USA D2: A Rock, a park, an island and a rooftop bar
Upon leaving our hotel in 40th Street East, Chief Navigator (Mike) led the way to a recommended coffee place at Grand Central Station. Success this time and it will be our regular for the remainder of our stay here. One day. Oh well. I must take proper photos of GCS tomorrow – it’s a fantastic building.
We continued on to the Rockefeller Centre, a magnet for visitors to the city. Outside is a photograph spectacle, what with the international flags, a golden statue atop a fountain, and an ice-staking rink which is due to open tomorrow.
Still, that wasn’t why we were there. At the allotted time we went inside to begin the process of getting to the Top of the Rock. We wanted views, and this place didn’t disappoint.
I went up the Empire State Building on my first visit to NYC, 14 years ago?, and while both places give me the willies, I preferred my TOTR experience.
The rain began when we reached the street again and continued in a light on/off fashion much of the day, though it wasn’t worth busting out the umbrellas for.
After a spot of shopping we found takeaway lunch and moseyed to Central Park. It the first time here for both Mike and I but there is far too much ground to cover in one hit, so we did a mish-mash circuit of the bottom quarter or so.
There was much evidence of autumn on the ground but not so much on the trees which was a shame of sorts, but in any case it’s such a fantastic green space for this heaving metropolis to have.
Every step was now starting to hurt, but we pushed on find the aerial tramway to go over to Roosevelt Island. This place in the middle of the East River, part of the Manhattan borough, provided some of the day’s highlights, including the novel way of getting there.
Rush hour was peaking when we returned to the main island and after dawdling for coffee and shopping, we returned to the hotel with pizza for tea and a wee rest.
Then, with some very necessary freshening up completed, it was back out the door. Before we left home, we figured a rooftop bar would be something we’d try to visit in New York and then one of my cousins recommended a place only a few blocks away. 230 5th is really busy but for a good reason: fantastic view over to the Empire State Building. Drinks were pretty good too.
And as a feet treat we took a cab back.
- Starbucks stores seen: 13, give or take
- Number of TV shows we may have inadvertently sneaked into the background of: 1
- Sporting merchandise items purchased: 9
- Raspberry mojitos imbibed: 2