4 September - New York
I walked to a local shop and brought some breakfast back to the room today. It's Sunday and we took our time. The weather was on our side and it was in the mid 20s and very pleasant. We headed out late morning and walked to Grand Central Station. We caught line 6 uptown two stops and then attempted to catch another line one stop west to a station adjacent to Central Park. That's where we first went wrong. The signage wasn't good and we were not sure which train to catch, and yes, we caught a train going east. We quickly realised the error and hopped off at the next station which was elevated quite a way. We saw a train coming back the other way and watched it, expecting it to come to where we were standing. Nope. It went under us. By the time we realised we needed to go down one level to catch a train in the other direction it was too late. So we waited for the next one. It came along and figured it would take us back that one stop and then the one stop extra we wanted to go to. Nope. It was a different line sharing that station and took us back to Grand Central. Oops.
Second time around it went to plan and we went two stops north and one stop west and ascended to ground level adjacent to Central Park. We took a very pleasant 45 minute tour with Roger and were pointed out various points of interest and taken to places for photo opportunities. We saw the Dakota Building that John Lennon was assassinated in front of. It is opposite the west side of the park. We saw a lake you can hire row boats on. We saw a lake where you can hire radio controlled sail boats and compete on. We saw patches of exposed bedrock that they use to build the skyscrapers on in Manhattan, and much more.
We had lunch at a nearby food hall and then caught a train to Times Square and had a little look around. even in the daytime it is lit up with screens everywhere you look around and above you. The images are super high definition and some of the screens are huge. It was so crowded that it was difficult to walk around. We went to a nearby tenpin bowling centre to check out the pro shop but they didn't have one. It was more like a really large Strike, set up for partying rather than competition We'll try again elsewhere tomorrow.
We walked about eight blocks down to a large department store and did some shopping till a bit after 6 pm. Halloween costumes are already in store. We caught a train rather than walk back to Times Square, and had a light meal at the Hard Rock Cafe. None of us were really hungry. We caught the shuttle from Times Square back to Grand Central and walked back to the hotel.