Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Day 2 - New York 2015

Day 2

So my day started with breakfast in the hotel restaurant, nothing great but OK'ish basic options. I had scramble egg (there was no other choice of Egg to choose from), Water Melon and some coffee.

I then made my way down to One World Observatory for a 9am reservation. There was a tiny queue before security (airport style) and we was up there in very little time.The footage in the lift as you go up i thought was quite good but the footage after you leave the lift sort of gave me goosebumps, I will leave it at that as I do not want to spoil it for you. I like the OWO, I think you really do get to "see everything", I have only been up the TOTR last Dec and will be doing so again so I will let you know my thoughts. I did not understand though why one the employees was discussing Pizza and the best type of Pizza, this was an official guide so to speak but I guess they are not just there to discuss OWO and what you can see. People have mentioned before that you cannot get to the glass to take pics sometimes as people sit by the glass but on this particular day it was fine, maybe because it was the first appointment of the day. After I left OWO, i moved onto the 911 Memorial pools, i noted that it would have been I think it was 4/5 victims birthday today and that was from one pool alone. I had an 11am reservation for 911 museum and I was actually dreading this part of the day as I had heard how emotional draining it could be. The queue was long even for us ticket holders but once they started to let the 11am folks through it moved quickly. I was impressed with how they have set it up. From the minute you walk in, the information is constant and the scene befitted that days events, everybody was quiet as they walked through, except a couple of teenagers. I think everybody should try and visit here if you have the time and if you feel that you can handle it, if you find that you cant handle it you can always leave. I spent roughly 2.5hrs here so be warned you can spend sometime here.

I then walked to St Pauls chapel, there was a childrens choir group singing and it really helped lift your spirits as they sang in the background whilst I walked around the chapel reading mostly positive things mainly about how the general public volunteered their time to help the rescue workers in the coming months after 911.

After the chapel I jumped on the subway and ended up in 42nd Port Authority, I was supposed to be going to the New York Public Library so i had to walk a little bit, I walked up 5th and then noticed Grand Central Terminal so I realised I had walked to far, I asked someone for directions and I basically had walked 2 blocks to far, in fact I walked right passed the library...I was even on the same side as the library. Anyway, I popped in the library and went into a couple of the reading rooms, everybody had laptops and I spotted one person with a book.

I then walked to GCT and headed straight to the Oyster bar, I was going to do a self guided tour but my feet was aching by now and i just wanted to sit. I ordered a beer and some fried oysters, I wasn't quite brave enough to try the raw ones but somehow I managed to pluck up the courage and ordered Sea Urchin....I liked it. It had a sort of earthy taste to it and there was some sort of gritty stuff in there, I would order this again. I enjoyed my little time here, I sat at the bar and just watched the workers doing what they do best. After an hour here, I walked to the main concourse and took a couple of snaps, the ceiling is just amazing and I plan to go back at some point. I went to the Apple store in there briefly, it has a setup in GCT that I have never seen anywhere before.

I started to walk back to the subway and on the way I popped into Bryant park, I did not see the ice skating rink there but saw a couple of the holiday market shops\stalls....again, I need to come back here when I have more time.

I came back to the hotel and rested, I was tired and I kept dosing off, at around 9pm, I decided to get back out there but went online to Opentable and decided to book Murray's Cheese bar in Greenwich Village. There was a great atmosphere in there, again I sat at the bar, spoke briefly to an American couple and had another beer. WOW, Greenwich village is very different to mid-town, so much quieter down there, I did not spend time roaming after Murrays as I will back there on Wednesday to do a tour.

I made my way back to my hotel and sat in the lobby and had a glass of white wine....I need to get my $35 per day worth.

That was my day, I was in my hotel room by 11:30pm, could not sleep until 2'ish and you guessed it by 5:30am i am awake again.

NYPL beautiful tree

Chrysler Christmas Tree

Sea Urchin

Murrays Cheese Bar

Ellis Island