Arrival in New York CityWe left Manchester early in the morning a drove for 4 hours to New York City, got some groceries at Walmart and headed for our apartment. Driving in NYC is a bit crazy, there is lots of traffic and you have to stay alert all the time. We drove through the Lincoln Tunnel which costs 15$. You go underneath the Hudson river and emerge in Manhattan. That same night we went out to explore our neighborhood.
Downtown ManhattanThe next day we woke up fresh ready to explore the day. We got 7 days Metro passes which we used a lot during our time here. We parked our rental in a parking garage for the duration of our stay. On the first morning we went to the One World Center and the 9/11 Memorial. As you can imagine there are lots of tourists here, but it never felt crowded.
9/11 MemorialRight next to the One World Center is the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. The memorial is located at the World Trade Center site, the former location of the Twin Towers, which were destroyed during the September 11 attacks. It is operated by a non-profit corporation whose mission is to raise funds for, program, own, and operate the memorial and museum at the World Trade Center site. It's very impressive and touching to stand here.
Crossing the Brooklyn BridgeAfter strolling the streets of Downtown Manhattan we crossed the Brooklyn Bridge. It's a huge suspension bridge with lots of traffic from both cars and bikes. Of course you have to add a lot of tourists and locals who cross it as well. Taking nice shots midday here is almost impossible but I did my best. To be honest were so tired already from walking all day that the only thing we wanted was lunch. The bridge is very impressive but you have to be careful when crossing because of the crowds. I think it's best explored at sunset, but since I haven't been there during that time of day I can't vouch for it.
Lunch in Shake ShackWe had lunch in Brooklyn in Shake Shack. It's a chain but much better then usual fast food places. The burgers are awesome and fairly priced. After walking for the whole day we would have eaten anything though. But luckily it was delicious as well :)
Brooklyn ParkAfter lunch we went to the Brooklyn Park which gives you amazing panoramas of Manhattan. The weather was great this day so we got some really nice pictures. You can view the Brooklyn Bridge from here and all major skyscrapers of Downtown Manhattan
Returning UptownWe headed back to our apartment with the Metro. Two images down you can take a look at the street where we stayed. Our building had a rooftop which was accessible so as the sun went down we could go up there to enjoy the views and take some pictures.
Next up in NYC will be our visit the Broadway, Rockefeller Center which houses the famous Top of the Rock viewpoint and Times Square. I hope to see you back.
End of Part Eight
To be continued...