Fleeton Year of Adventure travel blog

One the ferry to Manhattan from Jersey City - the Empire State...

The Statue of Liberty, seen from the ferry

Coming around the tip of lower Manhattan - Staten Island Ferry docks,...

Wall Street skyscrapers

Times Square! - the ball that drops for New Year's Eve is...

Broradway!!!

The famous old Winter Garden Theatre (no, I won't put in all...

How's this for a cast! Unfortunately, the show hadn't opened yet...

The Ed Sullivan Theatre, home of the Tonight Show, right on Broadway

The Empire State Building, from our bus tour

Madison Square Gardens

Herald Square

Rockefeller Centre

Empire SB, from the base

Flat Iron Building

Driving through Greenwich Village

World Trade Centre site - now just a large construction area

Chinatown

The Brooklyn Bridge and midtown Manhattan, taken from the Brooklyn side

NBC studios at the Rockefeller Centre

The Top of the Rock(efeller Centre tower) - looking over uptown Manhattan...

Upper Manhattan and the Empire SB (it was red, white and blue...

The Chrysler Building, with the Met Life tower in front of it

And still no King Kong!

Radio City Music Hall, at the base of the Rock


We started our LONG day by taking the ferry over to Wall Street, then finding an underground station and going to Times Square, which is a crazy (but great) place full of other tourists trying to figure their maps out, and full of hucksters trying to sell you everything including city tours. We bought a package of tours, but first we walked down Broadway so I could go ooh and aah at all the famous theatres, and we bought tickets for two shows for Wednesday (the next day), which was a matinee day. We then went on a site seeing tour of lower and midtown Manhattan on the top of a double decker bus, and followed that by a tour over to Brooklyn (which wasn't very exciting!) We got off that tour near the end at the Rockefeller Centre, so we decided to go up to the Top of the Rock, as they call it, since it was much cheaper and you didn't have to stand in line as much as going up the Empire State Building, and besides, we were there! The sun had just set, so we got lots of good night-time photos of Manhattan. The Empire State Building was decorated in red, white and blue for Voting Day, but two days later they had changed it to blue and white in honour of the Yankees who had just won the World Series (no, we didn't stay around for their parade down the middle of the city!). When we got down from the top we looked around Rockefeller Centre, including the famous skating rink and the outside of the theatres, and then went back to Times Square to get on a night-time sight-seeing bus. Few of my photos turned out well, as it's hard to take night-time pictures of lights from a moving bus, but we did brave the cool climate on the open top of the double-decker bus for a good view. Going back across the Manhattan Bridge to Brooklyn it was VERY chilly. After the tour we found our way to Herald Square, where the New Jersey underground line left from, and took it back under the Hudson River to near our campground - about a 15 minute walk back to the campground in the dark, but not a troublesome area for walking in at all.



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