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New York City - Part II

¡Vamos a explorar! (Let's go explore!)

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We wanted to explore NYC and boy did we explore NYC! Over the next two days we went to (in chronological order):

  • Johnny's Luncheonette, Chelsea (breakfast)
  • Maddison Square Park
  • New York Public Library
  • Empire State Building
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • Mulligan's Irish Pub, Murray Hill
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Central Park
  • Lincoln Square
  • The Vessel
  • Flatiron Building
  • High Line
  • SoHo
  • World Trade Center Memorial
  • The Occulus

Highlights:

We went for breakfast at Johny's Luncheonette; I cannot recommend this diner enough. We bought delicious food at very reasonable prices. Get there early, as there will be lines.
I was chuffed to get photos at New York Public Library and Grand Central Terminal as two of my favourite all time movies had scenes shot here (Ghostbusters and Carlito's Way, respectively). The Empire State building is always great to see, a very well built, handsome building (according to my un-architectural eye; art-deco I believe), and always nice to see an old, well built cathedral (St. Patrick's) which was built by my boys, the Jesuits.

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Central park is always a fine spot to go; to be fair 'spot' is a bit of a poorly chosen word to use given the vastness of Central Park.I was unhappy wuth the distance we covered in the Park, and vowed silently in my head: we would return! Spoiler alert: we did.

The Vessel and the Flatiron are two great landmarks to see when in NYC. Unfortunately the Flatiron was going under construction, so I didn't bother with photos as the exterior was kind of ruined by the ugly construction. The Vessel, a recent arrival in NYC (2019), is a unique looking specimen (see photo), like some sort of alien spaceship, with little alien nerds running about inside it. To end the day we went to a pretty cool rooftop bar, 230 Rooftop Bar. There is indoor and outdoor seating, giving you a great view of the Empire State Building and other landmarks.

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The next morning we awoke and promptly went for a run on the High Line. The High Line is one of my overall highlights of the whole trip; it is long (1.45 miles) strip full of greenery. It is an old, obsolete railway that is now full of greenery and is being reused for the betterment of humans and nature. Big fan. It was only finished a few years ago, but already boasts over 8 million tourists a year. We later went to SoHo and took some photos in front of some impressive street art. Afterwards we went to the Occulus and World Trade Center Memorial.

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Looking at the old health app, and in particular the steps, we walked a pretty impressive 30, 532 steps on June 18th. On June 19th we did a whopping 35,825 steps!

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There is so much top see in New York, but we were doing our damnest to see it all!

Food and drink:

Restaurant: Johny's Luncheonette (Chelsea)
Go for breakfast here, thank me later.
5/5

Bar: Mulligan's
Decent Irish bar with TVs available for sports (should your significant other allow!)
3/5

Bar: 230 Rooftop Bar
A bar for cool people, so I obviously didn't feel out of place. 😉
3.5/5

Sights:

Occulus & World Trade Center Memorial
The Memorial is a somber sight, and a must see. A bit odd that there's a newly built mall right beside it, but hey, it's a pretty good mall- pleasing to the eye.
5/5

The Vessel
Oddly designed spectacle.
4/5

Central Park
Huge, great for jogging and picnics and stuff.
4.5/5

Lincoln Square
Very nice when dusk hits.
3.5/5

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SoHo
Some very cool street art, but can be hard to find.
3.5/5

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