Start spreading the news. After a 35 year gap, we returned to the amazing, vibrant, bustling city of New York.
But this time we didn’t bus it from the airport after lengthy delays and stay at the grotty YMCA. We sailed into New York Harbour on a luxury cruise boat, moored on the Hudson River at Pier 88 and walked, yes walked, to our apartment on Broadway! Yes, our teaching friend from Murray Bridge days, Mary Sayers, lives in an apartment on Broadway, opposite the Ed Sullivan Theatre and within sight of Times Square.
What a fantastic location to experience New York! Sleeping on Mary’s sofa bed by night, we were able to take advantage of all the incredible things on her doorstep.
Central Park was only a stroll away so we wandered down there a few times during our stay. It is such a wonderful place to have in the middle of New York.
Some of the highlights of our visit:
- Travelling around New York
- Visiting the World Trade Centre site
- Wall Street, the bull statue and surrounding streets
- Watching the street performers
- Catching the Staten Island Ferry for a trip past the Statue of Liberty
- Being part of the audience for the Dave Letterman Show
- Italian dinner with gimlets with Richard and Jane (off the boat) and their daughter Carol
- Thai dinner with Mary
- Central Park
- Watching the ice-skating in front of the Rockefeller Center
- Site of John Lennon’s death and Strawberry Hills
- People watching
- Wandering the streets of New York
- Time Square by day and by night
- Living in the thick of it all!
We had a wonderful time in fresh Spring weather, only days after New York was hammered by Winter snow storms.