Phew! So our first two days in NYC are now a bit of a blur – it seems like soooooo much more than a week ago!
Let me tell you a little bit about NYC. First off, it’s big! Secondly, there’s tonnes of people! And thirdly? It’s big. If you go to this site, you’ll see a reproduction of the New York City subway map. Confused yet? The spinning thinger on the map is the station closest to where Dave and Lindsey live … at 139th & Broadway. Thankfully, the streets are at least named smart! Streets go East/West, avenues go North/South. So 42nd St and 5th Ave? Not as confusing as you’d think! To get from their apartment to Times Square (42nd St) took about 45 – 60 mins by subway. This map shows the five boroughs (Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island) really well. Basically, anything you see on movies is generally Manhattan =)
Day Three – Monday
Brad and I set off Monday morning all by ourselves armed with ‘The Map’ of the subway system and the New York Not-For-Tourists book (thanks, Lindsey!). Our first stop was the Circle Line sightseeing cruise. From there we got to see most of Manhattan from the water.
The Empire State Building
The Statue of Liberty
The Brooklyn Bridge
And a host of other things! Unfortunately about 30 mins from the end of the cruise our camera battery died. Silly us forgot to recharge it the night before! We spent the rest of the day at The Museum of Modern Art looking at “art” – turns out that Brad and I aren’t such huge fans of modern art … we did get to see van Gogh’s Starry Night, which was pretty cool. I, however, was sad. Dali’s The Persistence of Memory was on loan to another museum, and he’s my FAVOURITE PAINTER!! Sigh. Impressionism’s really my favourite type of art, and they really didn’t have a whole lot of it =(
Monday evening we ate at … hmmm … a random cafe because then we met Dave & Lindsey and went to see THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM!!! Yes, it was fantastic, and no we couldn’t wait until we got back to see it!
Day Four – Tuesday
Happy 23rd Birthday, Brad! Tuesday we went to see The American Museum of Natural History. Now this was our kind of museum!
I got to see my favorite dino:
Brad got to see a kimodo dragon eating a wild boar:
And we got our picture taken in front of a Tyrannosaurus Rex eating a Brontosaurus (which are, apparently, actually name Apatosaurus – this upset me more than is normal) :
We also got to see a giant meteor:
And a giant tree piece:
After the museum, we went out for Brad’s birthday dinner with Lindsey and Dave to Max – a restaurant in East Village. It was phenomenal Italian food! Dave made Brad the Coolest. Card. Ever. I’ll put up a pic of it later. Lindsey gave us both “I *Heart* NY” tees – also awesome! I’ll have to get a pic of us wearing them and being big geeks =)
I think that about sums up days three and four … on to days five and six!