Saturday, 16 June 2012

Day 17 - 15th June 2012

We got the subway downtown and jumped on the Staten Island ferry. I didn't realise until this week that Staten Island is pretty big and is part of New York and not New Jersey. The ferries run 24 hours a day, take 25 minutes to cross the bay and are free! It was a warm and clear start to the day as we sailed past the Statue of Liberty... more of her later.

We walked and walked on our return to Manhattan and ended up in Chinatown. We had a Dim Sum lunch, the contents of which were unclear - a very strange meal indeed, with weird flavours and colours! 
In the afternoon we took another boat trip, this time down the Hudson to the Statue of Liberty with a very informative guide.  We saw the newly positioned space shuttle and Concorde en route, as well as the quay where the Titanic was to have docked. 
After a wash and change, we walked via Grand Central station to have a few beers at a very trendy bar followed by a top steak meal.  And then we got high... higher than I've been before! We went to the observation floor at the Empire State Building - the 86th floor to be precise. The view at night is wonderful and it was a clear night so we could see 35 miles.
Tomorrow is the last day and we fly late in the evening. :-(

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