Following on from last week’s post of our first day in New York City, here’s Day 2. So after a pretty poor night’s sleep everyone was up super early and ready to take on the day, fuelled by lots of coffee. We had breakfast in the hotel, which consisted of a muffin, piece of fruit and either juice or coffee, before making our way up to Central Park. Central Park was one of our top priorities for the trip so spent a whole morning there, but only managed to cover half of it. We meandered our way from the 59th street entrance up to the Bethesda Terrace, then on towards to the Natural History Museum. We didn’t actually see the museum but used it for a toilet break before heading across the park to Madison Avenue for a wander and a browse in some shops.
After a brief stint on Madison Avenue we re routed to 5th Avenue where we had a quick look in the Nike Lab as well as the NBA Store and Adidas store. We also made a stop in the New York Public Library, where the famous telephone scene in The Day After Tomorrow happened. The library was mostly closed due to a fashion show that was happening that night, but only downstairs, so we made sure we had a look in the reading rooms upstairs while we were there. This was all en-route to the Empire State Building, another of our must visits. The Empire State Building is a given if you’re visiting New York City and a super recommendable experience during the day, we went up about mid afternoon but whatever time of day you go it’ll be super hectic. As you walk it you are greeted by the iconic wall mural before heading up to get your tickets and start your journey to the top.
The main observation deck is on the 86th floor but the is in indoor observation deck a few levels lower that you arrive at first. The view from even the lower level is incredible, looking both way towards upper and lower manhattan. Once out on the 86th floor the experience is elevated tenfold! When we visited it was extremely windy at the top in all directions, meaning we could only handle a couple of minutes outside at a time. We hung around in the Empire State Building for a good couple of hours to get our money’s worth.
From the ESB we headed over to Broadway, pit stopping at a Chipolté for tea, to make our way back up towards Times Square and the hotel. We spent most of our day on our feet, and after a bad night’s sleep, which meant we had to call it quits early to rest up for an even busier day the next day.
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