Travbuddies Hit The Heights

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Even though we weren't meeting up until midday at the Staten Island Ferry, I was up and about early, and had my 5 cups of tea to get me started in the day. With a bit of time to kill I decided to walk down the top bit of Broadway and passed Juilliard, the Opera and the Lincoln Centre before arriving Columbus Circle.  Took a few photos around the area and headed for the subway here.

Had planned on getting Line 1 all the way down again, but all the platforms were closed off. Wasn't sure if it was the whole line, so when I had been down going to Liberty Island and wandered about I had clocked another station nearby. One of the best things I did before going was download the New York Subway app for my phone, and all I had to do was type in where I was and where I wanted to go and the route fider did it all for me, and I was on my way to Bowling Green station.

Ships That Pass In The Day

Nat and Sarah were there when I arrived, and the others soon arrived. The group had shrunk by two as Jim and David had to get a plane home, but we were joined for the day by local a TB, shar25 . Nat had managed to get three free tickets for the Statue Of Liberty, so we went along there only to find out when she had asked they assumed they were all City Pass holders. Went back to original plan and headed onto the Staten Island Ferry.

Not the most exciting crossing, but some great views on the way. Managed to listen in to a guide who was taking a tour party over, and he was very interesting. From what he was telling the group, i found out that we had 3 minutes to get off the boat, go through the exit and get back up to make the next boat back.

New York Stock Exchange
So as we approached Staten Island the group were all gathered right at the very front of the boat and legged it round the ferry terminal  and made the next boat back.

Beter boat going back, with more open areas, and it was a lot less crowded. To be honest I thought it would sail closer to the Statue Of Liberty, but having already been to Liberty Island I wasn't to bothered, and you did get a view of it at least and again to the famous skyline of South Manhattan.

Plan was to head for Wall Street but first a lunch stop and shar suggested a mexican place at the side of the old Customs House called Chipotle. Turned out to be a chain and started noticing all over the city after that. Got a Chicken Burrito, with fillings and sauce, and a large coke for under $10.

Ground Zero
This was one of the few meals I bought that was finished, though this time it wasn't by me :D 

We headed up the road to the Wall Street Bull, where Nat entertained us with a Belgian Olympian Gymnastic performance :D, and from here we carried on up to the Trinity Church before turning right into Wall Street itself. First we reached the New York Stock Exchange and then on the opposite corner was Federal Hall, the site of George Washington's inauguration as first president of the United States. This is not the original building though and was built as a Customs House.

Headed back up to Trinity Church and the Trinity Buildings beside itand then walked round to Ground Zero. Having finished early on that fateful day I remember vividly watching it unfold live on TV,as it was a newsflash and then watching the second aircraft strike.

Silhouette
Until I was there I don't think I appreciated how compact the area was, as I remember the clouds of dust filling the streets as the towers collapsed. I did find it a quite an eerie experience. Signs of the new building rising above the boarded up area, and while it is a sign of moving on, I'm not sure I agree with it.

Went round and into the World Financial Centre and the Winter Garden there, which is a lot of palm trees in an open, well lit space. Came back round past St Pauls Church and up to the Woolworth Building and City Hall.  Think after me saying how relatively easy it was to walk the Brooklyn Bridge, everyone had agreed to do it as we were down here anyway.

Bridge At night From Brooklyn Heights
Even though I'd already done it, it was still good as it was slightly later in the day and as we set off across it the sun was starting to set. Some great views  at this time. We walked all the way into Brooklyn and headed for Brooklyn Heights, which after a slight overshoot we managed to find our way to. It was dark by now and it was quite spectacular to look across to Manhattan and to the Brooklyn Bridge. It was also absolutely freezing and I think after about 15 minutes everyone was ready to go.

Walked down to the Subway near the Borough Hall and got an F Train to Katz's Deli where we planned to get something to eat. The place wa heaving though, and having taken our tickets on the way in and stood about for a bit, it was decided it wasn't worth the wait, and anyway we had seen it now.

Katz's Window
Went to a Turkish Kebab shop a few doors down instead.

The plan was for Katz's Deli to be the farewell, but some folk had bought two visit tickets for The Rock and were heading back there, but I hadn't . Nat had asked me earlier in the day if I fancied doing the Empire State Building at night and I agreed with her logic that we jhad done The Rock during the day, so the two of us set off to go there when everyone had finished eating. Belgian_Tom said  afew of them were heading to the Natural history Museaum following day, but I had plans for the evening and wanted to make sure I was free to be on time for that. Agreed to keep in touch while we were there though.

