As it's a beautiful, clear day we decide on a trip to the High Line today.
Walking along West 14th Street Mark and Marcus have corn dogs for breakfast. I pass and have a blueberry muffin. The direction takes us through Greenwich Village and Chelsea, which are full of antique shops, second hand dealers and trendy little bars.
The high Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. The walk isn't long but it is interesting to see the views from this vantage point. The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew wild for 25 years after the trains stopped running. Wandering through the gardens, we find plants, grasses, shrubs, and trees. There are many medicinal plants which are identified clearly. We now know where the Sumac we use on our flat breads comes from.
The line culminates with the vessel, the centerpiece of Hudson Yards. This is a spiral staircase, an interactive artwork which can be climbed. Views of the city can be enjoyed from different heights, angles and vantage points. Best of all it's free.
Walking along 50th street we reach the Rockefeller Centre. This is an excellent stop for ice cream and people watching. The building are Art Deco and are therefore an absolute joy for me.
We stumble across the Cathedral of St Patrick. The Cathedral was built in the second half of the nineteenth century, but looks much older due to the Neo-Gothic-style. It is beautiful and as with everything in New York huge. As it is Sunday there are many visitors, but the atmosphere is calm and very peaceful.
Next to the Museum mile. I stop off at the Hewitt-Cooper Design Museum to visit the Nature by Design Exhibition. Marcus and Mark decide to give this a miss and visit the Jewish Museum instead to see Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything exhibition. After whiling away at least 2 hours we meat up in the Gardens of the Design Museum.
A visit to the Guggenheim next door is obligatory. The architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright is what makes this museum the pick of those in New York. It is impressive both inside and out.
We catch the subway back to our hotel and after a quick change we visit the roof top bar in our hotel. The view of the Chrysler tower is spectacular, all lit up in the dark. Food beckons and we go for Mexican.Day 5
Last day in New York so we must visit the Empire State building.
We check out of our hotel (Mark is so pleased to say goodbye to that top bunk), store the luggage and walk to 33rd Street.
This Art Deco building is impressive. One can only imagine how impressive this building was before all the new modern sky scrappers were built around it. We go into the lobby and see the large scale model and read the information provided. The skill of the engineers and the bravery of the builders is amazing.
Back to the hotel and a taxi to Penn Station for the Amtrak to Niagara.