New york, the big apple… A quick wright up from a one week vacation i had there in August. This city is so awesome! I have already started calculating how many organs i can live without, and still be able to go here one more time ( Anyone who needs a kidney or an arm?) 😉
First up,when traveling from Norway, you really need to keep your eyes out the window when passing Greenland. There is just so many scenic views there. Glaciers, drift ice and fantastic enormous mountains. Didn’t take any great shots of it unfortunately, so i just leave you with this snapshot. And have you ever wondered why they don’t fly “in a straight line” When flying from Oslo to New York? It seems unnecessary to fly over Greenland ? Well, the earth is round, not flat 😉 Check out this link (in Norwegian)
Besides just wondering around soaking in the big city life, there are the “must see” sights. Lets start of with Rockefeller center. On the GE building is the Rockefeller center observation deck. 70 floors high, 3 viewing decks, and a 360º city view.
I chose this over the Empire state building, mainly because of the big lines at Empire (Several hours from what i heard). But also because the great view you get over Central park, that you don’t see from the Empire state building.
And from Rockefeller center you also get to see the Empire state building, witch you don’t from the Empire state building 🙂 Behind you also see the One World trade center (Freedom Tower), and the statue of Liberty on Liberty Island. (Click to view larger)
One great experience is to get on the water and see the city skyline, bridges, statue of liberty etc. You can use the free Staten Island Ferry (Info: http://gonyc.about.com/cs/freestuff/a/aa012902.htm), or do what i did. I chose the Harbor lights cruise from Circle line. Just go all the way west on 42’nd street, and you arrive at Pier 54. The Harbor lights cruise starts at 19.00, and ends approximately 21.00. You then get to see the skyline, bridges, statue of liberty etc when the sun sets (Recommended tour!)
lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn bridge illuminated by the setting sun
Domino Sugar factory on the banks of Williamsburg (East river). Loving these old abandoned buildings. They are so photogenic! This building was actually the largest sugar refinery in the world at one time. employed over 4,000 workers and processed 3 million pounds of sugar a day. In 2004, after nearly 150 years of service, the factory shut down due to a steady decline in demand.
Statue of Liberty. This was actual a (small) disappointment, compared to how big everything else in New York is. I had a vision that this statue was extremely large, and its “just” 305 feet (92meter) total.
And then to something completely different. Eating and drinking! I can recommend 4 places from my experience. Johns pizzeria (260 W. 44th Street) is hard to spot, and doesn’t look that special. But when entering, its lots of activity and people. Some waiting time (As almost anywhere that’s popular), but they have a bar you can wait in. Great pizza! Then its the Olive garden smack right in the middle of Times Square, and the Red lobster at 7’th avenue, between 41’th and 42’nd street. But the restaurant you definitely have to visit in New York, is TAO restaurant at 42 East 58th Street. The visit to TAO was alone worth the trip to New York. The food, the atmosphere, the service etc was top notch. Probably my best restaurant experience ever! Don’t miss TAO if you go to New York!
I was afraid that I had to be without my favorite beer, wheat beer (preferably German) the hole trip to New York. But i discovered “Blue Moon”, a Belgian-style Wit-bier. Tasted real great, especially with bite of orange 😉
These guys drove down times square several times a day as if it was an emergency, only to stop a little farther down the road, so people could take pictures with the firemen 🙂
861 feet high, the Trump World Tower was the tallest all-residential tower in the world briefly, prior to the completion of the 21st Century Tower in Dubai
SoHo. Known for being the location of many artists’ lofts and art galleries, and also, more recently, for the wide variety of stores and shops ranging from trendy boutiques to outlets of upscale national and international chain stores.