Like everywhere else there was no queue to get in to the Empire State.

Rockerfeller Centre From Empire State
Nat had her City Pass ( think she paid $79 for it) but I had to get a ticket which took no time at all. Again on the way up thay have a photo, so we did since it is a no obligation thing. went up in one lifet and got out and were directed to another one, where I got into trouble for trying to press the buttons to get it to move :O . Got up to the Observation Deck and were greeted with a dazzling sight of the lights of New York. Walked round each side trying to identify all the landmarks in the dark. It was very cold up there at this time of night, but there is an enclosed area and we went in and walked round the inside bit in the warmth, before heading back out and walking round again. One of the staff at the top was pointing bits out , as we were trying to be sure which one was the Rockerfeller Centre, so we could wave to the others :D   

Once we were done there we headed back down and I walked Nat up as far as 42nd Street, before I cut off to get the subway, head for a few in Malachy's .

Nat And Me At the Empire State Building
Went back to hotel and was able to log on to the internet on my phone by hijcking someones unprotected wifi :). Another busy day, but had another one planned for tomorrow

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Time And temperature :O
Time And temperature :O
Ships That Pass In The Day
Ships That Pass In The Day
New York Stock Exchange
New York Stock Exchange
Ground Zero
Ground Zero
Silhouette
Silhouette
Bridge At night From Brooklyn Heig…
Bridge At night From Brooklyn Hei…
Katzs Window
Katz's Window
Rockerfeller Centre From Empire St…
Rockerfeller Centre From Empire S…
Nat And Me At the Empire State Bui…
Nat And Me At the Empire State Bu…
Juilliard
Juilliard
Globe Sculpture Trump Building At …
Globe Sculpture Trump Building At…
Time Warner Building
Time Warner Building
SW Enterance to Central Park
SW Enterance to Central Park
Wonder How We Will Know Where To M…
Wonder How We Will Know Where To …
Inside Ferry Terminal
Inside Ferry Terminal
Ferry Arriving
Ferry Arriving
Brooklyn Bridge From Ferry
Brooklyn Bridge From Ferry
Brooklyn-New jersey Bridge
Brooklyn-New jersey Bridge
Staten Island
Staten Island
Coming Into Dock In Staten Island
Coming Into Dock In Staten Island
Manhattan From Staten Island
Manhattan From Staten Island
Trup Golf Course
Trup Golf Course
Cruise Boat At Liberty Island
Cruise Boat At Liberty Island
Nat And Statue
Nat And Statue
Heading Back To Manhattan
Heading Back To Manhattan
Upriver To Bridges
Upriver To Bridges
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Chipotle Mexican Grill
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Taking Pictures Of People Taking …
Bull Didnt Know What Was Coming N…
Bull Didn't Know What Was Coming …
Wall Street Bull
Wall Street Bull
Trinity Church
Trinity Church
Side Of NY Stock Exchange
Side Of NY Stock Exchange
Down Wall Street To Trinity
Down Wall Street To Trinity
Federal Hall
Federal Hall
Gearge Washington Statue
Gearge Washington Statue
Trinity Buildings
Trinity Buildings
Side Of Trinity Building
Side Of Trinity Building
Cranes At Ground Zero
Cranes At Ground Zero
Winter Garden In World Financial C…
Winter Garden In World Financial …
View Across Hudson
View Across Hudson
Start Of Freedom Tower
Start Of Freedom Tower
Resting Up
Resting Up
St Pauls Church
St Paul's Church
Woolworth Building In The Evening
Woolworth Building In The Evening
Back At City Hall
Back At City Hall
View Back From Brooklyn Bridge
View Back From Brooklyn Bridge
South Street Seaport At Sundown
South Street Seaport At Sundown
Governors Island
Governor's Island
Last Of The Sun Hitting Brooklyn
Last Of The Sun Hitting Brooklyn
Shadows On Manhattan
Shadows On Manhattan
Sun Setting
Sun Setting
All Along The Watch Tower
All Along The Watch Tower
Downtown Brooklyn Sign
Downtown Brooklyn Sign
Henry Street Brooklyn
Henry Street Brooklyn
Manhattan From Brooklyn Heights
Manhattan From Brooklyn Heights
Front Of Katzs Delicatessan
Front Of Katz's Delicatessan
Busy inside Katzs Deli
Busy inside Katz's Deli
About To Give Up Queueing
About To Give Up Queueing
Hall in The Empire State building
Hall in The Empire State building
Chrysler Building At Night
Chrysler Building At Night
Down to Brooklyn Bridge From Empir…
Down to Brooklyn Bridge From Empi…
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