First Day in the Big Apple


Advertisement
United States' flag
North America » United States » New York
January 14th 2016
Published: June 21st 2017
Edit Blog Post

One World Trade CentreOne World Trade CentreOne World Trade Centre

Jan 14 2016 12 One World Trade Centre, New York City
Geo: 40.7528, -73.9853

Our first full day in New York, so very exciting. Unfortunately, our eldest daughter had a dreadful cold, so she was a little down, but soldiered on anyway. After the complimentary buffet continental breakfast served in the 2nd floor lounge, we headed out into a sunny but bitterly cold, windy day.

We started by catching the subway down towards the 9/11 Memorial. The morning was spent viewing the Reflecting Pools, and the Survivor Tree. We decided not to go into the museum as we had a thirteen year old with us and everything we had read said it wasn't advisable for under 16s. The whole area had a haunting feeling of sadness about it.

Our next stop was Battery Park. Here the force of the wind was really felt. Even though we were rugged up with thermals, ski jackets, scarves, gloves and hats it was icy. But we got our first view of the Statue of Liberty. While amazing, it seemed so much smaller than we all expected.

After Battery Park we headed towards Wall Street, stopping for photos of the Charging Bull on the way. We all really enjoyed touring Federal Hall, with its history of being the place
Reflecting Pool at World Trade CentreReflecting Pool at World Trade CentreReflecting Pool at World Trade Centre

Jan 14 2016 17 One World Trade Centre, New York City
where George Washington was sworn in. We also loved the beautiful Trinity Church.

We were so cold so we headed to the local Bluestone Lane coffee shop where we were able to finally purchase a decent, Melbourne style cup of coffee. None of us were fans of American coffee and it was quite difficult to get anything similar to the Italian style espressos and lattes that we are all used to.

Lunch was at Fraunces Tavern, an historical gastro pub, where I ate a delicious steak sandwich.

We hopped back on the subway to Union Square park. The next hour or so was a lengthy walk towards Madison Square Park and the New York Public Library. We loved our glimpses of the Empire State Building and the Flat Iron Building along the way. We also all really enjoyed the various smaller parks in New York. After touring the Library, we spent some time watching the skaters in Bryant Park before walking back to our hotel, passing the beautifully lit up St Patrick's Cathedral along the way.

Dinner that night was at Papillon Bistro, just up the road from the Hotel Elysee. We walked in and it was incredibly noisy, but 11 of us
Survivor Tree at World Trade CentreSurvivor Tree at World Trade CentreSurvivor Tree at World Trade Centre

Jan 14 2016 23 Survivor Tree One World Trade Centre, New York City
had a reserved table and we all loved our meals. Noisy doesn't matter so much when you are a group of 11!


Additional photos below
Photos: 15, Displayed: 15


Advertisement

Battery ParkBattery Park
Battery Park

Jan 14 2016 27 Battery Park, New York City
Statue of LibertyStatue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty

Jan 14 2016 30 Statue of Liberty from Battery Park, New York City
Charging BullCharging Bull
Charging Bull

Jan 14 2016 37 Charging Bull at Wall Street, New York City
Trinity ChurchTrinity Church
Trinity Church

Jan 14 2016 40 Trinity Church, New York City
New York Stock ExchangeNew York Stock Exchange
New York Stock Exchange

Jan 14 2016 50 New York Stock Exchange, New York City
Federal HallFederal Hall
Federal Hall

Jan 14 2016 52 Federal Hall, New York City
Empire State Building from BroadwayEmpire State Building from Broadway
Empire State Building from Broadway

Jan 14 2016 63 View of Empire State from Broadway, New York City
Flat Iron BuildingFlat Iron Building
Flat Iron Building

Jan 14 2016 66 Deb, Sam, Steph & Jarrod by the Flat Iron Building, New York City
New York Public LibraryNew York Public Library
New York Public Library

Jan 14 2016 76 New York Public Library, New York City
Ice Rink at Bryant ParkIce Rink at Bryant Park
Ice Rink at Bryant Park

Jan 14 2016 96 Ice Rink at Bryant Park, New York City
Chrysler Building Lit Up at NightChrysler Building Lit Up at Night
Chrysler Building Lit Up at Night

Jan 14 2016 104 Chrysler Building at Night, New York City
Rockefeller Centre Lit Up at NightRockefeller Centre Lit Up at Night
Rockefeller Centre Lit Up at Night

Jan 14 2016 105 Rockefeller Centre at Night, New York City


Tot: 1.318s; Tpl: 0.045s; cc: 10; qc: 58; dbt: 0.0304s; 1; m:saturn w:www (104.131.125.221); sld: 1; ; mem: 1.5mb