A Walk In The Park, and much more

New York Travel Blog

 › entry 4 of 11 › view all entries
Theodore Roosevelt Satue

Woke with surprising ease and not feeling to shabby. Didn't have any great particular plan for the day, but decided to walk up the way from the hotel, and blow the rest of the cobwebs out my head ;). It had been snowing during the night and there was a covering on the ground, and it was a lovely fresh morning when the snow started to fall again.

Back past the Dakota building and up the road on Central Park West . Some other nice buildings and went past the New York Historical Society and up to the Natural History Museum. Decided to head into Central Park and have a walk about there. Headed down to The Lake in tookin the view of the skyscrapers overshadowing the park.

Imagine
Walked down the side of the park, which was quite magical in the snow, under a couple of bridges and came to Strawberry Fields, which is an area  for quiet reflection and has a mosaic memorial for John Lennon, as this bit is just off West 72nd Street and the Dakota Building.

Headed in right across the park, coming across a few statues and then came across a large truck and a big camper van. As I approached the police turned up and were speaking to the truck driver to find out what he was doing there. Turns out the guys in the camper van were TV or film production and the driver's truck was full of artificial snow that they were going to use for a scence in the park . How ironic for today :D

Headed towards the bandstand and came to the Bethseda Fountain.

Reading The ugly Duckling
Unfortunately,like almost all fountains in New York, it was switched off, due to the risk of frezzing I assume. Came back to the other side of the lake and found The Boathouse. There were a whole load of rowing boats stacked outside, presumably you can hire them and row the lake in the better weather. Saw the Consevatory Pond nearby and walked towards it and came across a statue of Hans Christian Andersen reading 'The Ugly Duckling'. Carried on round the pond and up to a play park. It had it's gates chained shut, which was a pity as the statue of Alice In Wonderland is in there. Could see it, but not get near it :(

Came out of the park here and went up and took a few snaps of The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, before heading back into the park and up to Cleopatra's Needle and onto the Turtle Pond and Belvedere Castle.

Knotted Gun, Gift From Luxembourg
 Walked round the Great Lawn before deciding I had done enough of that for the day, and headed out on about East 84th Street. Decided i wanted to go back to where I'd left off the day before I got a bus, metro cards are valid on them as well, and took it down to around 60th Street. Saw the Sherman Statue and then headed back into Central Park here and the bit beside the zoo. It was just turning 1pm and all of a sudden the clock started chiming and little animals went whirling round. I loved the Delacorte Clock, and went for a walk about and came back to see it all over again half an hour later. Must have brought out the inner child in me :D

Headed down 5th Avenue and all the famous shops, and popped in to see the bits of Trump Tower here that the public can access.

Roosevelt Island Cable Car
Down the street I went, and I was waiting to cross the road  when an American approached me and asked where I'd managed to buy my bottle of Irn Bru :D To his disappointment I had to tell him that I'd brought it with me, but it was obviously something he recognised immediately. carried on down past St Patrick's and cut across onto Lexington, and came across United Nations Way and decided that was what I would do next.

Went down to the visitors centre and paid the $16 to do the tour. I found it really interesting, and the Chinese girl that took us round was very informative. Got to sit in at the back of the UN General Assembly Building for a bit as well, and she asked us each to describe something in the hall and she then went on to give explanations and history.

Queensboro Bridge From Cable Car
She used a lot of questions to us as well to find out what we knew and to open new lines of discussion. Very clever :) . Perhaps the most striking exhibit was the statue that was blown over in Hiroshima and had fallen face down. At first when you see it it looks OK, but that is because it fell face down, they then show you the back of it and the effects of the radiation.

It was now near 4pm and I decided to go to 2nd Avenue walk the 14 blocks up to East 60th Street. When I had gone to The Blue Room the day before I clocked theat the Rossevelt Island Tramway was diagonally across the road from it. It's $2-25, same as all bus and subway single trips, each way, but again metro cards are valid for it. Some great views as you go across on it, alongside the Queensboro Bridge, but don't be expecting anything once you get onto the island.

Paramount Building
There is bugger all there apart from the views back across the river. When I'd had enough,and it was starting to get dark, I caught the cable car back across and decided to go back into The Blue Room for a beer and something to eat. You notice the deliberate order here ;), but I did get a bowl of chilli while I was there.

Walked back through the city to get to Times Square lit up in all it's electrifying splendour. walked around it for a bit and then as it was cold decided to go into the Hard Rock there for a bit of warmth and a few more beers before heading back up to the hotel. Decided this time to get the subway on line 2 as it's an express and mine was only one stop on this line. This would now be my main route for getting to and from the hotel.

