Highlights of New York - 24th June - 18th July 2011 Part A

Mon 27 Jun 2011 09:44
Having settled nicely into our anchorage on the Hudson River, we went ashore on most days and left the dinghy at the 79th Boat Basin. Then it was off to explore the delights of NYC!   One mode of transport we took to get a  really good feel of the City, was a trip on a classic New York double decker bus.  A 72 hour ticket allowed us to ‘hop-on, hop off’ and this also included a visit to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and a  guided 2 hour ferry trip around Manhattan; not bad! We also purchased 5 day metro tickets allowing us to jump on either the bus or the subway, both of which stopped in the centre of Manhattan and only a 5 minute walk away from the anchorage.
We had a busy, yet brilliant time during our 3 week stay in New York and our senses were always being stimulated by something different!  Here are some of the most memorable moments.....
A great narrative given on Harlem Gospel tour, which included a visit to a Sunday Gospel service and brunch at the Cotton Club. The tour took us past many ‘brownstone’ houses in Harlem (now a desired area to live in). 
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The preacher                                                                            Leaving the Cotton Club after lunch
Shops, Shops and more Shops!!  42nd St. was just full of them and we also visited Macy’s, which is the largest store the world. Naturally, we couldn’t resist buying one or two items! We also just had to pay a visit to the largest McDonalds in the world.  You could also guarantee meeting the odd nice policeman on horseback!
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A stroll through Central Park on a Sunday afternoon where all kinds of activities were happening, including beach volleyball and professional musicians playing to anyone and everyone!
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A walk on The Highline (a disused railway track, now transformed into a ‘green’ elevated walkway above Manhattan). One of the many attractions which was free and one of my favourites!
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I loved the style of the Flatiron Building, which has a uniquely narrow triangular footprint that resembles the prow of a massive ship .
Other favourites include the Chrysler Building and the Guggenheim Museum