Welcome back to my A Week In New York City series, if you have missed days 1 & 2 then you can see them HERE and HERE. If you are up to date then read on and see what we did on days 3 & 4. Before I start though I’ll let you know I have grouped these 2 days together because day 4 was a bit of a down day for us and I didn’t take my camera out with me. Anyway, here we go!
Day 3 was all about Lower Manhattan, which includes the Statue Of Liberty, Staten Island, Wall Street, Chelsea Markets, the High Line, and so much more. We started our day off with breakfast and Fresh and Co just by our hotel before jumping on the subway down to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. The Staten Island Ferry is a free ferry to, you guessed it, Staten Island but passes right by the Statue Of Liberty, meaning you get a great view of Lady Liberty on both legs of the journey without having to pay a penny! We opted to have a wander round Staten Island to see the 911 Memorial they have there before getting the ferry back.
The 9/11 Memorial is supposed to look like the twisted metal structure of the twin towers and has all the names of Staten Island residents who sadly passed that day, each on a separate plaque shaped like the side profile of their face. Some plaques had roses tucked into them, like you see above. The view through the memorial was stunning, a perfect shot of Lower Manhattan right though the centre which made a great picture.
After returning from Staten Island we proceeded to walk up to Wall Street and the famous Charging Bull statue, but not without a coffee stop first. When we arrived at the bull it was surrounded with people all trying to get a picture with either its head or its ‘tail’. Emily and her family got their pictures and I hung back for a minute to get my own, which proved rather difficult with the amount of people around but I managed. From the bull we strolled down Wall Street and passed the American Stock Exchange as we made our way over to the One World Trade Centre and the 9/11 Memorial Fountains.
The 9/11 Memorial Fountains are beautiful and rest in place of the former Twin Towers. Each fountains has the names of those who passed cut out of the continuous plaque that surrounds the fountain. Lots of the names had a white rose stood in them which is placed there on the persons birthday, either by or on behalf of the family. We stood and payed our respects for a short while before moving on to our next location.
We walked up Hudson Street, through Tribeca to The Little Owl Cafe but sadly it was closed which meant we had to fid somewhere else for lunch. Luckily, just around the corner, we found Le Pain Quotidien and had a beautiful lunch before carrying on our mission to the High Line. The High Line is an old railway line that has been repurposed into a walkway and garden filled with sculptures and art for it’s entire length. We walked for a short while before coming off to have a look around the Chelsea Markets, which is filled with eateries and trinket stalls to suit everyones taste. After a quick nosey round we continued along the High Line, through the meat packing district until we reached Hell’s Kitchen. After our stroll along the High Line we headed back towards Times Square for tea before calling it a night.
Day 4 was a bit of a down day for us all. After 3 busy days we just wanted an easy day with no real plan.The only thing we had to do that day was the Brooklyn Nets basketball game we had tickets for in the evening. We started the day a little later than usual and spent the morning doing a bit of shopping. After a spot of shopping we started to make our way towards Brooklyn. There were a couple of bagel shops we wanted to try in the East Village so that was our next stop. We tried Black Seed Bagel and Tompkins Square Bagel and both were amazing! After stuffing ourselves with bagels we made our final journey down to Brooklyn for the game. If you haven’t been to a basketball game then I highly recommend you do, they are so fast paced and the atmosphere in the arena is incredible, making it hard not to get excited and involved in the game. The Nets ended up losing 129-125 to the Milwaukee Bucks, that didn’t dampen our spirits though. By the time the game had finished it was past 10pm and we were all ready for bed. The subway station at the Barclays Centre was PACKED and took us a while to actually get on a train. Once back at the hotel we all collapsed into bed, eager for rest before the following day.
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