Saturday, June 17, 2017

New York, NY

With so many iconic spots throughout New York, there was one left to take mum to - Central Park.  We started the morning walking down to the Flatiron Building, just because I wanted to see it.  Then we walked over to the subway on 23rd St & Park Ave and caught the subway up to East 86th and walked around the Upper East Side (where Drew and Erica lived for a year) before seeing the Guggenheim Museum and The Met as we entered Central Park.  We walked forever, directionless, through the park.  To the Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Fountain & Terrace and eventually to near Central Park Zoo, even though I thought we were on the west side of the park at the time.  The more we walked, the heavier the rain got, until all of a sudden we were near the middle and stuck under a tree for shelter.  After about 40 minutes, we decided it was not going to let up, so we made a run for it over to 5th Avenue and eventually got an Uber back to the hotel.

Bethesda Fountain, Central Park, New York, NY

The rain lasted another hour or so, and with most of the day still to go, we Ubered back to Central Park.  This time starting on the west side, near John Lennon's Dakota building and Strawberry Fields.  With no agenda we walked aimlessly around the park, yet still managed to end up near the south-east corner - at the Plaza.  We zigzagged our way back down to Times Square and then sat on the Red Steps and watched the world go by for another hour.

Times Square, New York, NY

We got back to the hotel in time to get changed and walk 2 blocks over to biricchino for dinner.  We had a wonderful last New York meal in this old school Italian restaurant.  We were in relatively early, but by the time we left, the place was hopping.  Was a great end to Mum's first New York visit.

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