|View from the Top of the Rock - all that green is Central Park|
|View from Empire State @ night.|
Monday: Conference, and finally went to Empire State Building that night. Also since conference (and my hotel) were on 5th Ave, did a fair bit of walking up and down and shopping. Since we'd already been to the top of the Rock during the day, it was great to see the view at night time from the Empire State Building. It is so peaceful up there, and it's cool to recall movies you've seen where people are up there. Definitely recommend.
Tues: Conference and practicing my talk, so not much happened this day. Except a little shopping in Fashion District. Oh and being woken up at 2am to this, of course.
Wed: Conference, ate @ Irish pub the Playwright (off 35th Street and 5th Ave - pretty good pub food), and then went to see Mary Poppins on Broadway. I think that seeing a play in New York is a must-do. The quality of the performances are fantastic and the whole audience really gets into it. Tickets aren't that expensive - we paid US$74 on the day and got pretty reasonable seats. Though if you're savvy you can easily get cheaper tickets if you know the right places to go. Plus - I got to cross #13 off my 30 before 30 list!
|Grand Central Station|
Thurs: Boat tour of Hudson River and East River, Grand Central Station, Shopping in SoHo. The boat tour was great, had fantastic views of Manhattan, as well as NJ and Long Island. The boat also goes past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Some pics here. We didn't actually go to either island, but we were OK with that. You still got to see a lot from the boat, but again if I had more time I'd want to go particularly to Ellis Island to learn about the history of a lot of early immigrants to the US. Grand Central Station was impressive (and we whispered in the 'whispering area') and then on to a LOT of shopping. Started off in SoHo, accidentally ended up in Canal St which is a bit dodgy (a lot of people on street corners trying to sell 'Rolex' and 'Gucci'), and then went back to midtown. Also went to Macy's and Bloomingdales. I really liked Macy's - there was heaps of different stuff, and it sure is cheap compared to prices in Sydney. Save up for some shopping there! Tip: go to the visitor's desk and show your passport - they give you a 10% off voucher! Had drinks off 5th ave and also Korean for dinner. I forget the name of the place but it was on 35th St. Tip: Make sure you only eat at places which have a big 'A' sign in the window - anything less and it means it's a bit suspicious by health department standards!
|This monstrous creation is called: Cookie Doughn't you want some|
Fri: Last minute shopping and went back to Times Square. Went to White Castle on 8th Ave for lunch due to request from Husband (he is quite the fan of the movie Harold & Kumar go to White Castle) - I think it was a bit of a dodgy area actually and was a bit scared I'd be stabbed! Anyway, then went to Cold Stone Creamery and got something even I thought was too sweet (but awesome): cake batter ice cream with cookie dough, choc chips, caramel, and choc fudge. ohmygoodness. Then had to go back to JFK airport to go home.
Other areas I wish I got to properly look at: Wall Street, Ground Zero, and the three other boroughs of New York (Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island). I also really wanted to go to Letterman, but it seemed a bit difficult to get tickets so if you want to go I recommend you try to do that in advance (like maybe a few weeks) too.
Have you been to New York? What did you like the best? Haven't gone yet? What are you really wanting to see?