Tom however, had a great night sleep and probably would have stayed in bed longer if it weren’t for me fussing around. Downtown was our first port of call in search of food and coffee while braving the awful weather. A couple of blocks down we came across Fulton Street, which was home to a massive shopping centre (which turned out to be a hub for all the subway lines). We went inside and discovered The Great American Bagel. Tom and I both ordered a scrambled egg and cheese bagel which was crazy good. You’ve got to get a bagel while you’re in the States! I thought the combo would be odd but oh I was wrong. IT WAS GREAT.
We ended up sitting inside for a while to both dry off and wait for the cappuccino that Tom has ordered. The woman making the coffee had to leave for a bit and the guy also working couldn’t work the “button-coffee” machine. He was super friendly, we got chatting to him and we didn’t mind waiting (there was wifi). When our coffee lady finally returned she was so apologetic, we had to laugh.
Our second day in NYC was an important day, my 26th birthday! I wanted birthday pancakes but unfortunately we could not find any in Battery Park so I settled on birthday baguette. Egg, avocado, spinach, cheese and lemon aioli – which was AMAZING. We then headed over to the docks to purchase our Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tickets ($18.50 for a single adult) WHERE WE QUEUED FOR AGES. But was worth the wait.
I think we spent our first few days queuing more than anything. We did a lap of the island and because our tickets didn’t allow us up the statue, we got bored pretty quickly and headed to Ellis Island. Later, birthday dinner involved heading to Little Italy where I had a seriously good lasagne.
The third day was busy and involved too much walking. We walked over the Brooklyn Bridge, something I have always wanted to do, which Tom commented that it was a “bit shit” and not nearly as good as the suspension bridge in Bristol. I liked it – the views were amazing.
In the afternoon we rode uptown, back into Manhattan, to visit America Museum of Natural History. Prior to the visit we were very eager to engross ourselves, unfortunately my cold had taken over by this point, so the last thing we both wanted to do was look at dead-stuffed animals and semi naked waxworks. We struggled on – as there were other sites to see. Eventually after walking for ages we reached the Empire State Building. I had looked forward to this the most as the last time I was in NYC it was too dark and snowy to see a single thing. We had picked the right time to make the ascent to the top, as it wouldn’t be long till sunset so we got some awesome shots and breathtaking views.