New York City Tour

After a pizza+wrap lunch at the food court near the pier, we proceeded to Manhattan – the economic and cultural centre of the United States.

It was still raining cats and dogs so most of the photos we took were quite bad. 😦 Now that I am reviewing which photos to upload here, I can’t remember clearly what they are… All I know is, we were driven around the various sites in Manhattan: United Nations, Wall Street, One World Financial Center, Times Square and Rockefeller Center.

Charging Bull - a Wall Street icon

Charging Bull – a Wall Street icon

It was impossible to take a good pic of the Charging Bull due to the large number of tourists all waiting to feel and touch the bull standing in Bowling Green Park near Wall Street, the financial district in Manhattan. This sculpture symbolises aggressive financial optimism and prosperity.

One of the World Trade Centre towers

One of the World Trade Center towers

Ground zero - World Trade Centre site after 911 attacks

Ground zero – World Trade Centre site after 911 attacks

We went to One World Financial Center (WFC) which was across the road from World Trade Center (WTC) site to have a better view of WTC. The WFC was also significantly damaged during the 911 attacks, hence it was closed for several months for restoration.

Mount Sinai Hospital

Mount Sinai Hospital

Mount Sinai Hospital founded in 1852, is one of the oldest and largest teaching hospitals in New York. It is located on the eastern border of Central Park, at 100th Street and 5th Avenue.

United Nations Headquarters

United Nations Headquarters

So sad that we just couldn’t get a clear photo of the UN headquarters, which was completed in 1952.

Empire State Building (centre)

Empire State Building (center)

Again, Empire State Building was also covered in mist, and I thought this was already the “clearest” we could captured.-_-”  Anyhow, the Empire State Building is a 102-storey skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, at the intersection of 5th Avenue and West 34th Street. Our tour did not include a visit to the observation deck (main deck on 86th floor and top deck on 102nd floor), but consolation was it was bad weather to go up anyway :p

the vibrant Times Square

the vibrant Times Square

the vibrant Times Square

the vibrant Times Square

See the red "Tkts" sign near the traffic light? That's where you can get last minute deals to the Broadway theatre ;)

See the red “Tkts” sign near the traffic light? That’s where you can get last minute deals to the Broadway theater 😉

Times Square is a major attraction in New York City in Midtown Manhattan, at the junction of Broadway, 7th Avenue and stretches from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. Despite the rain, it was extremely crowded, no wonder they say this is the world’s most visited attraction. If you had not come here when you visit New York City, it simply means you didn’t really visit New York City. I hope to catch a theater next time I visit the city. 😉

Our last stop was to the Rockefeller Center – a complex of 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres between 48th and 51st streets in Midtown Manhattan. There is also an underground concourse filled with shops and restaurants from 47th street to 51st street, and from 5th Avenue to 7th Avenue. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

Rockefeller Centre

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Centre

Rockefeller Center

Radio City Hall - world's largest & most opulent theatre when it was completed in Dec 1932

Radio City Hall – world’s largest & most opulent theater when it was completed in Dec 1932

There is also an observation deck at 30 Rockefeller Plaza level 70 called Top of the Rock, admission ticket priced at USD27 for 1 adult. We did not do much here except window shop during the 1-hour free time.

After an afternoon tour of the major sights in New York City, I can now totally understand why it is one of the busiest and most happening cities in the world. To me, it was too city-like for my liking. Maybe if we had more time to explore and the weather was pleasant, it would have been a better experience for us. 🙂

 

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