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.
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. Itâ€™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 timeâ€¦
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!!
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 Yorkâ€¦ Itâ€™s also one of the only place where we have had reliableÂ wi-fi…) as we go back to the Â«Â Broadway BitesÂ Â» in Greenley Square Park where Simone get a dishÂ 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 !
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…)
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.
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 eatÂ a little further, at the terrace of a restaurant called Â«Â Burger HeavenÂ Â» where I had yet another veggie burger (it is my self-proclaimed mission to test the veggie burger every time itâ€™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 didnâ€™t check how long it would take to go there. It so happened that it was a very long rideâ€¦ At some point, Simone started to get restless (I’m readingÂ 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. Butâ€¦ 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, itâ€™s total heaven.
The walk to Luna Park only takes a few minutes and we are now convinced that the subway ride was worth it.
Luna Park is just by the boardwalk by the beach, we kind of feel like weâ€™re on the Jersey shore, not a few (long, alright) minutes away from Manhattan !
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 itâ€™s time to get back to our Brooklyn room !
[Tonight itâ€™s Chicagoâ€™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 thisÂ whimÂ 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 couldnâ€™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 NYâ€¦ So I let go of the idea and itâ€™s much better that way!