Sunday, 11 December 2016

New York Photo Diary - Day Two

Happy Sunday everyone,

I'm back with another post about my trip to New York last month. You can read about Day one here. I cant believe that I was there a month ago today, where is the time going? 

Day two in New York started early, due to jet leg and excitement I was awake at 5am and decided get up and start the day over in Brooklyn. The sun was nowhere to be found and forcasted to rain but that wasn't going to stop me wandering and taking pictures. First stop was Dumbo to get a shot of Manhattan bridge, luckily the early start worked in my favour and the crowds had yet to descend. I can see now why this place it such a great spot for a picture.

I then slowly rambled over Brooklyn Bridge. It was lovely have the bridge practically to myself with the odd cyclist or runner passing me by. The walk would have normally took 20mins but I took close to an hour, stopping to take pictures and admiring the amazing views of the Manhattan skyline.

As soon as I reached Manhattan the heavens started to open and decided that was my cue to seek a much needed breakfast, I headed to Soho on the subway and had delicious food at Jack's Wife Freda (read post here). 

After eating, I checked my map and saw I wasn't too far from the 9/11 memorial, I had visited back in 2010 but it was still under development and I wanted to see it complete and pay my respects. The reflecting pools are a beautiful tribute of remembrance. I felt uncomfortable taking pictures and decided to take time and quietly reflect on what this memorial stood for. 

Next to the memorial is the impressive Oculus. The architecture of the building is just stunning and nothing like anything I've seen before. It has some great stores including Kate Spade and Aesop, and it was hard not to come away with a little something.

After a wander around the mall I hopped on the subway again and headed to the New York Public Library ready to join the 11am tour. I couldn't believe I had done so much and it was still the morning. 

This was my first visit to the library and it was just stunning, inside and out. The guide was a lovely french lady who made the tour fun and interesting. There is so much history in the building and I could have easily spent the day exploring all the rooms. I was lucky enough to finally see The Rose Main Reading Room which had recently reopened after two years of being closed for important restorations and repairs. The room and especially it's ceiling was truly beautiful. I would highly recommend the free tours as you get to hear about stories about the library and it's patrons, which you probably wouldn't get from reading a guide book or taking an audio tour.

After the tour I had a wander round midtown popping in shops that took my fancy and decided to slowly make my way down to Madison Square Park in search of the Flatiron.

I can't believe I'd never seen the Flatiron before. Even though the day was gloomy and rainy it was still a remarkable building, standing unique and tall. It has to be one of my favourite buildings in New York. 

Of course I couldn't leave the area without visiting Shake Shack, I had heard from friends that this was definitely the one to try and it was probably up there with some of the best burgers I have had. Not only was the food great but the location was so pretty with the fairy lights and I can imagine a great place in the summer for al fresco dining and people watching.

By this time my feet were getting a little sore and my shopping bags were weighing me down. I decided to head back to my room and freshen up before heading out to see my first ever Broadway musical. I had attempted on previous visits to obtain tickets from the Tkts discount booths but was always put off by the long queues so this time I made sure I booked tickets in advance prior to arriving in New York. Being a huge Disney fan ever and loving seeing Lion King in the West End in London, I decided to go see Aladdin.

I have to say it has to be one of the best musicals I have ever seen. The costumes were incredible and the group dances were spectacular. The star I have to say had to be the actor James Monroe Inglehart who played the genie, his energy was infectious and really took the character into his own. There really are not enough superlatives to describe this musical and I urge you to go see it. I guarantee you that you will be coming out happy, smiling and singing all the songs. It was such a magical way to end my first proper day in New York.

If you like this post, I will be posting day three here soon.

Linda x


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