USA Wanderings: Being a Tourist in New York City
Yesterday I spent the day in New York being a tourist. It was a long day and as many of the things that I wanted to see were still on the list it became a day for ticking them off. Slowly we worked our way around the city.
Of course, you know that I went to take photos of the Flat Iron Building first thing in the morning.
Flat Iron Building – Tick
We went to Chinatown for Dim Sum, or Yum Cha as we call it in Australia. It was down a little side street and apparently a place that has been there for a very long time. It was an interesting yum cha, and the dumplings and such were similar and yet some were very different.
We saw the arch above on the way, and when we were coming back we went a bit closer. It is the entrance or start of the Manhattan Bridge. You can walk over it as well, but we had a lot to see so we moved on.
We made our way to the Staten Island Ferry so I could see the Statue of Liberty. Many people have said it is the best way, and I think they might be right, plus the ferry is free. You can see some great things on the ferry, not just the statue, but also views of the city and some great bridges.
Staten Island Ferry – Tick
Statue of Liberty – Tick
We stopped at Battery Park to look around and while there I saw this statue of an eagle. It was part of a memorial for the men, and I guess women, who have lost their lives in the US Navy.
As we left there and made out way to the 9/11 Memorial, I was fascinated by the building above and how everything was reflected into it. When the clouds were reflecting in it the building almost disappeared. As we got closer to the memorial you could see the Freedom Tower being reflected as well. It seemed to be a time for reflections.
I noticed this at the 9/11 Memorial, the Reflections pools, this is the North one, and the Freedom Tower reflected into it. It was a almost a quiet place, though one has to wonder about the number of people laughing and taking selfies there. I found that quite odd. It is a memorial and the people having their portraits taken there, or getting the selfie sticks out seemed a little insensitive. Would they do that a cemetery?
9/11 Memorial – Tick
After enjoying some Greek food we headed to the Empire State Building. We bought tickets from a person outside, not sure I would ever do that again, as we really didn’t get what we thought we were going to get. We were told we would get access to two floors, and that wasn’t the case. We were ripped off. Be careful with the people outside, you might not get what you think you are getting. If you come across Kevin make sure he doesn’t fast talk you.
The views were great and we still had a great time, but even after 9pm the place was still packed with people. We were able to get to the edge to take some photos. It is like a rabbit warren up there, barriers everywhere so you we could be herded like cattle. Oh well, you only have to do it once in your life I guess.
Empire State Building – Tick
My feet were killing me again by the end of the day, but it was worth it in the end. I got the remainder of the things that I wanted to see off the list, but I have to say, I don’t think I like being a tourist. I really don’t like the crowds of people, and in the end you are just seeing the same things that everyone sees. I think I like the idea of experiencing a place and not doing those other things. I have done them now, and I am happy with what I have done here in New York.
I have more photos to show you from throughout the day. My time here is coming to an end and I only have a couple of days left before I have to head home. It has all happened so quickly.