NYC day 2
With the weather forecast being 100% accurate, we had a slow start to the day to let the rain pass. With a general plan agreed, we set off to navigate the Subway here in New York.
Why are we not there yet ?
There is a subway entrance literally in-front on the hotel, so we bought 2 tickets and popped $10 onto each one. I must say it was very easy and stress free.
Entering the Subway is not too high tech, as you need to swipe your card - most places like UK and Malaysia have smart card sensors - this took several attempts to understand.
Down to the platform, and after 5 mins a train appeared heading Uptown. The first three planned stops were as I expected, then we seemed to be on super-drive. We missed the next 5 stops !! We got off nearly in Harlem, and swapped platforms only to realize there is an express platform, and a local. Duh !!! Now back on the local platform, we stopped off at 86th street.
We exited the Subway and went into the park. The first thing that struck us was how cold it was. We had packed out rain gear, and we were now wearing them. Dora alas did not have her wolly hat on, so she was a little cold.
The park was really blustery, very autumnal. Lots of people walking their dogs. In the middle you could almost forget you were in a big city.
We exited near the Met art gallery, and strolled up to the Guggenheim - alas neither of us are art buffs - so we headed south.
Grand Central Station
We entered a very impressive building - one of those buildings we have seen on many time in the movies. In real life it was much more beautiful than you expect. Looking like a combination of a Victorian train Station, and a Museum.
We spent a few minutes wondering around before disappearing in search of food.
Where is King Kong ?
After lunch, we had a bisque walk towards the Rockefeller Centre, only to find ourselves outside the Empire State Building. We were in the lobby yesterday when it was a miserable day - raining and very windy. Now it was bright - with blue skies, plus there was no queue. We entered, and after some queueing and "security" we were levitated to the 80th floor.
We rose another 6 floors to the observation deck.
Wow !! Breath taking in terms of cold, wind and view.
We did rise the next 20 floors to floor 102 - but it is frankly disappointing, and in our opinion.
There are some more photos including these in the gallery.