|Took this great photo of the water towers found on |
topof the older buildings today. If you want to know why
they are there you have to read the day 3 blog.
I am finally figuring out the subway map. Still not as proficient as I will be in a few more days, but it's starting to make sense. I realized I was explaining the map to someone who had been in NYC for 2 months, so considering I've only had 2 days of riding it, I was patted myself on the back. I arrived at B & H Camera and was floored. It covers a whole block with 2 full floors of merchandise. I couldn't even guess how many people they had there ready to help customers - it was astounding - and all couldn't have been more friendly. This store deserves it's own blog, so I will stop here. The important note is that the only problem with my camera was a corrupt memory card thankfully.
My City Pass booklet had a ticket for the Empire State Building. As it was only a short walking distance, I decided to check that off my list first. I have 2 thoughts on this visiting the monument. The first is that it is historical. If that's you're bent, you should probably try and go. I loved the wall mural in the entry way above left and the floor inlay on the right above found in another room. As far as historic buildings you couldn't as for more BUT this is very touristy. Looking at the lay-out of velvet ropes in the first room, I bet the line-up during high tourist season could be 2 hours or more long.
Even off season we lined up for the first elevator, then went through a museum floor, then lined up for a 2nd elevator. At this point we were given the choice of using the stairwell for the next 6 floors which about half of us took. Not for someone out of shape. Then you're in a packed open room at the top with windows all around. The outside walkway is 2-3 people deep on all sides and once you make your way to the front on each side, there is a grill work you have to shoot through. So while I am not sorry I saw it once, I probably won't go back.
|You can really see those roof top|
water towers here
|This looked like a weird maze of buildings. |
Liked the texture and shape of the roof lines
As the bus continued on, I drifted off and missed some of the information being offered by the guide. NYC is full of interesting buildings and you could probably spend weeks just enjoying the variety of textures they offer. Below are just some random shots from the bus. Forgive the lack of choosing the right angle - when the bus is moving you just have to point and click quickly.
|This is only here because I couldn't believe that|
people would actually stand in line 15-30 minutes to
take a picture with this Wall Street bull statue.
According to the tour guide they take them with
the back end, too!! Hilarious.
|I loved the this colourful building. What the photo|
doesn't convey is the way it brightened the dull
|Interesting area across the street to explore|
|Wall of iPhone covers at Studio Manhattan|
|Ships at dock|
|My favourite NEW building in NYC|
A residential tower, I think in Soho
|Loved the reflection in the|
curved glass of the building.
|Random sign on the side of the ramp of|
the Brooklyn Bridge
|The texture of this building stood out from it's neighbors.|
|Beneath this ring of flags is a courtyard|
sort of like Robson Square. I believe the
guide said there is a skating rink there
in the winter but I cannot confirm.
|New tower being built atop an older|
The two final
Images below are stock as I couldn't snap good ones from the bus. The American Girl Place is the girlie, girlie store for the upscale clientele. I have no idea how to describe this place.