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We had breakfast at Rosen's Deli on East 51st Street between Madison and Park Avenues. It is right opposite St Patrick's Cathedral and is somewhere we went twice the last time I was here, and ended up there twice this trip too. After a number of hearty platefuls that set us up for the day, we strode out for the Empire State Building.

On the way, Mark decided he'd had enough of the cold and we stopped at one of the many tourist shops on 5th and he picked out a 'fetching' Cossack/ lumberjack hat with earflaps and a chinstrap. He maintained he'd rather be warm than look good, though I tried to dissuade him (see photo).

Sculpture of a commuter near Ground Zero...this is the kind of thing that amused me!

Mum was also on the quest for a hat, having looked in Bergdorf Goodman’s the day before (but could only find real fur hats that fit her head, and she certainly wasn't buying one of them), but failing to find one that she thought a) suited her and b) fitted her larger than average head!

Made it to Empire State Building, very short queues, although there was renovation work going on along the corridors to the elevators, but this wasn't a problem. The view from the top was stunning, as it was such a crisp, clear day. Got some photos that I'm pretty pleased with but it was unbelievably cold, especially on one side of the viewing platform, and a section of one side was roped off because of the wind. We also booked a helicopter flight around Manhattan at the ESB, which we were going to take in the afternoon, from the South Street Seaport.

The Doors of St Patrick's, inlaid with the images of saints.

After that we headed for Macy's, via Victoria's Secret. I stocked up on PJs (you just can't get funky ones in the UK!) and then bought THE most gorgeous pair of white floral Havaiana flip-flops in Macy's, which I've kept for the honeymoon! Clearly, they weren't being worn in snowy NYC!

From there it was on to Times Square which, though impressive by day, was so much better at night a couple of day's later, when we went to see a show. This was one area where the snow had been really well cleared, because there's so many police dotting around. But the sidewalks (sheesh, I'm turning into an honorary American!) were still heavily iced, which simply meant you couldn't rush.

We took the subway down to Battery Park to get to South Street Seaport to go on our helicopter flight.

Mural on the side of a fire station adjacent to Ground Zero
Although we'd been at the park the last time I was there, everything looked so different in the snow, and it took my breath away yet again, especially the view across the water.

We eventually found our way to the seaport on foot, via the Korean War memorial, another combat memorial and a photo call with a squirrel to discover you actually had to BOOK a slot for the helicopter, something the firm's agent at ESB neglected to tell us! We had one mad Mark and one cranky mummy on our hands...they said they were fully booked for the next day, but could take us in the middle of the day on the 18th. A small fib that we were leaving on the evening of the 17th secured us a slot at 9.30am on the 17th, so we set off for a coffee to warm up and see what else we could see.

So, after a pit stop in Starbucks, and a futile attempt to find the Bull in the financial district, we walked up through Wall Street, past the Stock Exchange and onto Ground Zero. Mum was very moved at the site where the Twin Towers had stood, and it was odd being back two years on for me and Mark seeing how much work had been done.

Fifth Avenue
We'd also been there on Valentine's Day last time, and there were a lot of very upset people laying flowers and posting photographs on the fencing. Work's really progressing at a fair lick, and subway trains are passing through again, and I'm sure it won't be long before the form of the new buildings become very apparent.

Mum and Dad decided to visit the 9/11 Museum adjacent to the site, while Mark and I set off to head uptown. We had a brief stop in at Century21, a massive clearance store opposite the Ground Zero site, but it was too hot, too busy, and too disorganised for us to be bothered. We took a leisurely stroll up towards City Hall and the Municipal Building, before taking the subway to Lexington and 59th.

Site of the Twin Towers
..the stop for Bloomingdales and also for Dylan's Candy Store.

Dylan's is owned by Dylan Lauren, the daughter of Ralph Lauren, and is an outstanding sweet shop. There's lots of up to date confectionery, as well as nostalgic sweeties. I stocked up on M&Ms in a Dylan's pail and some of their own brand chocolate in Milk, Plain, Mint, Smores and Honeycomb....MMMMMM!

Mark was on the hunt for a pair of shoes for our wedding, and he found them in Bloomies. So that was one mission completed!

We had dinner in an outstanding Chinese restaurant opposite the Doubletree on Lexington and E51st, called Mr K's.(www.mrksny.com) It was recommended to us by the concierge at the Doubletree, and is highly recommended in the Zagat guide, and we weren't disappointed.

Chrysler Building
Having spent time in China, I'm wary about eating at Chinese restaurants now, especially ones in Scotland which are poor substitutes. Until we ate at Mr K's I thought the best Chinese food outside China was to be found at Zheng He's at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, but Mr K's is an equal first. The setting is very opulent, with armchairs at the tables and plenty of serving staff. Each lady is given a fresh orchid on a pin to wear on her lapel when you enter, and everyone gets warm towels.
I ordered Pork and Spring Onion Steamed Dumpling to start and they were stupendous, exactly like 'Granny' used to make them in Jimo! For mains, I had strips of beef with broccoli and black beans, and it was also delicious. Everyone was very impressed, the wine list was broad and varied and Mark chose us a lovely bottle of Chianti.

And then it was just a short stumble across the road (literally, just 10 metres/ 30 feet) to the hotel and off to bed.

A great day, and a brilliant introduction to New York for Mum & Dad.

sheba124 says:
The bull in the financial district is on Broadway not too far from Smithsonian.. I work just a couple of blocks away from there.
Posted on: Jan 13, 2008
AndiPerullo says:
I live right next to Battery Park. Glad you like that area so much, though I must say I'm really dissapointed with the speed in which the 9/11 area has been rebuilt. It's 6 years after the fact now and they still have done nothing.
Posted on: Oct 20, 2007
cabotono says:
gooD!
Posted on: Aug 24, 2007
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Atlas by day
Atlas by day
Sculpture of a commuter near Groun…
Sculpture of a commuter near Grou…
The Doors of St Patricks, inlaid …
The Doors of St Patrick's, inlaid…
Mural on the side of a fire statio…
Mural on the side of a fire stati…
Fifth Avenue
Fifth Avenue
Site of the Twin Towers
Site of the Twin Towers
Chrysler Building
Chrysler Building
Works ongoing to rebuild the site
Work's ongoing to rebuild the site
Empire State Building
Empire State Building
New Yorks Municipal Hall
New York's Municipal Hall
Looking downtown
Looking downtown
Jeffrey The Rabbit at Dylans Cand…
Jeffrey The Rabbit at Dylan's Can…
The Flat Iron Building from the Em…
The Flat Iron Building from the E…
Chrysler from the ESB
Chrysler from the ESB
A very heavily frosted New York
A very heavily frosted New York
Me & Mark atop the ESB
Me & Mark atop the ESB
The smile hides how cold I was!
The smile hides how cold I was!
A shoppers paradise
A shopper's paradise
Times Square
Times Square
Scultpure from the foyer of one of…
Scultpure from the foyer of one o…
A Battery Park Squirrel
A Battery Park Squirrel
Korean War Memorial
Korean War Memorial
Sculpture at the dock for the Elli…
Sculpture at the dock for the Ell…
Memorial to Americas fallen in Ba…
Memorial to America's fallen in B…
Wall Street Stock Exchange
Wall Street Stock Exchange
George Washington on Wall Street
George Washington on Wall Street
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