We did at least another 10 mile (16 km) walking day yesterday.
We started off by taking the subway from where we're staying in Washington Heights to New York Penn Station. From there, we walked to the Hudson River, trying to find the High Line Walk. This is an old raised railway line that has been turned into park space and a walking path. It runs about a mile.
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The High Line Walk.
They're doing construction at the north end of the walk to extend it, so we had a little trouble finding the entrance. But we found it, and even on a Monday morning it's become a popular tourist attraction!
Construction at the north end of The High Line Walk.
Great idea somebody had. Turn an old railway line into park space! lots of interesting views along that one mile section.
Huge apartment blocks.
And lots of interesting architecture.
And lots of people. We decided that we would NOT want to do this walk on a busy day.
A few "interesting" sculptures along the way!
Our goal after finishing the High Line walk was to head over to the Brooklyn Bridge and walk to the half way point for the view back at "the city". It was quite a ways to go, and we ended up a bit in circles trying to find the entrance to the pedestrian walkway due to more construction in that area. We walked under the Municipal Building, when we should have gone right beside it. Close, but not quite! This led us about another half mile out of our way, and we ended up having to ask a few people how to get back there!
The Municipal Building.
Lots of people out enjoying the day. It was a nice sunny day, but the high was only around 46F (8C) so it was a little chilly.
And the north skyline of Midtown Manhattan. the Empire State Building on the left, and the Chrysler Building on the right.
From there, we found a telephone and got in touch with Jon, another couchsurfer who we had contacted but who wasn't able to host us this time. But he offered to show us around a bit and we wanted to take him up on his offer. We agreed to meet at 5:30pm, and that gave us time to take the free Staten Island Ferry! Taking the ferry gives you great views of the entire New York City harbour, as well as the skyline and the Statue of Liberty. A must see for any tourist! Did we mention it's free?!
Statue of Liberty at dusk.
Lower Manhattan skyline at dusk.
By the time we finished the ferry, it was pretty much time to meet up with Jon. It gets dark now around 5:30pm, and so our walking tour with Jon was at night. That was fine, and he brought us around Wall St. and explained about a lot of the older buildings in the area. Jon has lived in New York City for about 40 years and is very knowledgeable about some of the history and buildings. And, he was in lower Manhattan when the twin towers came down on September 11, 2001. Speaking of which, you can see in the picture immediately above that the Freedom Tower (tallest building on the left) is almost complete.
The New York Stock Exchange building.
Chinatown at night.
Jon, telling Ruth a story about this restaurant.
We went to Mighty Quinn's BBQ joint for dinner. We are eating out a lot on this trip! But, great food and reasonably priced at $34 for the three of us. Can definitely recommend this place for BBQ ribs and brisket.
We were exhausted. Took the subway back to the apartment and it was 10:00pm stayed up talking to our couchsurfing host Ike and he gave us some more tips about what to see today. We've got the Letterman show taping this afternoon, and we're meeting a couple of our blog readers for dinner, so much of the day is already planned. But a visit to New York wouldn't be complete without Times Square...