Top of the Empire State Building, Central Park & Luna Park @ Coney Island

Adventure #3.3 : New York (Manhattan & Coney Island), Wednesday 29th June 2016.

Our first scheduled stop of the day is the Empire State Building, so we take the subway and, when we exit, we find a square where a dozen different food trucks are parked.

Broadway Bites
Broadway Bites

The Empire State Building is surprisingly not packed with people so instead of taking a ticket to come back later in the evening, we go directly. It’ll be day-view this time! In the end, there is actually a little bit of queue to get to the 86th floor, but they found the right way to pacify the people : free Wi-fi ! Which everybody seems to be using to pass the time…
We definitely do not regret coming here, the view from this height is really fantastic. It allows us to have a better understanding of how Manhattan is made. This city is really dense!!

NYC view
NYC view
NYC view
NYC view
NYC view
NYC view
NYC view
NYC view
NYC view
NYC view

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NYC view
NYC view
NYC view
NYC view

Selfie @ Empire State Building Selfie @ Empire State Building

As we get down, Simone, the ever-observant, shows me the singer of Blink 182 getting up in one of the elevators… Surprise !!

Once out, I take a frappuccino (with coconut milk ummmm) at Starbucks (there is probably one Starbucks every 10 meters in New York… It’s also one of the only place where we have had reliable wi-fi…) as we go back to the « Broadway Bites » in Greenley Square Park where Simone get a dish of pasta from the « italian » foodtruck…

We feel like we have exhausted everything that was on our to-do in Manhattan list, so are next and last destination is Central Park. We have already seen a bit of it yesterday but we’d like to explore the place a little bit more. We decide to take the metro for the « middle » of Central Park, on the 81 St. Obviously we took an « express » train by mistake and arrive two dozen streets too far… oopsie ! But it was worth it, we are greeted (on the 81 St) by a heavenly spot !

Central Park
Central Park

Here, people are perfecting their tan on big rocks (people and turtles, as it happens!), prevent their children from bathing in the water, or raw small boats. We even saw someone with a dinosaur costume (but he was too far to take a picture…)

Central Park
Central Park

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Central Park
Central Park
Central Park
Central Park
Central Park
Central Park

Central Park

After taking a little break here, we get back on our feet with the help of an icepop (which made my teeth green, so classy !!!) and end up at a big fountain. Under the bridge, a group of young people is playing music and singing, it’s really nice.

Central Park
Central Park

Fortunately, a little further we find long benches under the shade to rest our feet a little! We really need it both, but some small health issues make my rate of physical recovery is quite mediocre and it starts to be hard to move on…

But the landscape helping quite a lot, we walk to 5th Avenue where we stop to eat a little further, at the terrace of a restaurant called « Burger Heaven » where I had yet another veggie burger (it is my self-proclaimed mission to test the veggie burger every time it’s on the menu).

Simone really wanted to go see Coney Island, so that was our next stop. I had seen that it was pretty far away, on the south end of Brooklyn, but we didn’t check how long it would take to go there. It so happened that it was a very long ride… At some point, Simone started to get restless (I’m reading Game of Thrones on my Kindle, so I don’t really care) and worried that it would really take too long so we decide to stop at the next station to get back to the apartment instead of going. But… Surprise ! The next stop is Coney Island, and we can see Luna Park from afar. The sun is lazily setting down, Simone is happy like a kid to be here, the place smells like the beach, it’s total heaven.

Coney Island
Coney Island
Luna Park @ Coney Island
Luna Park @ Coney Island
Luna Park @ Coney Island
Luna Park @ Coney Island

The walk to Luna Park only takes a few minutes and we are now convinced that the subway ride was worth it.

Luna Park @ Coney Island
Luna Park @ Coney Island
Luna Park @ Coney Island
Luna Park @ Coney Island
Luna Park @ Coney Island
Luna Park @ Coney Island
Luna Park @ Coney Island
Luna Park @ Coney Island
Luna Park @ Coney Island
Luna Park @ Coney Island
Luna Park @ Coney Island
Luna Park @ Coney Island
Luna Park @ Coney Island
Luna Park @ Coney Island

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Luna Park is just by the boardwalk by the beach, we kind of feel like we’re on the Jersey shore, not a few (long, alright) minutes away from Manhattan !

Coney Island Beach
Coney Island Beach
Coney Island Boardwalk
Coney Island Boardwalk
Coney Island Boardwalk
Coney Island Boardwalk
Coney Island
Coney Island
Coney Island
Coney Island
Coney Island
Coney Island

So we hang around until nightfall, we each buy a shirt (Simone happily walks out of the shop with a Warriors shirt, of the movie of the same name that takes place here and brings back happy old memories to his mind), and it’s time to get back to our Brooklyn room !

Coney Island Station
Coney Island Station

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Coney Island Station
Coney Island Station

[Tonight it’s Chicago’s turn! Simone booked us a great hotel he got with a discount, so we can be in an awesome place for my birthday*]

*I had initially decided we would spend my birthday in New York, which was kind of the dream city for me. Simone being the coolest husband in the world, he let me have this whim without even a shrug. But when we made the itinerary, the fact that we had to be in NYC on the 7th of July was a real problem and prevented us from going too far, and so we couldn’t go to Detroit nor Chicago. It also made the trip very expensive, be it because of roundtrips between New Jersey and NYC, or accommodation in NY… So I let go of the idea and it’s much better that way!

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    neha

    Although I live in the other part of the world, yet I am so fascinated by central park. I have heard so much about it in movies and articles. And your post just reaffirms all that, I will definitely visit here one day. Also, the view of new york city from the top is so fantastic.

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