Sunday, 19 November 2017

New York (Days 2 & 3) - Heights, sights and songs

For the next couple of days in New York we took in a lot of the big sights. Catching glimpses of the breath-taking infamous skyline, walking miles and miles and seeing thousands of faces across the city.

For the best views we decided to visit Top of the Rock twice, in the daytime and at night, so we picked a pass that let us do just that and made the two trips fit into the rest of our day. We ventured across there first thing in the morning and absolutely melted at the top in the strong sun.

Whether you have visited twenty times or never before, the views don't cease to amaze you. The sheer size of Manhattan, the height you’re at and the hundreds of buildings all packed onto the one island can never fail to be beautiful.

Going up to the Rock is always an experience from entering the lobby to taking a trip in the lift to venture up to the top floor. At night time the city changes into a landscape that twinkles with the millions of lights across the city. It's a totally different atmosphere and it is a must see.

Top of the Rock Day and Night
Top of the Rock Day and Night
Top of the Rock Day and Night
Top of the Rock Day and Night
Top of the Rock Day and Night
Grand Central Terminal tourist New York
Grand Central Terminal tourist New York

During our second day, we also came across Grand Central Terminal. With so many films featuring this exquisite train station, you can’t help but stop by and have a nosy. Its a great stop for a couple of photos and if you're a candle lover, there is a Bath and Body Works a stone’s throw from the station.

The weather really held up for us in New York considering it was October. Throughout our stay it was pleasantly warm. We wore shorts everyday and were regularly filling up our water bottles. Our first stop on the third day had to be to take some time out in the gorgeous weather and stroll through Central Park. This was about a 20-30 minute walk from our hotel which wasn't bad at all. When we entered the park we started to walk towards the iconic boating lake. We chose not to take a boat out as we had much more to see, so we walked towards the nearest subway and hopped on a train to walk the Brooklyn Bridge.

Central Park tourist october new york
Central Park tourist october new york
Central Park tourist october new york
Brooklyn Bridge New York
Brooklyn Bridge New York
A Bronx Tale New York Theatre

The Brooklyn Bridge is actually really easy to find. It is quite near the bottom of Manhattan, where we'd been on our first day. We started to walk across the bridge and at first we didn't realise just how long it was. With the hustle and bustle of people and bikes to content with, we got to the first open area and then headed back knowing we had lots more to fit into our visit. It was great to see the bridge, and on another day we might have walked the length, but with a short stay in New York it wasn't to be. After we'd been to visit the 9/11 Memorial site, we took a subway back Uptown to get ready for the theatre.

We had booked our tickets to see A Bronx Tale direct at the theatre the day before which provided us with reasonable prices and a great view. The actual show was fantastic. I didn't know what to expect before I went into it as I hadn't heard of the story beforehand. It turned out to be a really interesting story with some great songs and lots of humour. Definitely one that will interest both men and women.

So with days 2 & 3 done, it was on to our last full day in NYC and we were off to Coney Island. That deserves a post of its own, coming soon...
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