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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .