Our hotel was superbly placed, on Broadway, beside a subway station, and half way between Central Park and Riverside Park alongside the Hudson. We enjoyed walking in both of these parks. We bought 7-day Metrocards which enabled us to ride all subway trains and local buses, so we could get anywhere across the city with ease – and boy, how we used that facility!
We visited many well-known monuments and many others not so well-known, such as the indoor garden in the Ford Foundation building. Some buildings had beautiful interiors, e.g. the reading rooms of the New York Public Library or the art-deco foyer of the Empire State Building. We visited Ground Zero and the moving displays at St Paul’s Chapel, the nearest church, which ministered to the rescue workers and families who lost loved ones for 9 months after the disaster of 9/11. Nor far from there, we saw the Raging Bull of Wall Street – a splendid sculpture.
I thoroughly enjoyed the ferry trip to the Statue of Liberty and then to Ellis Island, the gateway to the USA for hundreds of thousands of immigrants from 1892 till 1954. Since I had 3 ancestors who entered the USA through that gateway in 1902, 1905 and 1906, that was a fascinating visit.
We bought lovely salads or sandwiches in delis and ate picnic lunches in parks around the city. You do not have to look very far for healthy eating in New York – contrary to initial concerns! Our dinners let us sample cuisines common in the city – American (of course), Italian, Cuban and Turkish, complete with belly dancing! One was in a pizzeria off Times Square so that we could see that area with all its spectacular lighting at night.
Discover the real New York on our New York City Walking Holiday.