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NY was just spectacular. From seeing the Yankees beat Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium to standing in the middle of Times Square at midnight you cannot help but marvel in the awsomeness of this place.
Once we got there were pretty much headed down to the docks where we boarded the Yankee Clipper ferry which took us directly to Yankee Stadium where we sat in the area at the back of the stadium called the bleechers. We were in Section 39 which much to our delight turned out to be the Bay 13 of Yankee Stadium so it was a great experience. Leon made friends with the people next to him who explained the game to us and I made friends with a NYPD pee-wee (female police officer) who ate nuts the whole game.
That night after the game we walked down to Times Square, it was quite late but you wouldn't know it as there were so many people around, it was really quite crowded. I just loved it here. The atmosphere was amazing and I could've spent all night standing in the middle of it all just taking it all in. They have a little NYPD police station in the middle of Times Square which has a pin board of police patches from all over the world. The had most of the OZ states except Victoria so I was quite proud to hand over one of my Vic Pol ones to be displayed in the middle of Times Square. So if you're ever there drop in and take a look and you'll see a little piece of me.
The next day we just explored as much of Manhattan as we could by getting around on an open top narrated tour bus. The sheer size of Manhattan alone just blows you away. 3 days is no where near long enough to explore this city. 3 months would still be not enough. We saw all the touristy things like the Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero (& related sites), UN Headquarters, Empire State Building etc.
That night we caught up with Jen (Cammie's cousin we met in Bermuda). She lives in Brooklyn. We met her at her place and she showed us around Brooklyn which was great. Something we wouldn't have done if it wasn't for her and we were all glad we did. It was a really nice area, somewhere I could easily live. We walked to the Brooklyn Bridge where we had pizza at the famous Grimaldi's. It was really nice. We then walked across the Brooklyn Bridge which was great. As it was night time we saw all the lights of the city and got some great photos.
The next morning was interesting as we decided to go to a Harlem Gospel Church. It was a great experience which was exactly as you would imagine it. The big black choir with the half singing, half shouting preacher. It was moving how passionate they all were about it. After we went across the road to a restaurant called Amy Ruth's which served soul food (Home Style Southern Cuisine). Fried chicken, chitlins, collard greens, wafles, pie's etc. I acquired a menu from there as a Souvenir. Was interesting food, wouldn't eat it again thought. Very fatty. I had deep fried honey chicken, cheesy grits, steamed okra and corn bread.
We got around mostly on the subway system which pretty much covers the whole of NYC. It was really quite efficient and easy to use however the only problem is that it was sooooo hot in all the stations. The trains were air conditioned but you'd get so sweaty (& dirty) waiting for then you'd get on the train and all the sweat and dirt would dry so you'd feel pretty disgusting by the end of the day. It was good fun though, all sorts of different characters down there.
That night we went of a fully narrated bus tour of Manhattan, Harlem and Brooklyn. Was very interesting and the guide new just about everything there is to know about New York. It went for two hours which was just a little too long to be spending on the bus.
Next day I got my hair cut which I desparately needed. Afterwoods I was to meet up with Leon and Sarah however something went wrong and I couldn't find them. As I didn't expect to be able to locate them in Times Square I decided to go off by myself and explore Central Park. This place is huge. It is basically a big garden taking up several blocks between Manhattan and Harlem. I went for a walk which was nice and stress free. Then head back to the hotel to find Leon and Sarah.
That night we went to the top of the Empire State building. We decided to go at the time recommended which was dusk. We got up there really quickly which apparently is very unusual because the queues are normally massive. What an amazing view. I went really snap happy and took heaps of photos. We stayed up there for about half and hour waiting for dusk to turn into night. We really went at the perfect time and got a really good view in both parts of the day.
After that we were quite hungry. Leon and I were quite looking forward to the time when we could go to Hooters! We located it and promptly went inside but not before a quick photo outside. It really is just a normal family restaurant where the waitresses are wearing tight t-shirts and skimpy shorts. I had a great time and the waitresses were lovely. Leon and I bought Hooters stubby holders and I got Sarah a little Hooters outfit for her birthday.
Well this was our last night in NYC. It is truly a marvelous city which one should not miss visiting in their lifetime. Just as I will with Las Vegas, I am adament to return to NYC to spend some more time experiencing it as 3 days was just not enough.
Next stop was Washington DC. Read on!
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