Yet again (and for the final time) we awoke early and was out by 8am, as it was our last day and we were leaving that evening we decided to do all the things we hadn’t already done and try and get some good photos of the things that we did when the weather wasn’t so good.

The first stop was the ABC Studios a few blocks from our hotel, then on the way back a stroll through Central Park, I would have liked to get more photos of it from different parts but there just wasn’t the time left to spend too long walking around it.

New York 2006
New York 2006
New York 2006

At around 9.30 we got back to the hotel and put our bags into a room where they could be locked up and stored until we arrived later in the evening. Once that was taken care of it was out again, this time the destination was Lower Manhattan.

Statue of Liberty

We took the subway and arrived in Lower Manhattan. We’d been advised that it wasn’t worth going up the Statue of Liberty – and it was good that we were because the queue would have taken us longer than the Empire State queue.

Instead of taking the ferry across to the Statue of Liberty we decided to take the Staten Island Ferry Tour around the Hudson River – which took us around the island of Manhattan showing us the Brooklyn Bridge, World Trade site and Ellis Island (the island where the Statue of Liberty is). It lasted about an hour and gave us a look at the city from a different perspective.

New York 2006
New York 2006
New York 2006

After the ferry tour we walked around Battery Park and took some photos or it and a building used in Men in Black. After it was time to take the subway back up to 5th Avenue and walk around time square again to visit the Rockefeller Centre.

New York 2006
New York 2006
New York 2006

Rockefeller Centre

After the spectacular view from the Empire State Building the previous evening we decided to do the same during the day to give us what we hoped was another spectacular experience. Unlike the Empire State building we didn’t have to queue for hours (if we had to we wouldn’t have been able to go up).

Once we were up we weren’t disappointed with what we saw, the view was almost as good as at night, the weather conditions were slightly hazy but there was hardly a cloud in the sky. The view from the top was spectacular, seeing the city in both times of day from that high up was something I really wanted to do.

New York 2006
New York 2006
New York 2006

We did some last minute souvenir shopping once we got back down on terra-firma and again wandered around taking in all we could in the time we had remaining.

At this point it was time to leave, four days and not much sleep later it was all over, back to Charlotte.

There were 100 more things that I would have liked to do, New York is a great place and I loved every minute of it, hopefully someday I will return…