Saturday, 30 January 2016

USA (New York City) Itinerary - Day 3: Union Square, Joe's Coffee, ABC Kitchen, Madison Square Park, Flatiron Building, Wall Street, Statue of Liberty, DB Bistro Moderne, Times Square

Union Square and Joe's Coffee on this bright lovely morning. The weather was prefect on the third day of our trip and all our pictures looked awesome against that clear blue sky. It was truly such a beautiful day! One of the best weather we experienced in New York.

ABC Kitchen for brunch. Another amazing meal. We ordered so much food and washed everything down with wine. It was perfect, aside from the fact that the lady at the next table was making all sorts of hand gestures and tsk-ing each time I snapped a picture of my food. I guess I live up to the stereotype of Asians taking pictures of food? But frankly, I did not understand her distress since I was clearly not bothering her when I took pictures of my food! I was rather annoyed initially but made up my mind to ignore her. After a while, I started to feel pity towards her. I mean, she must be a really sad soul to spend her entire date checking me out instead of speaking to her partner. I barely heard a conversation from her table through the entire meal! How sad. On the other hand, I was having a whale of a time digging into our delicious brunch paired with moscato.

35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003, United States

Madison Square Park and Flatiron Building. I love this area so much! The streets were lined with warm cozy cafes, people were out with their dogs, sitting around, enjoying the warm sun. There was a happy, laid-back vibe. Maybe it was the good weather? But I really enjoyed my time at Madison Square Park. 

Strand Bookstore for an amazing variety of books.

Wall Street, the concrete jungle where dreams are made of, and a thronging crowd at the Charging Bull.

Took the Staten Island Ferry and enjoyed the view of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty from the ferry. A tout, who was trying to sell the Statue of Liberty cruise, stopped us from entering the Staten Island Ferry Terminal and insisted that we should head for the other terminal if we "wanted to see the Statue of Liberty" and that we should trust him because he was "from around here and knows better". Word of advice - if you do not intend to take the Statue of Liberty Cruise, just walk right into the Staten Island Ferry Terminal and do not be swayed by the touts. The Staten Island Ferry is free!

Magnolia Bakery. The guys braved the crowd in the narrow bakery to bring some brownies, pies, and tarts back for us. The lemon tart was memorable!

Rockefeller Center 1240 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020

We tried to get tickets to Top of the Rock on Rockefeller but failed to do so because the queue was so crazy long and the earliest slot was 10:30 pm! So much for online reviews which said that there was no need to reserve tickets online since tickets are readily available at the Rockefeller counter!

Trying to find something to eat in mid-town and decided on DB Bistro Moderne for the Original DB Burger with foie gras in a thick beef patty and Grilled Salmon on green beans. 

City Club Hotel, 55 W 44th St #1, New York, NY 10036, United States

Times Square at night with its bright dazzling lights and insane crowd. There was literally a sea of people in Times Square and so many tourists on the red steps! Of course we had to join in. There was a giant Revlon billboard in the heart of Times Square where the "Love is On" campaign was going strong. Essentially, a crowd of people gathered in front of a camera and tried to get themselves into a heart. Those in the heart were supposed to kiss. We squeezed ourselves in for the fun of it. I have to say that being squashed in a crowd was the perfect way to stay warm on a cold spring night. 

Empire State Building lit up at night. It was truly a perfect day.

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