*Special* New York Day Three and Four

Wednesday…

Wednesday we had sore feet. Having walked everywhere on Tuesday, we decided to brave the Subway, and save our toes…

First stop was B+H Photo – a New York Superstore. It was huge! It was two floors and had conveyor belts running along the ceilings to all the different tills and help desks. You go to the department you want and speak to someone about what you want, and you get given a receipt, you can do this in all the different departments and then take your receipt to the main desk where you pay and pick up all your stuff – like an upmarket, expensive camera based Argos…

B+H Photography - AKA Gareth's Heaven...

B+H Photography – AKA Gareth’s Heaven…

Gareth bought a new tripod, and we had a wander round – very impressive, and very busy! After that, we decided to have a bit of a shopping day, so we checked out a huge shoe shop (I only bought two pairs, I was very good!) and then wandered into Macy’s. Macy’s is the biggest store in the world, and has departments for everything! It really was huge, spanning an entire block.

We also wandered around the H&M, and down 5th Avenue, watching the consumerism at full pelt… Recession? Not from where we were standing! Finally with blisters on blisters we found a sandwich shop and I ordered a meatball sandwich and felt like Joey from Friends…

Meatball Sub :)

Meatball Sub 🙂

After a quick trip on the Subway back to the Hotel to drop off the shopping, we went back to Midtown and I took Gareth to Times Square. He went into David Bailey mode and clicked away to his hearts content whilst I admired the pretty lights…

Times Square

Times Square

Gareth in his element...

Gareth in his element…

The place is amazing, men and women in cartoon character suits wander round having their photo taken with you for a few bucks, whilst everything you can think of is advertised in huge letters and lights. It looked like daylight everywhere we looked, and there were people EVERYWHERE! Every two steps there were hot dog vans, people selling t-shirts and other tourist junk in the streets and people giving out flyers for restaurants/”gentlemen’s clubs”/comedy shows/musicals etc. This poor Lobster guy was also there a few days later when we came back…

When Gareth had filled a memory card, and we had had a few cheap steaks, we walked down to the Empire State Building. Very 1920’s in style and architecture, the place is a sight to behold. Inside, despite being very tourist-y, it’s very glamorous, and after two elevator rides to the 86th floor, we walked out onto the observation deck and a breath-taking view of NY…

View from the Empire State Building - 86th Floor

View from the Empire State Building – 86th Floor

Another view from the top...

Another view from the top…

Don't look down...

Don’t look down…

 

The top of the Empire State Building - sans King Kong

The top of the Empire State Building – sans King Kong

You could see every major building and landmark, the Flat Iron, Chrysler, Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, and all the cars and people milling around like ants below. Very beautiful, and also very windy! We walked round and snapped pictures from every side, north, south, east and west, before sitting and staring at the view. Beautiful, and for once in New York, quite peaceful….

Thursday…

Thursday came and we had big plans to see the 9/11 Memorial and the Statue of Liberty. However, the queue for the ferry for Staten Island was about 5 hours long, so we sat and looked at the view and the statue of Liberty from afar. We also spent an hour wandering around the park there, and the WW2 US NAvy Memorial – which was very poignant, before heading off to the 9/11 memorial…

Statue of Liberty... from afar

Statue of Liberty… from afar

US Navy WW2 Memorial

US Navy WW2 Memorial

 

US Navy WW2 Memorial

US Navy WW2 Memorial

Again, the queue for the memorial was huge, so we stopped and looked at the area, and some of the information stops about the new buildings…

The new buildings at the site of the twin towers

The new buildings at the site of the twin towers

After quite a sad and reflective morning, we decided to cheer ourselves up, so Gareth bought a giant pretzel from a stall in the street (he always wanted to try one….)

Gareth eating a giant pretzel - the man with the stall insisted on being in the picture...

Gareth eating a giant pretzel – the man with the stall insisted on being in the picture…

We then headed back into the middle of the city, to Grand Central Station. I remember being here before and loving it, it’s beautiful, and it didn’t let me down this time either. The ceiling is painted with star constellations, and the architecture is very grand…

 

Grand Central Station - amazing...

Grand Central Station – amazing…

The constellations on the ceiling...

The constellations on the ceiling…

Gareth spent a good half an hour in the Apple Store there, but sadly was unable to buy an iPhone 5 as they only came with American contracts… after wandering round Grand Central Station and the streets round it, we wandered over to the Museum of Modern Art and had a good look round, and me and Gareth saw one of our favourite paintings…

Starry Night - Vincent Van Gogh

Starry Night – Vincent Van Gogh

Finally, we wandered back into the city, popped into a deli for some food, and came across this famous sculpture…

Me and Gareth in front of the Love sculpture...

Me and Gareth in front of the Love sculpture…

…before heading back to the hotel room for an early night and some American TV…

The picture above our bed!

The picture above our bed!

TTFN,
Laura and Gareth xxx

 

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