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Leaving Staten Island
Last day , i have arranged an airport shuttle pickup  the the hostel it will me up at 04:45 in the morning for $20 , my flight is 08:50  but that is the only pickup time offered .I leave my door open for a while in royal park , it is claustrophobic , some strange lady starts talking to me , she says that she lives there  and that a guy in one of the other rooms on this floor has been making improper suggestions to her .I  suggest she tells reception but she says that the receptionist this morning , Jose , is a friend of this guy , i suspect that she wants  to come into my room , she speaks english as a second language , well she is not coming into my room because i am going out .
I get a 1 day funpass for the subway for $7.
ferry and liberty
50   and head for 34st shopping , so far i have only bought a second hand tennis racket  and 2 T shirts  . I go into maceys' it is 10:05 and all the staff are lined up in front of thier counters , dressed in black and all saying 'good morning ' with a big smile  to every customer ,
once  again i cannot find anything i want , i only check the menswear though.
I catch the greenline 456 train to Bowling green and walk over to the Staten ferry  and wait in the terminal , there are public toilets here and also a water fountain drinking place , everyone goes to the 'Liberty' side of the ferry , half or more of the pasengers are tourists , it is a quick turnaround at staten island and we come back the other way , there  are two  eastern european (i think russian) mature lovers  at the front of the ferry , i offer to take thier pic with thier own camera  and they are delighted , it is a good pic too.
Macdonalds cheap meal .. two apple pies , ice cream $3.70 ice cream knocked out of shape when it fell over ;-)


Upon disembarking at south ferry  i wander into a macdonalds , not for junk food but i know they do a nice hot apple pie , i get two apple pies and an ice cream for $3.75  very nice , i wander over to Chinatown , have nt been here before and it needs checking out. I pass Wall street  area and get a subway train to canal st.Chinatown is busy , you can't really walk along the sidewalk because it's so crowded with people (about 75% chinese origin, or korean or japanese i can't  tell) ,the roads are jammed and it is hot and sunny , i go into a clothes store to checkout the jeans  , they have wranglers here  for  only $24:95 , whilst i am trying to sort out the  size/cut and  where they are made , i am interrupted 5 times in 90 seconds by the sales staff  and am unable to make my own decision , not being able to tolerate being hassled  i leave the place  and buy a punnet of lovely strawberries for $3 .
Chinatown / Manhattan bridge
.they are class A strawbs and i eat thru the whole lot one after the other .It is very hot and busy , there is another  fruit store with all thier fruit/veg outside in boxes..a nice tabby cat walks over the top of the bananas and i reach over and stroke it , moving my fingers onto its head it bites me  and really digs it's teeth into my hand , as hard as it possibly can..owwwwwwww.

I dont take pics of mean cats , there is a buddhist temple , towards manhattan bridge , i go in for a bit of peace and it will be cool , i make  a $1 donation for a fortune cookie  and i explore inside and sit quietly  in a room with a big buddha  in it , someone  starts moving some boxes around noisily which breaks the peaceful atmosphere , i take a pic of the buddha  and have shown it here , later on i see that there is a 'no pics .. no videos'  sign , but since this is 'well meant' i hope this will not offend anyone .
Buddhist temple Chinatown


The fortune cookie  is still around somewhere , goodness knows what it says ,moving out of Chinatown  i find an internet cafe  and  go in for an hour , it is full of young chinese americans , about 15 of them and very noisy and very hot inside , they are playing some computer games
and are constantly shouting  at each other in chinese .Using the subway i move back uptown and checkout some shops around the Empire state and get a couple of New York T shirts for $13.50  for the two , i have seen the same ones for $13 each on 34 street .After spending more time at the 32W internet cafe i remember that jeans were on my shopping list , one of the 5th avenue t shirt shop guys had said that there was a levis shop  nearby , well i could nt find it , so i googled Levis and New York and found one at Square Times (square because  just about everyone  goes there  and takes pics  .
Square Times , last evening
.it's a bit gross) , It's 22:15 when i arrive and wowwee the Levis shop is open  (until midnight)and i buy a pair of Levi 505s'  for $58 or $59 dollars  , then get the 123 line train up to 96 street station  and walk to the hostel .I should have mentioned that a few nights previous i had walked late along 96 w street past a Salvation Army  donations depot  and people had left thier donations outside (because it was closed) in black bags  , and there were about a dozen black and hispanic types ravaging and ransacking the whole lot , one woman had about ten sets of shoes out on the pavement and was trying them on one after the other .

In  manhattan even at 23:00 away from the centre , there are still places open to eat  and delis' open , although all the street traders have gone . I got my last pizza slice  and a cold drink  at 23:20  before packing and bed .
Royal Park hostel , no signpost , next to The Paris


Departure
Up and waiting for the airport shuttle , it arrives ontime with two people already on board , the driver has  3 more to pick up  and they seem to be russians or east europeans , we arrive at the airport Jfk about  05:30   and i am the first drop-off  at terminal 3  which seems to be owned by delta airlines .I try to take my luggage out , it is under someone elses' and he gets grumpy in spanish , i give him a dollar tip anyway .

As i walk into the terminal 'when you get lost between the moon and new york city..'is playing and it stays in my head  for hours after .

Checkin is quick and i lounge around waiting for the flight , the flight is 20 mins late take-off (and arrives in london 20 mins early) there are only 35 passengers  and we each have 3 seats to ourselves , i sleep for 3 hours , the aircrew are laid back and friendly  and we all have a window  seat for  the landing , coming in over west London .
Englands' green and pleasant land evening 5th june 2008
Have been away since 30 april , glad to be home ??
maybe

blog end 

yheleen says:
wow - you had a wonderful journey ;)
Posted on: Sep 29, 2008
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Leaving Staten Island
Leaving Staten Island
ferry and liberty
ferry and liberty
Macdonalds cheap meal .. two apple…
Macdonalds cheap meal .. two appl…
Chinatown / Manhattan bridge
Chinatown / Manhattan bridge
Buddhist temple Chinatown
Buddhist temple Chinatown
Square Times , last evening
Square Times , last evening
Royal Park hostel , no signpost , …
Royal Park hostel , no signpost ,…
Englands green and pleasant land
…
Englands' green and pleasant land…
Jfk terminal 3  delta Airlines
Jfk terminal 3 delta Airlines
chinatown somewhere
chinatown somewhere
magnificent rear view
magnificent rear view
central London , big ben lower cen…
central London , big ben lower ce…
Square Times , last evening
Square Times , last evening
Manhattan
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