Today, I got on a subway and didn’t end up anywhere I wasn’t supposed to.
We had breakfast at McDonald’s because if you’ve never had a Big Breakfast with Hot Cakes then you haven’t lived (apologies to any vegans/vegetarians out there). The vanilla latte I had with it wasn’t half bad, either.
We nipped back to our hotel room to get our cameras and brush our teeth before heading back out again. I had a rough idea of where to go, just not the specifics. We got to Penn Station and shared a Metro card between us. Metro cards work in the same way as Oyster cards, in that you top them up with money to get places, except you can share it between as many people as you like. Take note, TFL.
Because Ben and Heather had a CityPass they went a different route to Jess and I. They got a ferry to the statue and Ellis island and had a look at the museum (which was apparently crap, but that’s just what I heard from them). Jess and I went on the free ferry that took us past the statue and back. When trying to get some photographs I pondered maybe getting a new lens with more zoom.
When we got back we waited around for Heather and Ben for a while, until Heather text us saying to go because they’d be a while and they knew the way back anyway. So we hopped on the subway to Central Park.
Central Park itself made me fully aware to the fact that I was actually in New York. It sounds odd to say, but before then it hadn’t really hit me that I was in the same place where a lot of my favourite movies were filmed. We took a stroll through the southern part of the park, seeing a jazz band as well as an ice rink and finally the zoo. We didn’t buy tickets to see any of the zoo’s attractions, but from a distance we could see some sea lions getting fed. It was strange seeing wildlife amongst the surrounding concrete towers.
When we left the park we took a look down Fifth Avenue. There were some truly amazing sights such as Trump Tower and the Apple Store, which is essentially a large glass cube where you get the elevator down in to the store below.
In movies set in New York, or any popular city for that matter, you see large skyscrapers branded with a name, such as OsCorp of Stark Tower. I never thought that any of these were practical until I saw Trump Tower.
After a while we took a right and ended up in the Rockefeller plaza. There was a large Lego store and a building home to NBC news.
We kept walking and eventually reached Time Square, at which point we had gone from a little peckish to rather hungry and with a “will literally eat anywhere as long as we can sit down” attitude. We were constantly being…how do I say this?…pestered by people trying to sell us tickets to stand-up comedy gigs.
We ended up eating at a place called Liberty Diner, below Applebee’s, next to Madame Tussauds. Again, I proved myself an unworthy competitor in the great Hannah vs. Food battle. I ordered a grilled chicken club and a diet coke. The coke came in a normal sized glass, but the food was generous. One thing I can say about being a tourist in New York is that you don’t leave a restaurant feeling unsatisfied.
When we got back to the hotel we discussed our plans for the next two days. Tomorrow we’re planning on going souvenir shopping followed by Chicago at 8. Then, seeing as it’s our last full day on Wednesday possibly going to Coney Island as well as the Brooklyn Bridge and Wall St, followed by a final meal out and a visit to the Rockefeller observation deck.