Sunday, 8 May 2011

HOLIDAY - New York Day 6

Some dried up toast didn't seem fitting for a Saturday morning breakfast so I headed out to a local deli for some wraps. We'd had quite a lie-in so it was practically lunchtime anyway. The Boar's head deli just along the road had an extensive menu and I also picked up some watermelon spring water... amazing!

After much lounging we left about 2.30pm for the Baseball at the Yankee Stadium in The Bronx. We had originally hoped to get play-off tickets to see basketball or ice hockey but both the teams we planned to see had already been knocked out. Typical! Saved us a few quid too as play-off tickets are definitely not cheap.

New York 2011
New York 2011

At the game I tested out the sport mode and zoom again on my camera and it coped pretty darn well with no camera shake, hurrah! I got close-ups of the team stretching before the game and we stocked up on beer. Half way through we shared some nachos but I regretted it. I have never seen that amount of liquid cheese on anything before. It seems with America, cheese goes with everything. The game was very different to a football match, it seems to be mainly home team supporters and there isn't much banter, just the occasional chant of 'let's go Yankees'. In the end the Yankees were victorious.

New York 2011
New York 2011
New York 2011
New York 2011

To avoid the crowds at the tube we walked up the Grand Concourse to explore a little bit of the Bronx. It definitely had more of a neighbourood/community feel. I actually preferred it to Brooklyn, it felt like it had a bit more personality. We stumbled upon a wedding of a young couple, saw kids playing in the street, neighbours chatting to each other... it was good to see this side of New York too. The Upper East Side where we were staying is all miniature dogs, apartment blocks with doormen and get-fit-fanatics.

As it was fairly late we didn't bother going home to get changed and went straight down near Times Square to a bar called Hurley's. We'd been given discount tickets for $4 Cosmopolitans and draught beer all night so it was difficult to resist. We ate dinner which was pretty nice and then joined the locals in watching the Ultimate Fighting Championship. I'm actually quite partial to it... full of surprises aren't I!

New York 2011

When we left the bar we noticed a crowd gathered across the street at one of the theatre stage doors. It seemed like the obvious thing to do to wait and see who the crowd was waiting for. A few minutes later Ben Stiller came out and signed autographs. I love those little random moments that you don't plan. Stumbling across a celebrity or event in a big city like that feels pretty cool.

By today our pace had definitely started to slow but it was nice to have quite a chilled day.
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