Monday January 14, 2008.
This was going to be my last day of this 3 days trip so I wanted to make as much of it as possible. I was up and ready in the early morning. I got all my things together, checked out of my room and had my baggage soted safely.
My original goal was to go visit Concorde G-BOAD at her temporary location at Floyd Bennet Field down Flatbush + Nostrand Avenue in far distant Brooklyn. The last news I heard is that she was not being properly taken care of with even a shattered cockpit window so I wanted to go and see what the reality was. I had someone at the hostel call the museum but who ever answered the phone said they were closed on Mondays. I will have no chance to see her this time.
Like the day before, I had bought a subway/bus pass for the day at the hostel's travel shop. The weather forecast was for snow but there was no snow on sight. It was cloudy and cold but dry. I walked outside and across Amsterdam Avenue to 103rd Street and then down Broadway back to my favourite café for breakfast.
The place was busy with people on their way to work. There were a lot of take our orders. I sat at the counter and ordered breakfast which I ended with my favourite thing: that big slice of cheesecake with coffee.
They do have some good pastries in that place, always freshly made and delicious.
After breakfast I took the bus down Broadway and made some shopping stops. I wasn't going to take back the usual tourist items. First, I bought some dried fruit.
My second stop was at Zabar's, at the corner 80th Street & Broadway. I love Zabar's!
This is definitely a great place. I do not know any equivalent over here. I bought a stack of New York Sharp Cheddar cheese. This place has every imaginable cheese from around the world, and not only cheese. They have got lots of other specialty and gourmet foods from the world over.
Then I walked a few blocks down to get me to Fairway Market to buy some yummy Vermont maple syrup. Taking pictures at Fairway was literally impossible. This is another fabulous place with lots of great foods but the space is very tight. This is their website to give you an idea.
I hopped again on the M104 down to 66th Street. My stop this time was right across from the Lincoln Center.
I wanted to get the season's programs for the different theaters.
The New York State Theater: home of the New York City Opera and New York City Ballet (left side building), the Avery Fisher Hall: home of the New York Philharmonic (right side building) and last but not least the Metropolitan Opera House (in the center), the famous "Met" home of all the world's greatest Opera performers all through the years. Tthe Met moved to its current home at Lincoln Center in 1966.
This is the Met outside with the theater hall inside:
After I had picked up all my brochures and programmes I walked down to Columbus Circle (59th Street) on the edge of Central Park. I wanted to check out the Warner Center which I had seen from the bus the day before.
I have never been in there before. This is quite a piece of architecture and property and is owned by Time Warner. The place has shops, spa and health club, restaurants, condominium apartments, a hotel (Mandarin Oriental) and office space. Amazing!
I had only a couple of hours left to go around the city. I wanted to go down to Macy's to get a couple more little things to take home. I already had the other goodies to carry and take home so my shopping in the famous department store was going to be limited.
I hopped back on the bus right outside the Warner Center only this time it was a different line. On my way, I went through Times Square with its colourful neon lights and signs that are on even during day time.
I got to Macy's, rushed to the section where I could find what I needed and I was right out. The sale was on with some good discounts but I did not buy anything more than what I needed. I am sure there was some great deals but I had no time to look.
Before going on the Subway for a quick ride back to Uptown Manhattan, I took a peek at the Empire State Building and said goodbye to this bustling neighborhood.
I had to go back to my temporary residence to pick up my baggage and hop in the Subway again. I had to get to JFK
to check in for my Singapore Airlines late evening flight back to Frankfurt. Time runs too fast, especially in a great city like New York.
There is no city like New York City!
This ends Part 4 of my trip report: A Visit To NYC To See The 3 Cunard Queens.
Part 5 will come soon with the flights back home.