Got the bus through to New York City and met my friend and host for the next few days, David at the bus station. New York is amazing!! Although I don’t see how you could live there and not be obese and/or very poor as there is awesome food and just general stuff everywhere! First we went to the Carnegie Deli, which is apparently quite a famous Jewish New York Deli…well Celine Dion and Ricki Lake have been there so it must be! I ordered a sandwich which was slightly larger than average, and then we had a ‘slice’ of cheesecake between us which probably weighed more than a full cheesecake from Asda! We then went on an open top bus tour and saw all of the usual sights i.e. Empire State Building, Ground Zero, Brooklyn Bridge, Trump Towers, Rockefeller Centre etc. Then we got the subway back to David’s. It’s in Queens so about a 30 minute subway journey. We had some drinks in the apartment with his roommates then went out in Manhattan – good day!
David had to study for an exam this day so I went into the city on my own and met my friend Andy (who had recently moved to New York with work) and his roommate. We took a ‘Circle Line’ cruise which is basically a 3 hour boat trip around Manhattan Island. Just to clarify (as I was unsure of this), Manhattan island is basically what we would think of as New York and when we think of the New York City skyline. But actually, New York City is made up of 5 boroughs and Manhattan is just one of them. Anyway, we saw some cool stuff on that including the Statue of Liberty and the place where that plane landed in the Hudson River. After we went for pizza, New York style. You order by the slice, but each slice is probably the size of a dinner plate, if not bigger! Then it was back to Queens.
David had his exam this morning so I hit the city on my own. First thing, I was very touristy and went up the Empire State Building. Really great views, but so over priced and they make you queue, go through security etc for like 40 minutes for a view that takes about 5 minutes to look at. After that I walked up 5th Avenue (the famous shopping street) and then through Central Park, which is beautiful and massive! I was thinking of going to the American Museum of Natural History, but only had an hour before I met David and didn’t want to pay admission only for an hour. It’s a really cool building though, and I met David on the steps late afternoon. We went for a couple of drinks then for a New York burger…oh my god…best burger in the whole world, it was amazing! We finished off by going catching Looper at the cinema, then went home.