Would you like your Big Apple baked or fried?

It’s summer time in New York city and it’s been hot, hot, hot!!  But we’re trying our best to enjoy the heat, because in a few days we’ll be in the middle of a New Zealand winter, brrr!  We drove from Niagara Falls on Wednesday to our hotel in Queens.  Umm, word to the wise…  Don’t stay in Queens!  Not sure where you should stay in New York though, it’s a whole different world…

A day driving - boring for some, fun for us!

A day driving - boring for some, fun for us!

We passed a bit of a "milestone" - 4444 miles and counting!

We passed a bit of a "milestone" - 4444 miles and counting!

Hmmm...  Not what usually comes to mind when you think of New Jersey...

Hmmm... Not what usually comes to mind when you think of New Jersey...

Welcome to Queens!  The sign says "A pedestrian was killed crossing here".  Nice.

Welcome to Queens! The sign says "A pedestrian was killed crossing here". Nice.

On Thursday we put our tourist hats on and spent the day on one of those new fandangled double decker bus thingeys.  It’s a great way to see New York, especially if you’re too lazy to walk, like me.  Highlights of the day included spending a couple of hours of quality time in the Disney store (yes, I know they have those in the UK, but this one was amazing!), seeing the progress of the new World Trade Center memorial site, seeing the gorgeous old Brooklyn Bridge, realising that Manhattan is really quite huge and generally riding a bus around all day.  Oh, and driving over the Manhattan bridge at night, just in time to see an incredible fireworks display over the Brooklyn Bridge.  Awesome!

Grand Av Subway station.  The New York subway system could learn a thing or two from London's underground, but it seemed to work for us.

Grand Av Subway station. The New York subway system could learn a thing or two from London's underground, but it seemed to work for us.

Times Square!

Times Square!

Unlimited Advertising...

Unlimited advertising...

...and unlimited traffic too!

...and unlimited traffic too!

The Fuller Building, nicknamed the "Flatiron Building" because of its shape, is 22 floors high and was built in 1902.  1902!!

The Fuller Building, nicknamed the "Flatiron Building" because of its shape, is 22 floors high and was built in 1902. 1902!!

A nice fountain in City Hall park.

A nice fountain in City Hall park.

Even the squirrels seem somehow sinister in New York...

Even the squirrels seem somehow sinister in New York...

I'm on a bus!  And so are they!

I'm on a bus! And so are they!

On Friday it was back to Manhattan to tick a couple of major boxes – the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building!

Manhattan downtown as seen from the Staten Island Ferry

Manhattan downtown as seen from the Staten Island Ferry

The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty

Lady Liberty a little closer

Lady Liberty a little closer

I'm on a boat, I'm on a boat, everybody look at me, 'cause I'm sailing on a boat!

I'm on a boat, I'm on a boat, everybody look at me, 'cause I'm sailing on a boat!

Nathan's hot dogs are really popular.

Nathan's hot dogs are really popular.

The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building

Nice view from the ESB, including the beautiful Chrysler building.

Nice view from the ESB, including the beautiful Chrysler building.

It's a long way down!!

It's a long way down!!

Hey look, this picture is self-captioned.  :)

Hey look, this picture is self-captioned. 🙂

We have only one more day remaining of our epic USA road trip, so I think it’s appropriate that we’ll be spending it driving and watching NASCAR racing!  After that we’ll be on a plane and heading back to New Zealand.  Keep an eye out for one more blog post, but it might be a few days away.

Thanks for coming with us on our journey, it’s been fun!!

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4 Responses to Would you like your Big Apple baked or fried?

  1. Andrew Ping says:

    Which race, and where?

  2. Lyn says:

    I see something coming down the ESB….thought you might be bungy-ing off it Tracey!

  3. Andrew says:

    Queens? What in the world led you to stay there? It has its nice parts too, mind you (Astoria’s a decent neighborhood), but really, there’s not much going on there. Only reason I’ve ever been to Queens is because the best Thai food in the five boroughs can be found in Jackson Heights. MoMA lived in Queens for a couple of years while it was under renovation, causing a lot of tourist traffic there, but otherwise, Queens is largely residential. Personally speaking, I stay with friends when I’m there, but if I didn’t, I hear there are some cheap & cheerful hotels up around Spanish Harlem (perfectly safe these days) where you can get good rooms for under sixty bucks a night (that’s good for Manhatta), and you’re close to major subway lines downtown. But yes, New York is nothing like the rest of the States, and the rest of the States is nothing like New York. Good thing you saw the rest of the country before you saw NYC– most often tourists see it and make the mistake of thinking the rest of the country is just like it.

    I once had the pleasure of catching the Labor Day fireworks from the promenade in Brooklyn Heights while munching a divine grilled cheese sandwich from a street food truck and surreptitiously passing the hip flask around. I’d highly recommend it.

    Nathan’s is a classic– going to Coney Island, the original Nathan’s, and walking along the boardwalk with fried clams and cheese fries while the wind blows in off the Atlantic is one of those things you gotta do. Even if most of the rides are now closed. Afterward, you can go to Brighton Beach, soak up the culture and haggle with old Russian ladies over the price of schnapps bonbons.

    Empire State’s impressive. It’s just a shame (well, more a tragedy, but you know what I mean) that the WTC is gone. Standing outdoors on the viewing platform, with nothing above you but sky, and the harbor at your feet, the wind whipping your hair, it felt like you were flying out there. And to think that a man actually went tightroping walking between the two…

    Sounds like you had a helluva time. Have a great time in the Poconos (nice part of the world) watching roundy-roundy (I’m a Northerner– to us, NASCAR appears to be the South’s punishment for losing the Civil War is never being allowed to see a race car turn right) and a safe and relaxing flight home. Thanks for taking us along!

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