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The Bronx is up and the Battery's down

So today I got my first real taste of visiting New York. Walking on the sidewalk with yellow cabs zooming past'; hearing the cars and trucks honking their horns at everything and nothing, seeing blocks of apartments and offices; little stalls selling hot dogs. It was just like being on a movie set. In fact, Brian and Maki were complaining that roads get closed for filming, which disrupts everything, and Brian once bumped into George Clooney - literally.

Maki is busy working but Brian has time off, so we went out together this afternoon, First stop was Grand Central Stationk, which is pretty close to home. It really is fabulous, and we went through that famous hallway, the one where everyone dances in 'The Fisher King'. In fact, so much of NY is like a movie set. In the hall you can feel the trains passing underneath. We had lunch at the Oyster Bar - New England clam chowder with oyster crackers, which was lovely. For some reason, although when looking at things priced in dollars I normally automatically adjust to pounds by simply halving, when looking at menus I read dollars as being equivalent to pounds, and have to remind myself to convert the amount.

After lunch we spent $24 on a metrocard, which allows a week's unlimited travel on the subway and buses (that's 12 quid - bargain !), and took a bus along 42nd Avenue, though Times Square, to the pier we wanted. There we boarded a boat for the 3 hour cruise around Manhatten Island. It was a lovely sunny day, though the breeze on the Hudson river was a bit chilly. South of the island, we went close to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, then cruised back north up the east side of the island.The commentary was interesting, and I had additional comments from Brian. The south end of the island is the financial centre, where most of the skyscrapers are - almost to the water's edge. The north end is higher above the water, and is green with woods. It doesn't look anything like you think  Manhatten would. I took lots of photos.

The cruise finished around 6.30 and we made our way back to Grand central, travelling a little way by subway, and met Maki. We had dinner at another restaurant there, orering two helpings of the three course dinner for two - one generous portion of which was brought home in a doggy bag. I had onion soup with a thick coat of melty cheese on top, delicious chicken with fries and runner beans, and creme brulee for dessert. My share of the cost was $22. It would have been a fair price in pounds, let alone dollars. Home after there. Brian and Maki have gone out to move some stuff, leaving me alone to play on their computers (choice of about six) and read their books.

Might visit the Strand bookhop, farmer's market and/or Central park tomorrow. If I don't fall out of the loft bed during the night.


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21st Sep, 2007 05:44 (UTC)
WOW! It sounds like you are having a fabulous time! I am really enjoying reading all about your hols - food sounds fabulous! :)
21st Sep, 2007 09:19 (UTC)
Can't wait to hear abt what you see and buy next! :D

Continue to have a fabulous time!! :D
21st Sep, 2007 13:29 (UTC)
Oh, my boyfriend absolutely loves French Onion Soup. And creme brulee might be my favorite dessert in the world.
21st Sep, 2007 15:01 (UTC)
Also, your icon rocks.
22nd Sep, 2007 04:37 (UTC)
I'borrowed' the icon from someone on another lj community; she couldn't remember where she'd got it from, so I can't give proper credit, but I loved it so much I had to have it.
Diesel once unravelled almost an entire box of tissues, and Navarre used to play with handy toilet rolls; he turned them into doilies.
22nd Sep, 2007 04:38 (UTC)
I've made onion soup on a couple of occasions - it worked out pretty well. Never tried creme brulee though.
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