons.
The top left photo is for you Michael! I know you love the Central Park lamp posts!
We got to the upper east side, and walked down 5th Avenue, seeing many familiar places along the way, The Plaza Hotel, the Apple Store, of course we stopped in at Tiffany's (not for breakfast), we wandered past a church where there were lots of people inside and decided to stop on, later finding out it was St Patrick's Cathedral, the church where the Pope is giving a service tomorrow evening.
Our next destination was The Rockerfeller Centre, where we had a beautiful lunch and made our way to 'Top of the Rock' where the views of the city were phenomenal, Joan and Mum were able to get a better sense of the city from this angle also.
Next lesson of the day - how to travel on the subway!
We purchased our 7 day unlimited metro card, then worked out how fast New Yorkers move when they are on a mission! We caught the subway one stop to 42nd St, exited at Bryant Park for a look here and at the NYC Library (where Carrie and Big didn't get married - for Sex and the City fans!).
Now 42nd Street is the place to visit as there are so many classic sights to see, we visited Grand Central Station - where we tried out the whispering gallery and the Aussie coffee shop Cafe Grumpy, for some decent coffee! We headed a cross the road to the foyer of my favourite building - The Chrysler Building, visited the Daily News building - Superman's workplace (and Joan thought I was kidding when I said we were visiting here!), then we wandered up to Tudor place for amazing views right across the city and of the UN building.
Joan and Mum in the corner - nah not really, they are having a turn at the whispering gallery where if you stand in opposite diagonal corners and whisper, the other person can hear you very clearly!
Today, there is a higher presence of police and barricades in the city. They were in Central Park, on the upper east and on 42nd Street. We saw big black cars with sirens, blacked out windows, security and motorcade - we thought it was all linked to the Pope arriving tomorrow, but asked a NYC Policeman, who informed us it was for the UN Summit of country leaders starting tomorrow. There were police on every corner, set of steps and bridges in the UN building area. In addition to this, there is the 'Global Citizen Festival' in Central Park that is organised by Chris Martin - this ties in with the meeting of the UN aims to fight poverty, hunger, and climate change. Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Cold Play and Pearl Jam are part of the performance list. It is nice that all of these important people joined us in NYC at this time!!
After all this walking, we caught a cab across 42nd street, through time square and back up to Zabars - an iconic upper west side deli/grocery store, (featured in numerous movies - 'you've got mail' being one). Here we bought some food supplies and treats and checked out what we can go back and buy for our dinners in the upcoming days - you can purchase ready made home cooked meals, salads, soups, pastas - and all you can imagine. If I lived in NYC, I would never need cook again!