Big Apple Greeter's Tour
21.12.2013 - 02.01.2014 19 °C
Our first morning we were met by Donald from Big Apple Greeters, this is a volunteer service that shows visitors around the city for a donation fee - this goes to the organisation which is not for profit.
We were blessed with what the locals are calling a 'hot day' 19 degrees celsius. this was fortunate considering the past weeks of snow and gave us the opportunity to walk around freely without hiding from the weather. It looks like there will be snow on Christmas eve though - fingers crossed XX.
We went to all over the city, starting in Riverside Park right beside our apartment, with a walk along the Hudson River. We walked from W71st down to 42nd St, We had coffee at a diner while Don organsied our metro cards (a must have for bus and subway travel in NYC), then first stop Bryant park. Here we had amazing views of the iconic Chrysler building. Christmas time in Bryant park brings quaint little stalls an ice rink and Christmas tree, in the summer there is lawn, deck chairs and many visitors to this oasis in the city.
Grand Central Station
We saw the beautiful Grand Central station, we went to the whispering gallery - See The Tweens photo below - where when standing on opposite corners of the dome you turn to face the wall and speak quietly, the person on the other corner can hear very clearly what you said...... as if they were standing beside you!
The daily news building displayed a world globe that replicates the rotation of the Earth. It also showed us that we were 9933 miles from Sydney.
The view across town
Being in NYC today, I was finally able to understand the language of New Yorkers. As you can see this photo is looking across Manhattan which is what the locals call 'across town'. Across is the 'west side' of Manhattan, that photo is of us standing in the 'east side' of Manhattan. If I were to turn right and walk along the street I would be going 'uptown' towards our apartment (upper west side), left would mean I would be going 'downtown' towards Wall St.
New York is a cleverly designed city, it is almost impossible to get lost as it is a giant grid, you just need to figure out where you are (which isn't too hard) to know how to get where you are going.
The last part of our walking tour included a ferry ride with views of Manhattan and of the three bridges, the Williamsburg Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge and the the Brooklyn Bridge we could also see the Statue of Liberty in the distance.
Christmas tree delivery - and yes he was as cute as his picture - and made a point to tell us he was single - (Lynn I can bring him home for you if you like!)
Then Madison Square Gardens for Ice Hockey - Well that was an amazing experience!
Riding the Subway
The New York accent calling out about the game was as much entertainment as the game itself - we had a great time!
Off to Time Square on the way home - touch base tomorrow.
Goodnight from New York