Beat the city streets. Day 27 & 28
Well after all these early days you think I would be used to it by now. I am not. Granted it’s 830 and the girls have been up since 8. But they are already beautiful. I need my beauty sleep. Today we are on a walking tour with ‘free tours on foot’ of New York, now this may not have been the wisest idea seeing as my legs are killing me from the jolly green giant the Statue of Liberty.
The walking shoes are on and we grab the subway down near Wall Street where our tour is picking up. We are of course surrounded by tourists and a serious amount of Aussies eager to chat and swap travel stories. Wall Street is actually relatively quiet, a few blocks of industry surrounded by an insane amount of security. The world of American high finance is obviously not as glamorous as it once was. We continue walking along to the 9/11 memorial via trinity church and the waterfront.
The 9/11 memorial is a beautiful display of an utterly tragic day. The stories are saddening and it brings back many memories of that horrible day. However what it also shows is the American strength to carry on. After the relatively depressing part of the tour we decide to cheer ourselves up a bit by wandering through City hall park. New York is a wonderful city, filled with parks, great architecture and a multitude of local cultures. We grab some shots of the fountain and City Hall before we trek over through Little Italy and china town.
But before china town I have to stick my head in a bulls ass! Not a live bull but the Wall Street bull, a symbol of wall streets strength and endurance. It also has testicles to rub for luck. Gotta try that surely? Some ridiculous photos later and we are back on the streets.
China town is insane. People everywhere and an utter culture shock. It is almost like stepping into Beijing! Dumpling houses, massive fish tanks in shop windows, and kooky Asian decor on every corner. We head into Greenwich Village where we see some of the most expensive real estate in Manhattan. This artsy little retreat no longer houses starving artists and beatniks, it is now home to the rich and famous. The west village is also home to the apartment they used for the tv show friends. Very exciting.
After a break for lunch we wander over to the high line. A gorgeous garden suspended on the unused railway lines over the city. It’s kind of like a peace of calm in this city of hustle and bustle. Very zen and almost surreal. Flowers bloom and trees climb high up the buildings. This is our last stop as we’ve reached the Chelsea Markets. This building houses incredible produce and restaurants and an insane fish market where chefs pull fresh fish straight from tanks and prepare them right in front of you. Tanya and I grab a ridiculous, succulent and juicy lobster roll to snack on before we find something for dinner.
Speaking of dinner we find ourselves in Hell’s Kitchen. No it’s not Gordon Ramsay’s, it’s actually a borough within New York. A great foodie retreat with tonnes of places to satisfy hungry tums. We find a cool little gastropub and order some snacks. We’ve been munching most of the day so we decide on something light. Chipotle pork sliders with coriander and jalapeño some Kobe beef sliders served with various toppings and for me of course, hanger steak with truffle and Parmesan fries. A great array of wonderful New York street food and paired with a couple of beers it’s a perfect cure for sore legs.
After dinner we decided to cross off a New York necessity, see a comedy show. The Broadway Comedy Theatre is just a few blocks from us and for ten bucks and a two drink minimum we figured why not. Now would I recommend it to all. No but we did get a few cheap laughs even just at the comedians jokes failing. There was a significant amount of flop sweat and the chirping crickets could definitely be heard.
Home to bed for tomorrow there is more.
It’s 1030 am. I can’t believe it. My first sleep in in days. After all the walking we’ve done a good nights sleep was exactly what we need. I am completely out of clothes and have in fact been turning my underwear inside out for around three days now. So a trip to the laundromat is definitely needed. Ok is not exciting for you guys but its great for me. Clean clothes yay yay yay. Once the laundry is all dropped off we decide to shop. Macy’s here we come. 9 floors of clothing and general chick stuff. Tanya is in heaven, Jess is joyous and I am slipping into the ninth circle of hell. That is of course until I see the amazing amount of plates, cutlery and general restaurant gear that Jess and I definitely need. Once we are almost completely out of money we decide its lunch time.
Lunch comes in the quick form of hot dogs, burgers and shakes, with another pastry from our friend Buddy Valastro, the cake boss. We are going to top of the rocks but trot back to the hotel to beat the city heat. Top of the rocks is an observation deck at the top of the Rockefeller Centre with some incredible views of the city. Central Park stretches out like a massive green carpet and the Empire State Building pierces through the skyline. If you head here on your trip try and get it late afternoon like we did so you can watch the sunset. Totally worth it. We get out of the rocks after loads of photos and are headed somewhere for dinner when Tanya scores us three free tickets to the live taping of Americas Got Talent. Um hell yeah.
Ladies and gentleman I would like to introduce Fall Out Boy. Yes they open the taping of this show. A free live show with an awesome band. I’m stoked. Then Heidi Klumm walks out. My jaw drops and my heart is a flutter. Suddenly I remember that my new fiancé is sitting right next to me. Busted. Lucky Jess knows how much I love her. The show is just an eviction show but they throw a few live performances in to keep us entertained. For a free show at Radio City how can you go wrong.
Now it’s getting late so time for dinner. I was craving Chinese food but the restaurant we went to was not that interested in serving us. Hmmm, red lobster is across the street and they do have unlimited shrimp. Sold. Now full of garlic shrimp, linguine and cheddar biscuits we stumble home to bed. Coney Island tomorrow.
Jess is going to make me go on rides…
Josh and Jess