Monday, April 27, 2009

New York on Sunday

View from 25th floor of the Beekman Tower
.
Took a yellow cab from Brooklyn harbour to Manhattan.
Too early to check in to the hotel.
Had a reservation to hotel
The Beekman Tower
3 Mitchell Place
1st Avenue at 49th Street

- been there before, in June last year
Left the suitcases and
went for a cup of tea to Starbucks.
Actually was supposed to go for Sunday Brunch to
Waldorf Astoria
but after all that food in the Queen Mary 2
didn't feel like eating,
and the weather was so gorgeous
that wanted to stay outside.
.
49th Street, near the hotel
...
Walked along Madison to Madison Square Park
Madison was partly closed for the cars
because there was a "March for the Babies" happening.
In New York there's always some kind of
group happenings, demonstrations etc
.
Madison Square Park
.
...
Passed the Flatiron Building and continued on Broadway to
Union Square and finally to SoHo.
Visited Dean & Deluca
560 Broadway
- if you can't find something there you simply don't need it!
- fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, pastries, cakes...
- didn't buy anything, not even a cupcake
&
Prada
575 Broadway
.
Prada flagship store
.
- the prices were almost double compared to European prices
- didn't buy anything from there either
...
Made a reservation for Tuesday evening
at Brasserie Balthazar
80 Spring Street
...
and the walk continued...
To City Hall Park
.
Brooklyn Bridge
.
and from there to Century 21
22 Cortlandt Street
- time for shopping!
- has never really liked the place but this time found
2 beach gowns by Juicy Couture
...
Now the temperature had rised up to 92F!!!
...
Passed the Ground Zero
.
Construction works going on at Ground Zero
.
Finally started to feel hungry.
Walked to Battery Park
&had late lunch at Battery Gardens
.

Salad with grilled shrimps & avokado
& a glass of pinot grigio
- excellent choice!
- perfect location on a sunny afternoon
-a bit pricy but worth it
Ratings: 3,8/5

Battery Gardens
Inside Battery Park
opposite 17 State Street
. Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton
- funnyly in between the skyscapers
.
Now it was enough of walking!
Took metro line 4 from Bowling Green
to Grand Central
.
A proud bicycle owner at Bowling Green!
.
and walked to Gap on Fifth Avenue to buy some tops & t-shirts.
Didn't think it would be that warm in New York in April,
so wasn't really prepared for a heathway.
...
Time to go to the hotel & check in.
Got room 18B
- good!
It's important to have a room as up as possible
because of the noise caused by traffic.
Last time had room on 22nd floor and now on 18th floor.
.
Someone has a nice roof terrace
- opposite the hotel
.
Quick shower
- really good American shower, not like the Oras one onboard
and out for dinner.
.
Only one place in mind:
Mee
- excellent chinese food
- very simple, autenthic place, no table cloths,
Chinese staff talking & laughing loudly to each others
(or to customers - difficult to say!),
clientele consists of all kind of people,
always someone picking up take-away
Zagat rewarded
It's a must in NY
.
Mee
.
After ordering glass of water
and a pot of tea come automatically to the table
Had vegetable spring roll
- ok, quite basic
Fried rice with shrimps
- best fried rice! So tasty!
Portions are big here.
...
Bought some Chirardelli's chocolate at Morton Williams
and ready for sleep
.

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