Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Day 18 US, 08/07, NY Sightseeing bus

Times Square was close to us. So, so busy with people.



There was a big screen set up by Revlon. The screen displayed a camera view of the crowd and we were among the crowd, but I think another day I will show you us. The camera zoomed in on an attractive couple, or family and asked them to kiss. We did see a couple kiss, but you had to be quick. The photos would later appear online for those who wanted to look.



While amused by the big screen, R was approached by one of the many touts for one of the hop on hop off bus tour companies. Two days travel for around US$60, another two days added as a bonus, free entry to The Museum of the City of New York and a hop on hop off cruise down the Hudson River to the west, into New York Harbour, up the East River and back. The ticket was pretty good value, we thought.





We decided to orient ourselves by using the bus to travel uptown towards The Bronx. There was always a guide to give a commentary as we travelled and our first one, perhaps just for effect, pronounced New Jersey, the state across the Hudson River, as New Joisey. I am sure that was not his natural accent though. Look at the queue of kiddies waiting to get into Shake Shack.


It is hard to remember some of the things we saw now.




I think this is the entrance to the oldest subway station, in Harlem.


The late John Lennon's apartment block, the apartment still lived in by Yoko Ono.




The Cathedral of St John the Divine. Controversially the church has built a brand new apartment building next door, with the apartments costing millions. As I said to R, well the Catholic Church does have a lot of upcoming expenses to pay.


It think within the small park is a memorial to someone from the Civil War era. Later, I remembered what it is. This is Ulysses S. Grant's tomb in 122nd Street. I had written Richard E. Grant.


View over the Hudson River to New Jersey.


These fire escapes have been added to many New York buildings, our own flat block included.


Duke Ellington.


We decided to leave the bus at the eastern side of Central Park to visit with our free pass, The New York City Museum in Fifth Avenue. After some lunch, and the delicious cool within, we wandered around and saw a brilliant fifteen minute film on the history of New York. I'd love to see it again.



A couple of terrific posters, which I thought rather sum up New York. I posted on FB that we were in New York and Sister correctly described arriving in New York is like being slapped in the face.



This dolls house, viewable with different rooms on all sides, was created by Carrie Stettheimer and left incomplete in 1935. Friends with some famous artists, they painted miniature art works for the walls.


Back out into the heat and humidity. We wanted to cross Central Park to get to the nearest subway station but the park was very up hill, down dale with curving and confusing paths. I did my best to get us directly across the park with offline maps on my phone but R became exhausted and we had to stop to rest. We really could not appreciate Central Park under such trying conditions.








We arrived at 103rd Street and descended into Hades. The heat was shocking. I thought London's Tube stations were bad enough. We bought a Metro Card each for $1 and put $20 on each. It did not seem to matter where you travelled on the Subway, it cost $2.75. There may have been a transfer option but I could not be bothered finding out about it. I had checked a little in advance and knew the A or C train would get us back to the Port Authority, although maybe the A train did not stop at this smaller station. The subway stations of New York are, let me be kind, practical. The trains are air conditioned though and at times I thought, I will just stay on the train, rather than face the heat of the subway station.



We rested until dinner time, when we went to the nearby Beer Authority rooftop bar for dinner. You can have any sport on tv you want, as long as it is baseball. We decided we needed to do things in the day a bit earlier to avoid the heat and not try to do too much.



Later edit: Businesses at Times Square are penalised if they have insufficient electronic signage.

26 comments:

  1. You've taken some great shots of the big apple. The humidity/heat sounds a bit too much. I hope it didn't detract too much from the enjoyment of the trip.

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    1. Marie, the heat did really slow us down. At home we are used to heat and don't go out in it if we don't have to, and never for very long.

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  2. Wow.
    What a busy day.
    Love those posters, and the views of Central Park.
    Heat? Bleah. Humidity? Double bleah.
    Smiling at your comment about the Catholic Church's planning ahead for expenses...

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    1. EC, I though my church remark may have been too subtle, but clearly not.

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  3. Raking it in, are they, the Catholics, for the court expenses to defend priests who mess up kids. Always thinking in green, those Catholics. But they put on a good show for sure in adornments and ceremony. Times Square looks very commercial and astounding!

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    1. Strayer, I don't know your laws, but here the church is not responsible for parish debts, including compensation. So far it has not come to being tested, as far as I know.

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  4. You were busy, you got some great photos and saw a lot .
    Central Park looks good.
    Merle...........

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    1. Merle, it is a lovely park and so important to NY.

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  5. You saw the late John Lennon's apartment block *happy sigh*!! There is probably not a child of the 1960s who wouldn't give his/her eye teeth to pay their respects to the beloved singer.

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    1. Hels, I felt a little pang when we stopped outside, even though The Beatles were a bit before my era.

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  6. big cities create their own microclimate. I am sure this is true of NY?

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    1. I expect so Carol. So much heat by air con and vehicles, and subway trains must be generated.

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  7. I think, were I to go to NYC, it would be in early autumn when the air is cooler and crisper, and the rains haven't begun in earnest.

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    1. Jac, that would be very wise.

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  8. It may be a hard/harsh place to live, but your photos show a very colourful city. I liked seeing the mounted police and that laser light show is awesome.
    Central Park looks a lovely area, they should have maps showing the ways through it at the gates, like we do here in Adelaide for our Botanic Gardens.

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    1. It's very colourful River. In Central Park there are maps at various places but your sight lines can be very restricted, it is quite bushy in places and there are so many different paths, and it is huge.

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  9. It seems like life on steroids. Central Park looks nice and something of an oasis. Given the heat and humidity it sounds like you over did it and wine o clock should have been brought forward!

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    1. New York was certainly life on steroids, Craig. Our time there was not. We did what we did when we could and at our own pace. Doing anything outside seemed to result in us overdoing it. Some of the world really does have climatic extremes.

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  10. I saw your Haarlem station pic and was going to make a clever comment about taking the A train, but then later I saw that you DID take it! Looks like a fascinating place that's probably the complete antithesis of the Aussie Outback!

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    1. Red, it is in a song, I think. Can't recall which one. Yes, you could not get a more extreme difference.

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  11. You packed a lot into your day. I enjoyed the buzz of NYC but I wouldn't want to live there. I believe the apartments are very tiny. The buildings in time square are empty they get their revenue from the billboard owners.

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    1. Diane, you are about the third person to use the word buzz in reference to NY. Our flat was a good size, but generally I think they are quite small. Interesting about Times Square. I didn't know that.

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  12. Time square...looks lovely then on the other hand it's messy with all those signs up there...that's me though..
    You had a busy day, the flowers look really lovely in Central
    Park, pity it was hot day but you can't control the weather..

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    1. Margaret, both messy and mesmerising.

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  13. Yoko Ono drove through (well her driver did) when we were there. We had to step aside so the doorman could open the gates. We were gobsmacked as we realized who it was.

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    1. Jackie, she really is a person I would step aside for as I expect she would drive over you at the drop of a hat. That must have been pretty exciting. Did you wave?

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