Day Ten - Top of the Rock

For reasons which escape me, the owners have scheduled two appointments to view where we’re staying today so Jane took one for the team and stayed back.

I met Max and Jack at Grand Central before heading over to the Rockefeller Center, where Jack and me went to the observatory. It’s pretty hard to take a back photo from that high and with that view.

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Kids were protesting loudly about climate change which is good, I guess, but it’s pretty ineffectual.

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Food out at an Italian wine bar up the road. Food was very good.

Home by 8pm. Come 830pm there was a storm with lots of lightning but no thunder or rain. [Edit, as I was typing this the thunder and rain arrived - in abundance].

Day Six - Food in the sky

Two big trucks arrived for the Divorce shoot at the end of the road. A show with Sarah Jessica Parker, apparently.

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The plan was to go to MoMA but then we decided to go and have lunch on top of One World Tower down at the World Trade Center site. Below is the WTC Memorial.

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Had a 10/10 coffee from a chain called “Joe”. You can read about them on their website over at; https://joecoffeecompany.com

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We bought the tickets for the observatory before having a wander round.

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See below for the obligatory photo of the Empire State Building.

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After the taking of way too many photos we went to have lunch on the floor above the observatory. I had pork chops and Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner (if you were wondering).

Day Two - Food, Ice Skating, Impossible Burger, New York Public Library, Central Park

Woke at 6am and couldn’t sleep. Minus six outside, but it feels like… well, the cold can do one.

Did yet another shop to fill the fridge with things.

We are staying here (the ground floor, and basement).

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Walked in the opposite direction from the house towards the Hudson River.

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We came across the Riverbank State Park so we got a coffee and watched some of the competition that was going on.

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Got the 1 train down to 42nd Street. I guess it was a sleeper train.

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The Empire State Building was constantly hiding behind other buildings.

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A nice lunch at Bareburger. I had an Impossible Burger (a magical vegan thing that tastes like meat). I asked for a white coffee and was told; “We don’t do white coffee, but I can bring you a coffee and some milk.” Well, erm, okay?

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After lunch Max went to explore and Jane and me headed up to New York Public Library.

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We ambled up towards Central Park and there was a lot of fireman activity, but no sign of anything wrong.

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Trump Tower was awash with police presence and concrete bollards. It’s nice to be popular. I thought I would enjoy my First Amendment rights (though, they may not apply to non-Americans, and may not cover flipping the finger towards buildings). Still.

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Central Park looked nice in the snow (but then again it’s looks nice in all seasons). Back on the one train back to the house.

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