While I don’t think I will ever wear one, I understand why others wear those ‘I love NY’ sweaters now. New York is a pretty amazing city, far more so than I had expected.
We started early with breakfast (bagel and coffee) in Central Park. The park is just plain massive, you could probably fit the entire Sydney CBD inside Central Park at least twice. It covers over 50 city blocks North-South and about 5 large blocks East-West. We walked pretty much the entire length which took over an hour. You could probably walk in there for a week and not see all of it. There is a large lake in the middle, about 6 baseball fields, an ice rink, canals complete with gondalas, horse drawn carts and lots of joggers. It is still early spring here and it is already greening up, I imagine it would be even more beautiful in a month or two.
From the park we headed south checking out the Rockefeller Centre, Grand Cenral Station, Time Square and the Public Library before realising we still had 45 blocks to walk before hitting the south shore of Manhattan Island. We gave our weary legs a rest and jumped on the Subway to Ground Zero, the World Trade Centre Site.
While we are very sympathetic to the loss of New York, in particular the firefighters and other emergency services workers, it is hard to understand why rebuilding on the World Trade Centre site is taking so long and prolonging the grieving process. Almost 6 years on it remains a large whole in the ground.
From here we walked past City Hall (which you aren’t even able to approach let alone enter), down Wall St finishing our day with a Staten Island Ferry ride past the Statue of Liberty before returning North on the Subway to Harlem where our hotel is. Of course no Seinfeld fan’s trip to New York would be complete without a meal at Tom’s Restaurant, and while the interior is nothing like the set used on the show, the food made it worthwhile – great value.