Third day and I am still going strong!
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I woke up extremely early Saturday morning; it was clear that my inner clock was still not adjusted to New York time yet. It was just before 6 am and I didn't feel like getting out and walk the street this early. Instead I turned on the TV; just to check out American TV. I surfed for a while and ended at a morning program on NBC which were being produced somewhere in the city centre.
One of the first things that caught my eyes was the forecast of the weather that exited my wildest dreams; the temperature was one going in one direction and that was up. It was going to be close to 25-28 degrees on the final days of my stay and I could not believe my luck.
After this fantastic wake up, I was smiling all over my face. The morning program then continued on stories which mainly concentrated on abduction, weight loss and the unhealthy food in the fast food restaurants. Especially the last part got my attention and I was amazed about the sizes of the portions and the obese amount of calories the dishes contained; some of the displayed chicken dishes had more than 2000 calories, quite astonishing.
One other part of the show was being filmed in the streets just in front of the TV studios where loads of screaming people already were standing waving signs and hoping to get caught on TV. I have never understood how grown up people could act so stupid on TV, screaming like young teenage girls at a pop concert seeing their favourite artist for the first time.
After a couple of hours I turned back to the TV and was pleasantly surprised that they showed football in the TV; it was not just any match but one between Manchester United and Chelsea. I decided to watch that while I was getting ready to leave the hotel. I had not made any appointments in the morning with Maxime. I knew that he wanted to go out shopping in the morning and especially searching after Japanese books that had his interest and there were loads of specialist shops in New York. We had made a deal to meet for lunch in Bryant Park around 1 pm and that was the only goal I had for the day.
I left the hotel after the match and started to walk up the 8th Avenue in order to find a place to enjoy some breakfast.
I walked towards Time Square again and continue to Bryant Park where I had a large coffee and a sit down enjoying the sun and not at least the people in there. I saw Empire State Building form the Park and I totally enjoyed the view of the skyscrapers. When you have been walking the streets of Manhattan in the area of Time Square and your neck and feet are getting really tired you will appreciate a break in Bryant Park.
The park gives you some good view amongst them the central building of the New York Public Library which actually is situated in the park.
I continued further down on 5th Avenue and ended at Madison Square Park where I sat down and enjoyed the sunshine on one of the benches placed on the intersection with Broadway. While I was sitting there one of the religious freaks of New York arrived on his bike that was having a huge Starts n’ Stripes on the back. He was wearing white USA socks, blue basketball shorts and a white t-shirt that stated Jesus is my friend and with cross. He drove towards a flag honouring our heroes and saluted.
After enjoying the guy I turned my concentration on The Flatiron Building, or Fuller Building as it was originally called.
Upon completion in 1902 it was one of the tallest buildings in New York City. The building sits on a triangular island block at 23rd Street, Fifth Avenue, and Broadway, anchoring the south downtown of Madison Square.
I diced to walk back towards Bryant Park and this time walk along Broadway. Going back towards Time Square brought me to an area with loads of streets sellers and I enjoyed the colours and people crowding like an ants nest. I also passed Macy’s and their flower exhibition that to me looked like a mess and was totally disappointing.