I started the day off with a cream cheese bagel in the Starbucks underneath the Empire State building. I was in quite a good mood, since on the subway down an Acapella group started singing, which I thought was very entertaining for an otherwise boring ride down.
I had a walk up to the New York City Library after this which I very much enjoyed too. I even sat in the reading room and did some work – I’m trying to get some books completed as part of this trip – and I found the atmosphere completely relaxing, if a little cold.
I also went to the Hershey’s shop in Times Square and got a free Milk Chocolate bar using a voucher from my hostel and spotted this sign in the shop which describes me perfectly.
What followed this was a mammoth walk from Times Square all the way down Broadway to the 9/11 memorial.
On my way, I passed the Museum of Maths ($10 entry) and had a browse in their gift shop because I was feeling cheap and I was going to have a look in the Museum of Sex, but this remained particularly aloof and I was unable to find the building.
I had a lovely pizza in The Big Pizza Slice just on Broadway. It was delightful, though there are some cheaper – a few pizza shops do a slice for a dollar!
I then bypassed NYU. I have a confession that I am considering applying to do a journalism course here. It looked quite decent, though I have to admit that I’m not completely blown away at present.
After this I made my way down to the Memorial Square, bypassing Canal Street which I found funny because it’s also the name of the street of gay bars in Manchester; the city I went to university.
There was a sign I found funny too – warning of see-saws!
I finally made it to the Memorial Garden, a very poignant site. When I went to New York back in 2011, this wasn’t finished, so it was quite harrowing to see the two cascading waterfall pools which represent the building bottoms.
Though the One World Trade centre was covered in mist.
As was the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge, both of which I saw when walking around the tip of Manhattan island.
And finally I got to Wall Street, bustling with yuppies making their way home.
I wouldn’t recommend this walk – my feet are aching now. But I did get to see a lot of the city, and I passed an anti-Trump protest along the way.