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Published: June 11th 2017
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After a reasonable nights sleep we headed off through Central Park and past the Metropolitan art museum and Museum of Natural history to see the Intrepid air craft carrier which has been made into a museum and which houses the discovery space shuttle plus several other aircraft including a concord (which unfortunately we couldn't get inside) and a blackbird. The space shuttle was much larger than I expected as it doesn't look so big when mounted on the 747 that transports it. You are not allowed inside but there is a walkway that takes you around the front of it so you can see it properly. After going through the aircraft carrier and a submarine that is parked on the wharf next to it we made our way through Manhattan to the Empire state building where luckily the crowds were not too bad and we were able to go to the observation platform on the 86th floor. It has been good weather today, sunny and not too cold so we had a clear view of the whole of the city and surrounding area. You could see right to the Statue of liberty and Ellis island where we will be
headed to tomorrow.
Leaving the empire state building we continued down through the city and into Times square. I stopped at the iconic department store Macys for a bargain on the way. Times square was full of colourful people, some dressed as cartoon characters and superheros like you get on the streets of Sunset boulevard in LA.
We passed the Minskoff theatre where we will go to see The Lion King on wednesday night and dozens of theatres and giant TV screens.
I understand what they mean when they talk about the garbage in New York! It is piled up all over the place and it must be truly awful when the garbos are on strike.
We had a giant pretzel from a food cart for lunch. Not bad but I'm not sure I would bother having another one.
There were lots of vendors on the sidewalks and I managed to pick up a nice little leather shoulder bag for $20. The guy actually asked me if I was from New York so I guess my accent isn't too noticeable!
Walking down through times square we were accosted by a guy selling tickets to a comedy club which is near where we are staying so
we bought a couple and will check it out either tomorrow or thursday night. We had a young woman from New York sitting next to us on the plane coming here and she recommended we go to one of the comedy clubs while we are here.
We walked back to the apartment through Central park again and there were lots of people there with their children playing in the various playgrounds and walking their dogs.
There were a few taking carriage rides in the horse drawn carriages that are popular in the park. The horses must be absolutely bombproof as they were all parked along the street with all the traffic whizzing past them. They all looked terribly bored and quite sad.
Central park is quite beautiful with large areas of lawn and lots of trees and flowers. There are a couple of reservoirs, one where you can hire model yachts to sail on it. We saw a lovely carousel in one area of the park. It looked quite old and the horses were beautifully painted.
The streets where we are staying have rows of tulips planted along the sides of them which makes them look quite attractive. We are one street away
from Park avenue which I must say doesn't look as affluent as I expected with fairly ordinary looking apartment buildings. Of course we have only seen a small part of it so it may get better as you go further up.
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