New York, our Second 'bite' of the Big Apple

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Times Square, New YorkOur whistle stop visit to New York prior to our cruise to Nova Scotia was for two days.  We have been before to New York and done a lot of the famous sites; Emprire State Building; Rockefeller Centre; Macey's and others but it was good to be back, in a strange sort of way.  New York is one on its own, dirty streets, old buildings; strange people; packed full of people from all over the world, but it does have a "buzz" about it,

We stayed at the Inter Continental in Times Square, not my favorite place Times Square.  It is the 'cross roads of the world' it is brash and  busy with a bustle that I have now come to not enjoy, but that said it is the centre of Theatre Land and has restaurants of every nationality,  It is a place where I feel out of my comfort zone - but with the police on every corner it does feel safe, although as in any large city, take care of your wallet or purse.   The Intercontinental Hotel is excellent, good bedrooms, excellent bar and restaurant and a concierge department that has everything at their finger tips. 

Statue of Liberty, New YorkWe decided to revisit the Statue of Liberty the concierge organised all our tickets, which is a queuing time saver - it does help you jump the queues - remember to ask for a Senior ticket, the cost is $17 for adults and 14$ for Seniors.  The trip to see the Statue of Liberty is well worth seeing and has interesting shops etc around its base, if you wish to go up into the statue, it has to be arranged earlier, online or through the concierge, you can visit the Crown or the Pedestal areas, for extra cost. The area is disabled friendly and on the ferry there are many ferry workers to help with any wheelchairs etc. 

National September 11 Memorial & MuseumWe visited Ground Zero a sad reflection of what happened on 9/11, the Americans however have made a fitting tribute to the many people who died there with two water features, each on the footprint of the two towers.  They are like a large wells with names of the dead inscribed around the base and water in a continuous flow going down and down into a black hole, you can not see the bottom.  It is a powerful reminder of the devastation that was caused on that site, people are respectful and sombre but it is a place of reflection of what happened on that dreadful day. 

For anyone going to New York for the first time the Red Bus tour is a must, you can take a 48 hour or a 72 hour tour whichvisits all the famous places, and it even has a night tour of New York going over the Brooklyn Bridge the cost vary from $54 to $115 (plus if you want the VIP treatment), depending on your stamina, it is worth every dollar. 

Brooklyn Bridge, New YorkWe took the Subway, which is quick and clean, but beware if you get off at Times Square and feel totally bewildered by where you are - there are a lot of stations that go to different parts of the Square - just ask, in a shop or a street trader, our experience is that they are friendly and helpful.  The Subway took us to Central Park and we visited the site of 'Imagine' the memorial to John Lennon, it is a ring of stone with the word Imagine written in the centre.  The park is a lovley place to relax from the bustle. Horse drawn carriges, people jogging, cycling and just strolling around this iconic park. 

Our visit was too short but our next stop was Brooklyn to get on the Cruise Ship to take us north to Nova Scotia, but like the song New York New York  I love being 'a part of it' when we are there, so we will be back for another 'bite' of the Big Apple.

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  • Flowerpowerlife
    over 3 years ago
    Thanks for the top tip!
  • Glynis-Sullivan
    over 3 years ago
    Hi Flowerpowerlife

    Hope you have a fabulous time - if you do go on the Brooklyn night tour - take a jacket - it can get cool on the top deck of the bus. Don't miss Ground Zero.

    Glynis Sullivan
  • Flowerpowerlife
    over 3 years ago
    I'm off to NYC next week so am devouring all information....the Brooklyn night tour sounds like a must do.
  • Glynis-Sullivan
    over 5 years ago
    Yes, the Red Bus is a must in many cities around the world, the way to see the area before you explore on foot. I hope New York is on your 'bucket list'? It is an exciting city to visit.
  • Glynis-Sullivan
    over 5 years ago
    Love 5th Avenue though - try the area of Hell's Kitchen - yes, this is an area not too far from Times Square (ten minute walk). There is a good market, with interesting clothes and bric a brac, if you are looking for 'local colour' this is the place!
  • Glynis-Sullivan
    over 5 years ago
    Great to hear your comments

    I agree about the Lennon memorial, lots of people and not alot of respect for his memory.
  • keithydee
    over 5 years ago
    Nice blog! I love NYC I think my favourite part is Staten Island, in the middle, yet green and a million miles away from the Hustle and Bustle, the free ferry is a bonus with photo shoots of the old Immigrant station and statue en route. I was surprised how many people went to the Lennon memorial even now, it was heaving around there, maybe they should've put it over the road where he was shot though.
  • Shscc_1
    over 5 years ago
    Sounds wonderful x So much more to see than 5th Avenue!!
  • sarahlouise210
    over 5 years ago
    How I would love to go to New York ! If I do ever get to go I will definitely take your advice and do the sightseeing by bus - we did this in Paris, and it was a perfect way to see the sights.