Day two part 2: Midtown

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Times Square
After we cancelled our ESB visit we went north and visited the magnificent New York Public Library and the Christmas Market in Bryant Park. The beautiful ice skating rink in Bryant Park provided a real perfect christmas atmosphere. We spent there a while people watching and continued to Grand Central Station for taking a couple of nightshots beore continueing to the famous christmas tree in Rockefeller Center where we took some nice pictures and video clips. The weather was getting a bit better and so I decided to check out the new observation deck „Top of the Rock“, which re-opened in 2006. Ewa had no idea where we were going and was pretty amazed when we entered the elevater, which brought us to the 67th floor. The view was, well, okay at this time but NYC at night is still an experience, cloudy or not. We did a few photos and videoshots and hurried a bit fro getting back on the streets, because it was freakin’ cold up there :)
When we left the building at around 8.45pm directly next to the famous Radio City Music Hall, we spontaneously bought two of the few tickets left for the 9pm show, Christmas Spectacular. It was absolutely awesome, definitely a recommendation. We’ve never heard of the Rockettes so far, but now we’re fans! :)
The show was ended around 10.30pm and we hurried to get back to the hotel, or, more precisely, our bed, because we were pretty much knackered after the long day.
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Flatiron Building
We started the day very early and took some pictures on Times Square. After that we took the train to South Ferry because we wanted to go to Liberty Island to see the statue of Liberty. But when we arrived, we recognized that the weather is that bad, that you can’t even see the statue from Battery Park. So we decided to cancel the ferry ride to Lady Liberty and check out South Street Market instead. There we went wild in the ultra-packed Abercrombie store and bought a lot of stuff in there.
We brought our stuff back to the hotel and took the train to Canal street to explore China Town and Little Italy, again with a little help of our Lonely Planet Guide and it’s Walking Tour recommendations. We took some pictures of the fresh seafood and meat stalls and had a nice Cappuccino in an italian cafe.
Main station in Bucharest... Just kiddin', Times Square of course :)

Warmed up, we headed a little north east to wander around the shops and boutiques in SoHo from where we took the 6th Ave north to Christoper Street, another starting point from a Lonely Planet Walking Tour through the village. There Ewa fell in love with a few puppies playing in the shop window of a small pet shop. Really cute :)
For most of you maybe nothing special but on of my alltime NYC favourites is on Grove and Bedford St. This is the adress where most of television show „Friends“ takes place, so the house where Monica’s and Joey’s appartments are, which yo’ve maybe seen a million times in the show. Actually the show is produced in Los Angeles, but here is where the storyline takes place, very cool! After a quick beer and and a Moroccan tea in the Mustache on Bedford St we headed north-east to Washington Square park, which was kind of a huge building lot at this time, so combined with the cloudy weather far away from picture worthy.
Food in Chinatown
We took the 5th Ave north to Flatiron district to take some pictures of the famous building where this area got it’s name from and moved on to the Empire State Building where we made a pitstop at Wendy’s before entering New York’s tallest building at this time. While standing in the queue, which was not so long, we decided to cancel our ESB visit because of bad weather and the upcoming sundown. The idea standing up there in a cold and dark cloud was not very motivating for us. And so we made our way north again to visit a few other sights (more in next post).
Times Square
Times Square
Flatiron Building
Flatiron Building
Main station in Bucharest...  Just…
Main station in Bucharest... Jus…
Food in Chinatown
Food in Chinatown
Seafood in Chinatown
Seafood in Chinatown
Chinatown
Chinatown
Heart of NYCs Gay Scene
Heart of NYC's Gay Scene
Pet Shop in the Village
Pet Shop in the Village
Grove and Bedford St, Friends-Mekk…
Grove and Bedford St, Friends-Mek…
Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park
Mighty Empire State Building from …
Mighty Empire State Building from…
New York Public Library
New York Public Library
Bryant Park
Bryant Park
Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal
Beautiful Chrysler Building
Beautiful Chrysler Building
Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center
ESB from Top of the Rock
ESB from Top of the Rock
Radio City Music Hall
Radio City Music Hall
New York
photo by: herman_munster