Another very busy day in the Big Apple. Started with breakfast in our lovely dining room, overlooking Central Park. Our hotel seems to be a haven for a group of New York Matrons. There are quite a few of them, breakfasting together every morning, you know the type I mean - 70 plus, too much fluffed up hair, too much makeup and too much jewelry! There don't seem to be any husbands around, so they are possibly all rich widows, or maybe the husbands are at work, I'm not sure but they are fascinating to watch. There are also a lot of French people staying here as well.
Sirens, sirens, sirens - that's all we seem to hear, even on the 42nd floor!
There is a building outside our window that is nearing completion and it will be the tallest residential building in the world. It will be 75 storeys high and was the building that the crane was dangling off when cyclone Sandy hit New York last year. If you are interested, the penthouse is selling for a mere $70 million. When you talk about real estate in New York, you talk in millions, not hundred thousands!
After breakfast we left the hotel and walked a couple of blocks to the 57th street subway, to catch the train down to the Empire State Building - a return visit in daylight. Up until now, we have been catching cabs which are reasonably cheap, except when the traffic is standing still and then the meter just ticks away and you are going nowhere! A nice woman helped us buy our metro ticket. We were very lucky to find her as you can see by the photos, we missed the morning rush!
We arrived at the Empire State Building and for this visit we used our City Pass which meant we didn't have to line up for a ticket and we received an audio guide for free. The queue wasn't very long today at all and we virtually got straight through to the lift and up to the 86th floor no trouble. There were quite a few people up on the observation deck but there is plenty of room for everyone to see the fabulous views and take their photos.
When we came down, we called into a new golf shop that was having its big opening tomorrow. The clothes were VERY expensive, and they didn't even have any gloves for left handed ladies!! I mean where are we, New York or hicksville!!
Walking along the street, came across another photo opportunity!
We then visited the New York Library. What a beautiful building, with magnificent ceilings and reading rooms. Of course, because we are in the 21st century, most of the reading rooms have computers!
We called into the Big and Tall Men's shop but couldn't find anything we wanted to buy.
Them off to MOMA -the Museum of Modern Art. First stop the cafeteria for a most delicious lunch.
Then into the galleries. We were pleasantly surprised and saw a lot of lovely paintings, and a lot of weird stuff too!!
First the weird stuff!
There were about four big rooms with a couple of these coloured rectangles on each wall - what a waste of space!
This was funny. This guy was there for ages trying to find the bullet hole. We couldn't see it either.
We saw paintings by Jackson Pollock, Matise, Picasso, Cezanne, Monet, Surat and Van Gogh. Here are a few samples.
And of course, A Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.
Outside is quite nice too.
A street view walking back to our hotel.
Called into Tiffanys for a sticky beak. Decided not to buy anything. Strange thing but none of the jewelry had price tags on it. I guess if you shop at Tiffanys, you don't worry about the price! There was a little man following us around, wiping our finger marks off the counter tops! Unclean poor people!
A couple of doors up from our hotel is The Plaza Hotel, which was featured in the movie "Arthur" starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minelli, so we went in to take a peek. That's what I love about New York - so much of it is recognizable from movies etc.
As Central Park is just across the street from our hotel, we took a stroll in there on our way home today.
This is a photo of our hotel from Central Park.
As we were approaching our hotel, there seemed to be a bit of excitement happening at our front door!
Turns out there was something happening in the hotel next door. Phew!
We went to the Brooklyn Diner for dinner tonight. It's not in Brooklyn; it's in Manhattan! We had a drink there yesterday and spent a long time chatting with the barman and the owner so we thought we'd go back for our last dinner before we join our tour group.
I had fish and chips and Phil had a meat loaf dish. Just as we were deciding what to drink, the owner came to our table with two complimentary glasses of Presecco. How nice.
So after we had finished eating, we took our drinks up to the bar to chat with Julian. Next minute he gives us a complimentary dessert from the owner - New York Cheese Cake. It was a huge piece of cheese cake, covered with huge strawberries, a blob of cream and some chocolate sauce to pour over the whole thing. Jerry, the owner said that we couldn't leave New York without tasting New York Cheese Cake. It was nice. Thank goodness there was only one piece. It was huge! How people can eat something that big, I'll never know.
Maggie Wilson and Miss Mitten
Julian Hoffman and the New York Cheese Cake.
Now off to bed after a very full day.