Sunday, 8 May 2011

HOLIDAY - New York Days 7-8

Sunday was our day to get away from the city. We decided to go to Coney Island. My boyfriend lives near to Southend and I grew up in Hastings so we wanted to see what the New York, seaside town equivalent would be like. We surmised by the end of it that it's not far off Southend. It's a little bit of a trip from the Middle of Manhattan but easy to get on the metro.

New York 2011

New York 2011

New York 2011

We arrived and wandered around the rides, trying our hand at a few arcade games (half of which were broken) and the boy got his fortune told by the creepiest fortune teller machine I've ever seen. We had to do it, just to reference the Tom Hanks Film 'Big'. Afterwards we went on the Wonder Wheel which is the oldest ride there and protected as a piece of history. It felt old as our cage grinded along the metal to swing us back and forth.

We walked the length of the boardwalk down to Brighton Beach where people were playing Volleyball and Squash outside. It was a lovely day but pretty windy and you can't go in the water at this time of year as there are no lifeguards so we ate some tacos and fresh fruit on the front and people watched. Walking back we passed some guys showing off their cars - loving the Mustang! I've always wanted an old Mustang.

New York 2011

New York 2011
New York 2011
New York 2011

After we'd had our fill of the seaside we headed back to Central Park to explore a bit more of that. We stumbled upon a marriage proposal as a couple got out of a horse and cart there which was pretty cool to see. We then fought for a small spot on the Great Lawn to play frisbee. We all love a bit of frisbee right?

We went out later for dinner and the boy was after something meaty, so we stopped at a diner not far from the apartment. He had steak and I had chicken breasts covered in cheese, mushrooms and bacon, It was pretty immense. It makes my heart hurt just thinking about it. We had out own little jukebox and spent the night competing with a group of teens for the music.

New York 2011

Once we'd eaten we thought we'd have a few more beers as it was out last night and went into a pub filled with locals only, no other tourists. It was half way through our first drink that the news broke of Osama Bin Laden's death. It was a pretty strange place to be. As events unfolded we waited to hear Obama's speech, the American's in the bar all did a shot together to celebrate, and while on the walk home we could hear chants of 'USA' in the streets and the national anthem being played inside people's homes. I can safely say I'll always remember where I was when we heard the news.

The following day (our last) I did some final shopping in Sephora, Urban Outfitters, Banana Republic and a little more in H&M. I also stocked up on some sweet treats for the office then we had a relaxed stroll round the Guggenheim Museum filled with works from the world's great artists including Picasso, Rousseau, Kandinsky and Braque. I lost myself in the audio guide and it was interesting to see the progression so visibly from one work to another in each artist's collection. Personally, I don't like cubism which is what a lot of this exhibition was based upon. There was an early piece from Picasso which was much more figurative and it was so good, so powerful. I wonder what his art would have looked like if he had continued to paint in that style.

New York 2011

And there it was, our week was almost up. It ended on a sour note after our pre-reserved seats on our flight were given away to someone else and we had a stressful time waiting for other people to give up seats so we might get on the plane. In the end we did, but couldn't sit together :( if flying with KLM/Delta... it seems to now be a regular thing to over book flights (ours was over by at least 20 people). Apparently it's better to fly out of New York on a morning flight, not an evening flight which is a piece of advice I will definitely remember.

And that's my New York diary... of which I've missed loads out but hopefully you've found it interesting enough. Everyone who has been has so many suggestions and tips on what to do and where to go when it comes to New York, but my advice is to take it all in and then carve your own path. There is so much to do you'll never be stuck. Read through the guide books and work out what you want to do... then, enjoy! Has anyone else got any holidays planned soon?

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