Ok so are you guys ready for part two? Here’s part one if you missed it: Taking a Bite out of the Big Apple Part #1 Sorry it’s taken a while, it’s that darn thing called life getting in the way again! But yeah, here we go! 🙂
We began our day by marching through Times Square and down into the subway. I was greeted with a blissfully metallic smell and bustling people all with determined grimaces on their faces. I have to say I absolutely loved the subway, discovering it was one of the best parts of the trip. It’s so different to the London underground with a much more urban stripped back feel. I love how when you stand on the platform and the train rushes through you feel like your going to be blown away like Mary Poppins! It really is like entering a different world, like Alice falling down the rabbit hole. (Ok, I’ll stop with the book references now :P) At several platforms there were aspiring musicians, and the subway provided some fantastic acoustics; melodies of jazz and gospel bounced off every wall. We got off at the Staten Island Ferry, where we joined the commuters to catch a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty. Unfortunately it was a pretty cloudy day, but an amazing sight all the same.
After coming full circle we exited the Ferry and ambled idly through Battery Park, the world financial centre and The Sphere memorial. Along the way we encountered some very friendly squirrels. They were so tame that this man was able to feed them nuts straight from his hands, and they began climbing all over his body and up his trouser legs!
We then stopped for lunch in Chinatown/Little Italy, which was actually nothing like I thought it would be. It was a lot more run down, and un-scenic than I imagined. While in the area we also popped over to the famous Deli that features in the film Where Harry met Sally.
The rest of the daylight hours were spent shopping down 5th Avenue searching for souvenirs and closely inspecting the New York fashion. Of course, I was much more interested in the huge Barnes & Noble with two huge floors of books (to my companions dismay) since we don’t have that store in England.
The final event of the day was Broadway, hurrah! I chose to go and see The Phantom of the Opera which was absolutely fantastic. I’ve never been a fan of opera but still enjoyed it immensely, I got tingles down my spine from the way the actors were able to convey every emotion of the character, the singing was so breathtaking, I was completely in awe.
Day four began with another trip on the subway, this time to Queens to visit the Museum of Modern Image, a fascinating place! We took part in a stop motion workshop and then were given free reign. They had so many amazing masks and puppets including many from Star Wars, (Yoda being the coolest!) the girl from the Exorcist, models from Black Swan, costumes for films such as The Dark Crystal, and even several of the Muppets were present!
When it was time to move on we exited stage left and continued walking until we reached Chelsea Market. (Which wasn’t very market-ey in my opinion.) Here we paused for lunch and waited for our tour guide to arrive. After a short rest our tour guide led us through the Meatpacking District, and the dock where the Titanic was supposed to arrive before ascending the High Line. This was originally an elevated railway line that ran through the buildings when New York was industrialized. However when the industrial side collapsed it became useless. But nothing goes unused in New York for long, and so it was converted into a pleasant walkway surrounded by tree’s and flowers.
After walking a considerable way we descended from the High Line and continued our tour which took us past the famous Hotel Chelsea where many people have stayed including Dylan Thomas, Pink Floyd and The Sex Pistols. After gawping in awe we hopped on the tube again to our final destination, the Brooklyn Bridge.
This was, without a doubt, the biggest highlight of the trip for me. The amount of times I’ve caught scenes on TV showing the Brooklyn Bridge and sighed longingly….I can’t even count. With wide eyes, a gawping mouth and an unsteady walk I tried to take in everything around me. The beautiful stone form, the unbelievable symmetry, the picturesque view. I could have stayed there for hours absorbing it all.
Dinner that evening was an experience in itself. Tucked away in it’s own little corner of Times Square was Ellen’s Stardust Diner. Ellen’s is the home of many wannabe Broadway actors that sing, dance, and prance around on tables while you eat your meal, and if your unlucky enough, they try and get you to join in. I tried to take pictures and video’s, but unfortunately they didn’t come out very well. So a YouTube clip will have to suffice:
The guy featured in the video was actually there when I went as well, I’m not entirely sure if he was compos mentis! It’s kind of one of those things that’s almost so abnormal/random/horrifying you can’t look away! :S
(Sorry for the long-ness of this post guys, the end is nigh!)
My last day in New York our group hopped onto the subway once again, and made our way to the Guggenheim Museum of art, followed by the Museum of Modern art and I have to admit, apart from the architecture of the place, I wasn’t really enthralled. One exhibit for instance, was screwed up pieces of red paper on the floor. This was apparently something to do with women’s rights. Do you think they’ll excuse me for not getting it?
We then took a quick detour back into Central Park to check out the Alice in Wonderland Statue, and then that was it! It was time to pack our bags and head home. On the plane home I read the first third of Mockingjay which luckily managed to distract me from feeling as sick as I did on the plane journey there. Yay! Speaking of which, hopefully my review for Mockingjay will be up for you guys to read soon as I finished it ages ago but just haven’t gotten round to writing my post on it.