Mezmerized says:
hehe you and your iron bru stories always makes me laugh :-)
Posted on: Feb 08, 2010
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
Theodore Roosevelt Satue
Theodore Roosevelt Satue
Imagine
Imagine
Reading The ugly Duckling
Reading The ugly Duckling
Knotted Gun, Gift From Luxembourg
Knotted Gun, Gift From Luxembourg
Roosevelt Island Cable Car
Roosevelt Island Cable Car
Queensboro Bridge From Cable Car
Queensboro Bridge From Cable Car
Paramount Building
Paramount Building
New York Historical Society
New York Historical Society
Central Park Drive West
Central Park Drive West
Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum
Snow In Central Park
Snow In Central Park
Lakeside Shelter
Lakeside Shelter
View Across Central Park Lake
View Across Central Park Lake
Bridge In Central Park
Bridge In Central Park
Strawberry Fields
Strawberry Fields
Falconer Statue
Falconer Statue
Eagles and Prey Statue - oldest sc…
Eagles and Prey Statue - oldest s…
police On The Scene :D
police On The Scene :D
Bandstand
Bandstand
Bethesda Fountain
Bethesda Fountain
The Boathouse
The Boathouse
Conservatory Water
Conservatory Water
Hans Christian Andersen Statue
Hans Christian Andersen Statue
Alice In Wonderland Statue
Alice In Wonderland Statue
Come On The Bears
Come On The Bears
Metropolitan Museum Of Art
Metropolitan Museum Of Art
Central Park Map
Central Park Map
Greywacke Arch
Greywacke Arch
Cleopatras Needle
Cleopatra's Needle
The Great Lawn
The Great Lawn
Belvedere Castle
Belvedere Castle
View North From Castle
View North From Castle
Marionette Theatre
Marionette Theatre
Looking South Over The Great Lawn
Looking South Over The Great Lawn
Here Comes The Bus
Here Comes The Bus
Downtown Bus
Downtown Bus
The Ego Sculpture
The Ego Sculpture
Central park Zoo Enterance
Central park Zoo Enterance
Delacorte Clock
Delacorte Clock
Animals Going Round The Clock
Animals Going Round The Clock
Central Park Drive South
Central Park Drive South
Plaza Hotel
Plaza Hotel
Pic That Wont Be Used In Plaza Ho…
Pic That Won't Be Used In Plaza H…
Crown Building
Crown Building
Trump Tower 5th Ave
Trump Tower 5th Ave
Inside Trump Tower
Inside Trump Tower
The Penninsula Building
The Penninsula Building
St Thomas Church
St Thomas Church
Down 5th Ave
Down 5th Ave
Cartier Shop
Cartier Shop
St patricks Cathedral
St patricks Cathedral
World On His Shoulders
World On His Shoulders
Rockerfeller Centre
Rockerfeller Centre
Lexington Ave
Lexington Ave
Reflection In The UN Building
Reflection In The UN Building
1st Avenue
1st Avenue
Ball Outside UN Visitor Centre
Ball Outside UN Visitor Centre
UN Flag
UN Flag
UN Secretary Generals Portraits
UN Secretary Generals Portraits
UN Headquarters
UN Headquarters
Room Full Of Flags
Room Full Of Flags
UN Checkpoint
UN Checkpoint
Mosaic gifted by Nancy Reagan
Mosaic gifted by Nancy Reagan
Blue Berets Nobel Peace Prize
Blue Berets Nobel Peace Prize
Boat Gifted By Thailand
Boat Gifted By Thailand
International Buddhist World Peace…
International Buddhist World Peac…
Belarus Tapestry - Effects of Cher…
Belarus Tapestry - Effects of Che…
Small Scale UN Emergency Shelter
Small Scale UN Emergency Shelter
UN General Assembly
UN General Assembly
Guitar Gun
Guitar Gun
Front Of Hiroshima Statue
Front Of Hiroshima Statue
Back Of Hiroshima Statue
Back Of Hiroshima Statue
Queensboro Bridge From UN
Queensboro Bridge From UN
Across The River From UN
Across The River From UN
Steak House 3rd Avenue
Steak House 3rd Avenue
Heading Over To The Bridge
Heading Over To The Bridge
South To Manhattan Under Bridge
South To Manhattan Under Bridge
Up River From Roosevelt Island
Up River From Roosevelt Island
Power Station Across East Channel
Power Station Across East Channel
Back Across From Roosevelt Island
Back Across From Roosevelt Island
West Channel
West Channel
Upstream West Channel
Upstream West Channel
Down To 1st Ave
Down To 1st Ave
Along to East 60th Street
Along to East 60th Street
Bloomingdales At Night
Bloomingdales At Night
West 42nd Street
West 42nd Street
Times Square 7th Avenue
Times Square 7th Avenue
Lights In Times Square
Lights In Times Square
7th Avenue
7th Avenue
New York Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
The Blue Room
Had been advised about this place before I went and wasn't disappointed. Was in twice and both times were just as good. I went because they show Sc… read entire review
New York Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Busy but good music
It's set right in the heart of Times Square, so it's easy to find. Nearly $8 for a pint though. Guy behind the bar was great, and warmed to my accent,… read entire review
New York
photo by: herman_munster