United States

Departing New York

We were up early today (5am) as we had an early flight to the Cayman Islands at 8:50am. We checked out at about 6am and got a city car (quite flash large suburban vehicle – all leather) to the airport – cost $55 + tip.

The trip in the city car took about 35 minutes – I guess in any sort of busy time this could be anywhere up to 2 hours.

Another mild day in New York – not cold.

So we went to check-in and I mistakenly booked my ticket under the name “Chris Crowe” and not “Christopher Crowe” and the check-in person said that security may not accept that!

So we went to security and tried our luck and when the lady asked Pam’s name she said “Pam” instead of “Pamela” and I said “Chris” instead of “Christopher” and we got through with no problems.

Through security – Body scan – had a similar thing in New Orleans when we went though security there but this one was a Body scan as they had photos that show what their machine shows. Pity the poor person looking at bodies all day.

The flight is on time as far as I know and soon we will be boarding.

Last meal in New York

After walking for a lot of blocks about 30 up to Times Square and back down towards our hotel were going to go to a place to have BBQ next 35th and 6th Avenue. We found the place but they had a wait of 20 minutes so we cancelled that and ended up going back to 7th Avenue – 6th was looking a bit dodgy.

The place was called Mustang Harrys and it was a bar + restaurant. The place was quite busy but we got a seat very easily with most people watching the game on the screens all around the bar.

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We ordered a spinach and onion and cheese dip with corn chips for a starter and shared that and also a full rack of ribs to share.

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The dip came out hot and was very nice, we could have probably settled it there but then the ribs came out with a dressed potato and a huge amount of coleslaw.

The ribs were very tasty and dropped off the bone with a simple flick of the fork (probably a bit overdone).

Overall very nice food. We ordered a couple of beers from their huge menu of beers – no indication of cost.

Mine was nice but later found out $10 per glass and Pam’s was $8 per glass.

All up about 75$ including Tax (not tip) – the beers were $28 + Tax for 3 glasses.

A walk from our hotel to Times Square on a Saturday night

My god – there is a lot of people here – far too many for me but Pam likes them.

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Just across the street and down about a block from our hotel – there was a Ice Hockey game on last night against the Rangers (Local Team) and XYZ – the Rangers lost!\

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Hi Line Walk

The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. It is now the non-profit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to make sure the High Line is maintained as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy

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Some photo’s I found of it

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Lots of people walking the 1 mile path.

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Some funky buildings along the way – residential apartments

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Some older buildings in the area as seen from the High Line walk.

After this walk we found a bar (tired feet) and went in for a drink. Buy 1 get 1 free. Sounded good as we have missed this after New Orleans. Well two Heinekens were $16 but I guess we got 4 for that price. It was a locals place and was pretty noisy. We stayed for about 40 minutes and then caught a taxi back to the hotel.

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TV in the back of the Taxi drivers seat – I guess it saves you looking out the window at the other taxi’s everywhere.

A walk around Bryant Park on a lovely warm day

Bryant park is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 42nd street

Here are some older photos I found of Bryant Park and what was originally the Croton Reservoir.


1899 overhead view of the Croton Reservoir


View from early 1900s


Post card from 1937

and now

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Taxi’s are everywhere!

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Quite a nice place to rest in the busy city – heaps and heaps of tables & chairs to sit at.

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People relaxing in the park including me

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Some nice old architecture and the end of spring…

Street vendors selling his wares

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I bought a hat from him.

Some street food in New York we have tried + other New York foods

New York Cream Cheese Bagel, all of the bagels in this place are hand rolled and fresh. It is called Best Bagel & Coffee on 225 West 35th Street.

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Pam had a Raisin and Walnut with plan cream cheese, I has an Onion+Salt + Garlic bagel with cream cheese and vegetables (Red + Green peppers).

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The American hotdog – these range from $1 to $2 for the same thing.

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Drummer in New York playing with nothing but Pots & Pans and buckets.

While walking along 7th avenue near 42nd street we came across this guy playing with pots & pans and buckets.

Amazing what you can make with your moms kitchen stuff!

Drummer in New York playing with nothing but Pots & Pans and buckets.

A simple dinner

We went Japanese tonight for Dinner (in fact we did last night as well at the same place)

The place is called KobeYaki and it is really good. Last night we dined in and tonight Pam picked up some takeaways and bought them back to the hotel after shopping.

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The burger which was great is a Kobe Beef Burger with Kobe Beef, Teriyaki onions, Teriyaki ketchup and carrots + cabbage on a brioche bun. ($8.97 + Tax)

The salad was a pepper crusted seared tuna, avocado, edamame, romaine lettuce, kaiware, cabbage, cucumber, carrots, crispy noodles, creamy ginger dressing ($9.66 + Tax)

Overall a great dish and great burger and great dinner.

A visit to Lower Central Park

We caught the #1 subway from South Ferry to Columbus Circle and exited and entered the park – or tried to. Lots of Black men trying to encourage you to take their bikes or bike tours. The tours were very expensive at about $70 per person per hour.

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Some local birds, and other animals in the park

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Some other pics in the park

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