Hope you’re all having a great weekend! 🙂
19 thoughts on “Taking a Bite out of the Big Apple Part #2”
Fantastic! And you managed to hit most of my stomping grounds in one trip.
Glad you had such a good time!
Thank you! 🙂 I really did it was amazing, I definitely want to go back again at some point.
The Brooklyn Bridge is one of THE most amazing pieces of architecture/art in the world. You must see a show about how it was built. It will totally amaze you about what went into constructing it. The engineering was WAY ahead of its time.
Your pics are incredible!
Great idea! I’m definitely interested in finding out more. The tour guide did give us a small summarized version about how everyone believed it couldn’t be done and that they man was a genius, but then he got his foot caught under a ferry and died of gangrene. So then the son took over but then he went crazy or something, so the wife ended up finishing it but her name wasn’t put on the bridge. Is that about the gist of it? We were only given a small amount of information though and I’m sure there’s lots more intresting information that I have yet to discover! 🙂
“The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge by David G. McCullough ” is a fascinating (long) look at the building of the Brooklyn Bridge.
I read this and was blown away by the subject the detail, and the fact that it was a very readable book.
The son suffered from the bends (from pressure changes going up and down the caissons. His wife became his mouthpiece, and the project manager to keep the project moving).
It really is a great story.
Ooooh thank you. This is definitely going on my TBR pile! 🙂
The tour guy didn’t tell us that, tut tut. I Can’t wait to find out more about it.
Ha ha that dude in the video IS bonkers! I was more fascinated by how the other waiters just walked by casually as if nothing was happening! Ha! Lol.
But wow, you must be exhausted Becks, that’s a lot to take in in 5 days! Some of your pics definitely remind me of movies I’ve seen.
I don’t think I heard of Chelsea market before though. Do they have real shops and stalls and the like?
Haha, I know it’s so strange! 😛 I imagine if you worked their long enough it would get really tedious because it seems like they only have a limited playlist.
Lol, yeah I definitely was! I haven’t done that much excersise in a while, plus I barely got any sleep on the plane journey home, and then I made myself stay up to help nullify the effects of jetlag. So the last day I was up for around 36 hours. I think it took about 4 days for me to recover haha. 🙂
Chelsea market wasn’t perticually what I actually percieve to be a market, but my definition of the word might be wrong. To me it was just like a small shopping centre because there weren’t any stalls. However there were lots of food shops and coffee places, and oppotunities to buy post cards. It was quite pretty in there, they had this beautiful walkway absolutely covered in Christmas-type lights and a clock was hanging from the middle of it. They also had this weird red waterfall 🙂
Your definition is probably right, I think they use a broader meaning of the word market.
And I love the waterfall there. They removed a section of pipe to let the water fall freely.
That building was an old (I believe Cookie) factory.
Really? Cool they didn’t tell us that. Cookies, NOM! Yeah, the waterfall was definitely cool 🙂
I LOVE Phantom of the Opera. It’s incredible on broadway!! I’m so glad you got to see it!!!
I’m so glad you liked it! It really was fantastic, I’m so glad I got to see it too! 🙂
I heard the their was another broadway show created that follows up what happens in the Phantom of the Opera, have you ever seen that? Several people have mentioned it to me but they said it wasn’t as good as the original…I’m not sure what it’s called either.
P.S, thanks for your plane advice, it really helped 🙂
oh wow! I’ve never heard of that! Interesting! I can’t imagine it was great. Just probably there for the people who need to finish the story 🙂
I’m glad my advice was helpful. 😀
That Brooklyn Bridge looks mental. In a good way of course.
Sounds like you had a fab time over there.
I have to be honest if that bloke was singing and yelling whilst I was munching on some chips and stuff, it would drive me insane.
I really did, it was amazing! I still can’t believe it really happened 🙂
Haha yeah, it would drive me a little insane if I stayed in there for a long time too!
Oh also, I’ve downloaded your book ready to read, so I’m going to try and read it once I finish the book I’m on if your still interested in me reviewing it?
Yup, I am still very much interested in you reviewing it!
Take your time and stuff though, no need to rush on my part.
Cool. Will keep you posted 🙂
Fabulous round-up dear, fabulous. Sounds like a completely hectic but worthwhile trip! I’m amazed at how much you fit in. And yes, it’s made me want to go to NY even more.
Great pictures too. I actually really liked the cloudy Statue of Liberty; it made her look mysterious and imposing 😉
Hehee thank you. 🙂 It was crazy hectic! We were only there for four nights which equated to 4 and a half days of packing in all this crazy stuff. We woke up early and stayed out until the late evenings and were all knackered by the end of each day. It was a long way to go and very expensive so we wanted to pack in as much as possible!
Thanks, I’m ‘snap happy’ as someone in my family would say, LOL, taking pictures of everything and keeping myself amused. 😛 Hmm maybe you’re right, I prefer that interpretation!