Our rental car during the first part of our trip – in Illinois (accompanied DH on a work trip). It was quite crazy for us to adjust to left hand drive. Everything was all over the place!
This was the start of our holiday! First stop – NYC. Bryant Park was a nice place – and I liked how there are parks right in the middle of one of the world’s busiest city.
A spot in the park for people to play board games. Nice!
Our first time in Times Square. In my opinion – as how it is seen in the movies, but not as glamorous and slightly over-rated.
Made it up to the Rockefeller Tower – suppose it was nice, but it was quite a hassle to go up and down. If we go back to NYC, highly doubt we would come back here – unless maybe with the child(ren).
nice view of central park
We were pretty hungry after that, so we went to search ourselves some nice seafood. 🙂
Our hotel was right next to Grand Central Terminal – which is pretty convenient.
I have a gripe about the train station system in nyc. As you can see from above, the sign on the top left indicates subway 4, 5, 6, 7. As a foreigner and total stranger to this city, now is that line number 4, 5, 6, 7? Or is that a subway platform 4,5,6,7? or is that subway stop number 4,5,6,7???? And again, if this was the correct way to board the subway, you mean I need to take a separate shuttle to connect myself to the subway? Frankly, we have had an easier time manoeuvring the trains and subways of Tokyo than NYC – and Tokyo is supposedly more complicated (as claimed by Westerners) and further, the signboards in Tokyo are NOT in English. The above signboard is in friggin english, but makes no sense to me. Seriously, america, (as we say in “Singlish”), wake up your idea!
I mean, I’m definitely sure the locals totally get this subway/train station, but the signboards are SERIOUSLY not user-friendly nor tourist-friendly! (kinda like finding platform 9 and 3/4 to Hogworts!)
Taking the courtesy photo in front of Macy’s.
We possibly went to NYC at the right time – it was summer sale everywhere!!
Our damage on the first day 🙂
Some random park we passed by after Macy’s
That night, we went to watch a show on Broadway – called Kinky Boots. It was pretty good – great comedy, great storyline. But not sure if it was worth SGD480 for 2 pax.
This was at Totto Ramen – supposedly one of the better ones in nyc. Not quite suited to our tastebuds though – far too sweet for our liking. Much prefer the ones we have back here in Sg. Surprisingly a pretty long wait. At 10.30pm, we still had to wait about 20mins before we were seated. We had one of the ramens below. Call me judgemental, but which proper ramen shop uses pepper in their ramen??? Sorryy, this cannot be authentic.
Day 2 shopping damage – love the variety in nyc. obviously not the cheapest prices for european brands, but definitely more variety than back here in Sg.
Outside the famous Plaza Hotel.
Blue Note is supposedly one of the good jazz places in nyc. All I can say after this is – jazz music is definitely not my cup of tea.
The meatpacking district at the High Line. Nice area for a stroll in the evening.
Trying out the panoramic function on the iPhone5 for the first time. not too bad.
Some nice looking seafood at Chelsea market near the meatpacking district.
All in all, we did enjoy the trip to nyc and would most probably come back for shopping. But next stop should be Italy & France for branded goods.. lol