The main entrance of Grand Central Terminal is on 42nd st. One of the skyscrapers that is right next to the station is the Chrysler Building. The architecture around the city was amazing, with so many old buildings mixed in with all the new and modern skyscrapers. These pockets of smaller intricate buildings really draws you in and obviously Grand Central Terminal didn’t disappoint!
You walk in and those chandeliers greet you as well as the US flag, before you hit the main concourse where you look up and see the mural constellations. As well as an Apple store and restaurants at the station. We headed down to the subway, but first we went to the Whispering Walls. Due to the domed intersection of walkways you can whisper to someone corner to corner because of the arches. David is demonstrating this in the below picture, honest he is not going for a pee!
We got on the subway getting off at Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan side and walked to Battery Park. For our tickets to both Liberty Island and Ellis Island, we purchased the NY city pass and it was so straightforward to use at all of the attractions. Before hopping on the ferry we had to go through security, my bra set the alarm off and I had to be frisked. It was super sensitive as the couple behind me also beeped when walking through!
We then hopped back on the ferry and headed over to Ellis Island, to the immigration museum. We decide to go for the guided tour of the museum and would recommend doing this if you ever visit! The guides really bring it all to life.
A little clip of our ferry trip:
After so much walking we were in need of some food, so we walked up West Street towards the one World Trade Center. We popped into the Brookfield Place shopping centre to grab a bite to eat before heading to the subway. We saw a lovely sunset across the Hudson River over to Jersey City!
Day 4 - 18/09/2019
We decided to take things at a steadier pace. We casually made our way to the ‘Vessel’ based at Hudson Yards. On route, the Empire State Building seemed to be shining in all its glory, we went into B & H Photo and video retailer. Walking in we were blown away by the amount of equipment in the store, as well as the way in which the items get to the kiosk. It’s a bit like a Currys PC World mixed with an Argos. We purchased a few camera accessories and a couple of other items.
Once we got to the Vessel it was glistening in the light with its honeycomb-like structure. We took a little rest, sitting on a wall I went live on Facebook to check in and let people know what we were up too. We headed over to the monument and got a qr ticket by going to the necessary website and booked a 13:30 viewing time slot. We had 20 minutes to spare, so quickly perused the shopping mall and then checked out the train yard.
We headed back into the mall after we finished and enjoyed a lovely lemon tart with drinks to re-energise after all the stairs. It was a divine experience.
We made tracks back to the hotel via the reebok store on 5th Avenue. Walking pass Penn St Station and the New York Public Library. Dropped our shopping off at the hotel and then heading back out to an evening at the Rockefeller Center.