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E is for Empire State Building

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One of the most famous images in the New York City skyline is that of the Empire State Building and of course I wasn’t going to visit the great city without a trip up to the top of the building to view the spectacular views.IMG_5015

The state of New York is nicknamed the “Empire State” which is where the building got its name from.

One thing to note when you stand out like a tourist in the area of the building which sits between 350 Fifth Avenue, between 33rd and 34th Streets, is firstly don’t stand out like a tourist.

We did and ended up buying tickets from a vendor who promised us an avoid the crowds ticket, plus and this is the main thing, a trip to the Statue of Liberty. We snapped these up as we were still to do the boat trip to Liberty Island. Our nice young vendor informed us that the boat would stop and allow us to walk around Lady Liberty ( no it didn’t – it drove straight past it) – Oh darn!

We did however get a fast pass entrance to the lifts and scaled the eighty floors up to the viewing platform.

I could have stayed there all afternoon as the views from the platform were immense. It literally took my breath away as having a great view of all of the buildings in the same visual picture.

The building has played a part in  so many famous films. Not only does it feature greatly in King Kong, Sleepless in Seattle and Elf but also in The Amazing Spiderman, Shaft, Friends with Benefits and Percy Jackson to name but a few.

 

 

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B is for Bagels, Blisters and Brooklyn Bridge

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One of the best things about New York is the bagels that are on sale at most street vendors that are scattered around on most corners within the city.photo

Prior to visiting last summer, I had never ate a bagel…..ever.

On my third day there I visited a typical New York diner and ordered yourself a bagel with cream cheese and grape flavoured jam. Wow, I had died and gone to bagel heaven. Anybody visiting NYC has to experience the New York bagel, and I guarantee that you’ll never east anything that comes to close to it once you leave the city. The Tesco “New York Bagels” failed in comparison.

Spending five days sightseeing each day with a 6:00am start and finishing some fifteen hours later meant that I was not prepared for the blisters that surfaced after the first day.

I cannot stress the importance to anybody reading this who will be visiting NYC for the first time to make sure that you invest in some decent footwear.

I ended up with my feet in bits, and purchasing expensive trainers at the Nike shop not minding how much I paid to feel like I was walking on air, instead of hard concrete. One thing you can guarantee when visiting the Big Apple is that you will walk……a lot. Look after your feet and bring comfortable trainers with you, or be prepared to buy some when you are there like I did. The price of them wasn’t too bad and the staff at the Nike shop were ever so friendly, and very knowledgable about their products.

Finally, a must do when visiting the city that never sleeps is to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.

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We got the subway into Brooklyn and therefore walked across it from Brooklyn into Manhattan. I was advised by a friend who had lived in NYC that this was the best way to view the city. Boy was she right!  IMG_4861

 

 

The Bridge connects two great New York City boroughs: Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Whether you walk it, bike it, drive across it or like me just admire it at a very slow pace. One things for sure, the Brooklyn Bridge soaring over the East River is one of New York City’s most famous routes, both for tourists and New Yorkers.

 

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