Here is my post on New York City continued from Part 1:
The next day, my dad, sister and I got up and searched for a better place to have breakfast which was on the way to Lower Manhattan, where we would be spending most of our morning. We found a place on 23rd Street called Malibu Diner, which had many good reviews on Google, so we went there.
The food there was very good, authentic diner food. I got some delicious french toast with strawberries and blueberries.
After leaving the Malibu Diner, we walked back along 23rd Street to see if the Lego Store, which we had came across looking for Malibu Diner, was open yet. It was closed (it was quite early in the morning), so we took the R line Subway (one of the yellow lines) from 23rd Street station down to Rector Street, near where the World Trade Center (where we were to go next) is. We also saw the nearby Flatiron Building, which was built in 1902 and was one of the most famous landmarks in NYC.
One thing about the Subway that surprised me was that there are beautiful mosaics at many stations from when the stations were first built. At 23rd Street, for example, there are lots of mosaic hats on the walls.
When we exited the subway, we walked over to the World Trade Center complex and first visited the 9/11 Memorial. There are two very big pools where the original twin towers once stood, and plaques with the names of the victims of the 9/11 attacks (on September 11th, 2001) surround them. I felt sad and angry that such an attack had to happen.
Afterwards, we walked over to One World Trade Center, also known as Freedom Tower, which is a huge, newly built skyscraper with a height of 1,776 feet (541 metres). We then entered the building at the One World Observatory entrance because we had booked tickets to go up to the observatory at the top of the tower. I was very excited to see the views of New York from the top.
The three of us, along with many others, got into an elevator, which surprisingly took us straight to the 102nd floor!
We got out and watched a movie showing scenes of NYC, which opened up to reveal an amazing view of NYC from a height of 1,254 feet (382 metres). I found that a bit overwhelming, personally. Afterwards, we went downstairs to the 100th floor, where the rest of the observatory is, and continued to admire the impressive 360-degree views. You can see across the Hudson River to New Jersey, all of Manhattan (including a great view of the Manhattan skyscrapers), many of the other boroughs of NYC (Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island) and also the Statue of Liberty.
When we were done seeing the impressive views of NYC, we walked over to Chinatown, passing the famous Brooklyn Bridge, to have lunch at a restaurant called Joe’s Shanghai. It is known for xiao long bao, or soup dumplings. When we entered, we were sat at a large communal table because the place was crowded. We then ordered pork soup dumplings, as well as regular pork dumplings and cold sesame noodles. All the things were very good, including the soup dumplings, which have pork soup, which tastes a bit like a thin gravy, in them.
For dessert, we walked over to nearby Little Italy for some gelato from a street vendor. I got strawberry flavour, which was almost as good as Grom’s gelato. We then walked to Prince Street Subway station to take the yellow NQR lines back to our hotel.
Next, after relaxing at the hotel for a bit, we walked along 29th Street over to the High Line, a pedestrian walkway which opened in 2009 and used to be a rail line, on the West Side south of Midtown. Unfortunately, there was no entrance on 29th Street, so we had to walk one street down to 28th. The walkway, which was surprisingly crowded, had plants growing on either side of the footpath.
The three of us then walked down the High Line towards the newly reopened Whitney Museum, which displays contemporary and 20th Century American Art. I really enjoyed walking down the elevated walkway and passing alongside many buildings. We then entered the museum, which was also crowded, and saw many different works of art, a few about 9/11, and a painting from 1930 of a New York street called Early Sunday Morning by Edward Hopper. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture from the museum because I wasn’t sure if photography was allowed.
For dinner, we walked down Hudson Street, through the West Village, to a place called Cowgirl. The restaurant had a Wild West atmosphere, with cowboy-type décor. We were served with corn chips and a bean dip to start, and then our food came. I had ordered chicken enchiladas, which were very nice. The restaurant is family-friendly, by the way.
Finally, we walked to Christopher Street–Sheridan Square station to take the 1 line (one of the red lines) Subway back to our hotel. On the way, we stopped at the Lego store, which was open.
The next day, we did not do much, as we were leaving NYC that day. However, we did have a walk through Times Square. It was impressive, all the neon signs on the sides of buildings. We then had a nice breakfast at another diner, called Cosmic Diner. It was not as good as Malibu Diner, but better then the place we ate at the first day.
Afterwards, we walked back to the hotel and packed for our train journey onward to Washington DC. Finally, we walked to Penn Station, which was near our hotel, and got onto the train.
I had such a wonderful time in New York, and I feel like I did just about everything I had wanted to do there, from walking through Central Park and along the High Line to going up One World Trade Center and trying soup dumplings! The weather made it all the more enjoyable: it was sunny but not too hot. New York City certainly lives up to its reputation.