New York on Sunday

Monday, April 27, 2009

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
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:
- 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
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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