So we have had another couple of incredible days in New York and the past 48 hours have been such a hectic, fast-paced whirlwind of sight-seeing, exploring, soaking up some culture and of course eating I have decided to put day three and four together in one post so grab a cuppa and enjoy.
Day three started off with our, now what feels like, routine run around Central Park before getting ready to brave the icy winds and head out for another day in the Big Apple. First stop was the Museum of Modern Art which had been on my to do list ever since we arrived. We previously visited the Guggenheim on our last trip but the MoMA is a great thing to do if you fancy a leisurely morning of colourful culture and funky artwork and a reason to head indoors to warm your chilly fingers. In the afternoon we decided some retail therapy was in order so we spent a few hours diving in and out of shops, grabbing coffee as we went and getting lost in Macy’s and Bloomingdales. That night we put on our foam fingers and went to cheer on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. It was such a fun evening with the half time entertainment being as flamboyant and over the top as you would imagine – cheerleaders in spangly leotards, the tee shirt toss and the half court shoot out!
After another dreamy sleep in the biggest beds ever our Citizen M hotel we decided to check out the much recommended Sara Beth’s for breakfast and we were not disappointed. Possibly some of the fluffiest pancakes I have ever had I opted for the buttermilk pancakes with fresh strawberries whilst Rob had the cheddar and jalepeno omelette with pumpkin muffin. It was incredible and meant we were suitably fuelled for another day walking the city. We wandered south all the way down to the financial district to see the 9/11 memorial and gaze up in wonderment at the new Freedom Tower. It was a very moving and reflective moment of the day but something I would definitely recommend doing if you are visiting New York. On the way back we zigzagged through the West and East villages to check out a few boutique shops we had pinpointed to visit and just enjoyed a moment away from the hustle and bustle of midtown Manhattan. That evening we took advantage of the beautiful clear skies and crisp night and went to see the sun set over New York from the Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Plaza. As people skated on the ice rink below we whizzed up to the 67th floor and stepped out to this spectacular view. Personally I think the view from TOTR surpasses the sight from Empire State Building purely because you have the ability to see the natural beauty of Central Park to the north and then the concrete jungle of New York unfolding all the way South to the bottom of the island, with the Statue of Liberty standing proud in the distance. As the sun set and cast a warm amber glow over the New York skyline it was a breathtaking moment and one of my favourite memories of the trip so far.