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New York- The High Line

We spent our 3.5 days in Manhattan entirely South of Central Park.  I found, you can, very quickly, get used the steel and stone jungle that is New York, and sort of forget that grass and nature exists. There are little parks and squares dotted around, but I’m not sure they’re the reason people travel to NYC.  Not to burst your bubble, but it turns out Madison Square Garden is neither square or a garden…some kind of entertainment venue…

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Anyway, the weather turned much nicer (it jumped from 4 celsius to 18 the next day).  So we, and everyone else in Manhattan, decided to walk The High Line.  The High Line is an old railroad that runs about 20 blocks (1.5miles) that has been turned into a kind of park.  It runs from 34th street to Gansevoort street on the West side.  I would say it’s mostly a raised walkway with plants along it.  It was quite pleasant but at times we were trudging along behind people we couldn’t get around.  It was, however, a much quicker way to move through the streets of New York than on street level!Day 32

Above and below are some views from The High Line.  It’s a little hit or miss with what you see, Manhattan is so built up that at various points you’re just surrounded by sky scrapers.  But there is some interesting street art dotted around. In between the buildings though you do get a few good views along the long straight streets.   It’s a free activity in a city that can get quite pricey.

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Traveling USA- New York City- Day Two

Hey, part two of my trip to New York City.  You can see Day One here.

Day two started reasonably early because I had booked the 9:30am boat to Ellis Island and Liberty Island, we picked the early boat to avoid the crowds and I really recommend that.  Of course I don’t know what it would be like at 2pm because we didn’t do that tour but every half hour a boat full of people arrive on the island and so it just gets busier and busier.

We walked down to Battery Park to get the boat, I had always though of New York as a very built up city and never thought of it as an island so I was kind of surprised when we got down to the waterfront; it’s really beautiful!

You have to go through various rounds of security checks as you queue for the ferry and once you get on you want to snag a spot on the top deck by the rail so you get the best view. Stay at the back if you want a great view of Manhattan, and the front if you want to get a early peak of the Statue of Liberty.

The weather was beautiful and we started with Liberty island where Lady Liberty was waiting for us.  We took a brief pause so boyfriend could get a burger breakfast (I had some fruit and yoghurt but the food there was not very exciting) before heading into the pedestal museum.  Little tip if you want to go all the way up to the top of the statue you need to book super far in advance because those tickets go months ahead of time, we just got pedestal ones. The museum inside is quite interesting, you get an audio tour when you arrive on the island and this continues inside, and you learn all about the original design and construction of the statue as well as its maintenance.

New York City

New York City

Then we got back on the ferry and headed to Ellis Island which was the entry point for a significant number of immigrants to America in the early 20th century and now houses an immigration museum.  The museum is quite interesting and there’s a lot to see, although I wished they had focused more on how hard the immigration procedure could be on new arrivals because I feel that was glossed over.  We only lasted through the main immigration display though and a quick looksee a the big hall upstairs where immigrants were processed.  Then we had reached our endpoint, I think jet lag was catching up with us a bit.  The food on offer in the Ellis Island museum was pitiful, there was no cafe but a stand and people literally sitting on the floor of the corridor to eat.

We headed back to Manhattan to find lunch.

We ended the day with an evening trip to Times Square.  Highlights included the Toys R Us with the giant ferris wheel and animatronic dinosaur!  We also popped into the M and Ms store and Hersheys Store (where I bought Jolly Ranchers for the gang at work).  Times Square New York really reminded me of Times Square in London, and actually NYC reminded me of London generally. Once again we failed to get any dinner/tea and didn’t manage to stay awake beyond 9pm!

Stay tuned for part three!

 

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Traveling USA: New York City- Day One

The first installment in my Traveling USA series.  We flew to New York, then flew to San Francisco and rented a car, we drove to Yosemite, Death Valley, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and up the coast to San Francisco. So starting at the beginning…

Boyfriend and I left Manchester Airport, UK at about 9:30am on the 31st March.   We had got up about 4am that morning and traveled 3300 miles West and 6 hours back in time arriving in Newark, New Jersey at 12pm ish local time or 17pm UK time.  So by that point we had been awake for 13hours.

There is an airport airtrain that takes you through the terminals and out to the NJ Transit stop and that was all fairly easy.  The ride into New York took 40mins or so and we got out at Penn Station New York (careful not get off at the Penn Station Newark!).  I had already looked up in advance places that we could leave our luggage and there seems to be a few in that area but we used Short Term Stow 270 West 36th Street.  It costs us $10 a bag and made life soooo much easier!

We had prebooked timed tickets for Top of the Rock at 5pm so we had a lot to fit in!  First and most important- we ate food!  We were quite hungry and wandered around looking for places that I had looked up before we arrived but they were closed down:(  So we found a deli and got burgers, which hit the spot.  There was baseball on in the background, pictures of celebrities on the wall, and before our food arrive the waiter brought a pickle on a plate!  We had arrived!

New York, USA

New York, USA

We also did the Public Library which is an incredible building, and free for a wander around although there is a security guard checking bags.  We also saw the Grand Central Terminal which was also impressive but at rush hour quite busy.  We went downstairs and wandered into the deli-market area and I wanted to buy ALL the food but we couldn’t take anything with us.  We saw Radio City Music Hall, the Flat Iron building, and the Empire State’s Building (walked past it without realising as it isn’t very impressive from the bottom!).

Top of the Rock, NYC

Top of the Rock, NYC

And we went to Rockefeller Center for our trip to the top, we bought our tickets before we left the UK online and I paid extra to get some free photos.  One thing about America is that EVERYWHERE you go they will take your photo when you arrive for you to buy later, the TOTR ones were the only ones we got because I had already paid for them.  We were very lucky it was a clear sunny day and we had a great view, it was also a weekday and not really peak tourist season so, although there were people, the crowds were minimal.  The timed tickets also mean you’re not queuing that long, which was the main reason we went to the Top of the Rock instead of the top of the Empire State’s Building.

Day one ended with us trying to track down our host to get a key for our accommodation.  The NYC subway system is incredibly confusing for the uninitiated; no signs, no maps, no staff, no phone signal.  We walked up and down stairs many times carrying very suitcases trying to figure out where to go.  When we finally got to our accommodation, got showered and changed it was about 9pm (3am UK time) and we had been awake for 23hours.

Stay tuned for part two!

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