17.04.2010 - 19.07.2010 19 °C
The final stop on my trip up the east coast with Dad was New York. And it was everything I had heard and expected it to be - definately the most exciting and energetic city I have visited so far on my trip! The skyscrapers were amazing - in every direction, as far as you could see. And taking in the sights of New York is made all the more interesting by having to dodge the endless stream of yellow cabs that don't stop for pedestrians (but they might beep their horn at you if you're lucky!). Although I was a bit disappointed that the classic "Walk" and "Don't Walk" lights at pedestrian crossings have now been replaced with a white man and red man. Political correctness to the extreme!
Times square was only about 10 minutes walk from our hotel and we spent the first evening wondering around, but being constantly annoyed by ticket touts for the opentop bus tours. The first day or so we saw lots of the must-see sights I guess - Empire State Building, Ground Zero, Brooklyn Bridge and Grand Central Terminal. Development on Ground Zero has progressed a lot further than I realised and the photo below shows construction of Tower 1, the largest tower.
One of the highlights has been the trip up the Rockerfeller Center. We had a nice day and some amazing views, especially of Central Park and the Empire State Building.