2013-10-09
Today we set off on the subway to High Street station in Brooklyn. It's only about a two minute walk from there back to the Brooklyn bridge, which we then walked across. Upon our return to Manhattan we came across break dancers performing shows for the tourists which we stopped to watch. They were most spectacular and threw in more than the occasional joke. When they were collecting money from the crowd, they would stop when they came across the foreigners and ask where they were from. Upon learning that we were Australians, they proceeded to hop like kangaroos for us. Far more polite than when the Frenchman replied "oui"...

We bought a New York Pretzel (very salty) and headed down to South Street seaport, to find cheap tickets for a Broadway show. We ended up with half-price seats to Romeo and Juliet, starring Orlando Bloom.

Continuing on foot, we wandered down Wall Street, stopping in to admire Tiffany's and photographing the New York Stock Exchange. By then it was time for a cuppa at a nearby Starbucks, before catching the subway down to the Staten Island Ferry. We avoided the various tour operators and found a Visitors Information lady who informed us that the Ferry ride was free and that with the National Park closures, the ferry would be almost as good. So, that is what we did. Unlike the Sausalito ferry, there was no slow down and near pass... The ferry runs pretty much continuously and takes around 25 minutes one way. They make everyone get off at Staten Island, but we were able to go around and re-board for the return trip. Both ways we had an escort. For the return trip this was a coast guard boat complete with whopping big machine gun on the bow. Every now and then, New York reminds me of an injured animal ready to pounce should someone try and attack it again...

We returned home via the Westside Market, which has been the source off our ready to eat fresh foods. The range of salads and hot foods provide an easier alternative than attempting to cook in the minuscule kitchen and a cheaper and healthier alternative to eating out all the time. After dinner, we dressed up and went down to Broadway to see our show. The theatre itself was stunning and the show was very good. We decided to have a celebratory drink, but the Champagne was ridiculously priced and we settled for a glass of red wine each, instead. Much to our amusement, it was served in commemorative plastic cups with lids and straws!

All in all, I feel like we ticked quite a few of the tourist boxes today, but also became aware that there is so much to see and do here that a lifetime probably is not long enough!