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Day Five

The High Line, Brooklyn and the East River.

This was a day that did not go to plan. We had actually booked a Megabus to Philadelphia and were intending to go there for a day trip.We got to the Megabus waiting area half an hour early to ensure we got on. They don't have a bus station, so we just had to stand in the street. The sun was blazing down. I thought: 'Thank goodness we only need to wait half an hour'. A full hour later we were still waiting. Then a full hour and a half later - still waiting. I went to ask what was going on and was told the bus was stuck in traffic in a tunnel and would be another half an hour, probably more. We gave up. For a day trip it just was not worth it. We would have had no time there even if we did eventually get there, so we dropped Philadelphia and set about seeing more of New York. Sadly we had wasted a lot of time, were already quite sun struck and were desperate for a loo.

We began our unplanned day by visiting the Starlight Diner and having some iced coffee and water to cool down and re-hydrate. I loved this diner, and not just because it had a much appreciated clean toilet. It was also because it looked like every diner you have ever seen on American TV with its booths and friendly wait staff and huge portions of comfort food.

The Starlight Diner.

The Starlight Diner.

The Starlight Diner.

The Starlight Diner.

When we finally felt refreshed we decided to walk the High Line because it was nearby. The high line is a disused elevated rail line that has now been made into a park. Its just under a mile and a half long. It has plants, flowers, works of art, sculptures and view points over Manhattan. It also has some places to eat and drink and toilets near the meatpacking district end. We ate and drank in the very pleasant Terroir restaurant

Flowers cover the abandonned rails.

Flowers cover the abandonned rails.

Strange sculptures on the High Line.

Strange sculptures on the High Line.

Murals by the High Line.

Murals by the High Line.

Peter on the High Line.

Peter on the High Line.

New York across flowers.

New York across flowers.

New York across flowers.

New York across flowers.

New York across flowers.

New York across flowers.

The Terroir where we stopped for snacks.

The Terroir where we stopped for snacks.

This art stall made me laugh.

This art stall made me laugh.

At the end of the High Line we walked through the meatpacking district to the subway then took a train to Brooklyn and walked to Brooklyn Heights Promenade with its lovely views over Lower Manhattan. It was still incredibly hot and we were flagging a bit.

Manhattan from Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

Manhattan from Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

Peter on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

Peter on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

After we had had a look around the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, we headed down the hill to the Brooklyn Bridge Park. I must say one of the loveliest things about New York was its bridges. I loved the Queensboro Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, the Roosevelt Bridge and the Harlem Bridge. We took so many photos of the Brooklyn Bridge, because we kept ending up there. If we had had more time I would have walked across it, too.

Peter with the Brooklyn Bridge.

Peter with the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.

The Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.

From the Brooklyn Bridge Park we boarded the East River ferry and sailed up the East River to its last stop. It was quite a pleasant trip. When we got off at the last stop, we wandered off to the subway. We passed a lovely Armenian church and then had a lovely view of the Empire State Building. That evening instead of going out for dinner we just visited our local supermarket and ate in our room because we wanted to pack and get ready for our trip to Boston next day. After our experience with Philadelphia we were a bit worried about getting there by Megabus, but after a difficult start it all worked out.

The East River ferry

The East River ferry

Long Island City from the ferry.

Long Island City from the ferry.

The Armenian Church.

The Armenian Church.

A view of the Empire State Building.

A view of the Empire State Building.

Posted by irenevt 05:25 Archived in USA

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