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Round the World 2007 USA

Districts

I decided yesterday that Bryant Park looked like a pleasant spot for breakfast. The choice was better in Starbucks though, so I bought from there and sat at one of the tables in the park. A guy from Comoros who was a diplomat but is now an economist on Wall Street got chatting to me. We had a very pleasant chat, but he was a little hard to understand when he got going!

I got all the necessary photos: Chrysler Building, Public Library, Grand Central Station, Empire State Building, Bryant Park Hotel. I noticed lots of interesting architecture and features on the buildings: just a shame they’re high up and no-one really notices!

I saw Macy’s and then got the subway to Bleeker Street, and walked towards Chelsea. Then I got the subway to Aston Place, went to Barnes & Noble bookstore, got a coffee, and then walked along St Marks Place. This is apparently where you come for tattoos, body piercing, and alternative souvenir t-shirts.

I got the subway up to the east side of Central Park, and went for a wander. I saw Bethesda Fountain and The Mall, and then sat on the lawn reading. Carrie in Sex and the City apparently lives at 245 East 73rd Street. I knew this was a fictional address and nothing was filmed there, but figured I’d go for a look since I was in the area. There is a sports bar where 245 should be, and the street doesn’t even resemble her’s.

I walked back through the park, and stumbled across a film set, with Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz. I came out on the west side of the park at 86th street, walked north to 94th, and turned west along it. This street looked much more like Carrie’s. I kept walking until I reached Broadway, then walked north to my street, 101st. Tired legs.

The districts are much more exciting than the tourist attractions and downtown. It’s all very well seeing the Chrysler Building and the like, but it’s just so busy, and frankly, most people are rude.

Round the World 2007 USA

Day 1 in NYC

I woke up early and decided to try to find a big internet cafe on 42nd Street. I got the subway down there and then realised I didn’t have the address with me: I just knew it was somewhere near the subway station.

I got a coffee and walked east. I found Bryant Park, the Public Library, and what I think is the building Dana lived in in the first Ghostbusters film. Grand Central Station and the Chrysler Building were a bit further along too.

I decided I must be going the wrong way, so I turned west, back past everything, and then I passed lots of twinkly lights all over everything from Madame Tussauds to McDonalds to the subway station. But still no internet cafe. So I went back to the hostel.

I set off again a little later and my first stop was the visitors centre. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) was the closest ‘sight’ so I went there next. But it’s shut on Tuesdays. I took a look around the shop, then got the subway to Bleeker Street.

I wandered towards Washington Square Park, got some lunch, then wandered around SoHo a little, before getting the subway to City Hall. I visited a chapel across the road from the World Trade Centre site, went to Century 21 discount department store, then walked around the WTC site. It is essentially a big whole in the ground, with lots of cranes and diggers and workmen.

I took a walkway to the World Financial Centre and got a juice and coffee, before walking down Battery Park Esplanade to Castle Clinton and the ferries to Liberty and Ellis Island.

I took the subway back to 42nd Street and went to Times Sqaure to find the Toys R Us flagship store. It was quite an experience, but still no Hamleys!

After getting back to the hostel, I headed to a Laundromat a few blocks away. I then managed to recharge my MP3 player in the hostel, but not upload photos.