Sunset in Central Park
North America, Travel

Part Three of the Great New York Adventure

All the lights in Times Square

Back in April I visited New York to fangirl over Chris Corner visit a new country and continent. Here is a belated blog of my adventure. Because of the number of photos I’m splitting each day into it’s own post.

Part One 
Part Two

Day 3: High Line, Central Park and Times Square

The day started with a bit of a novelty; the subway was working. Sort of. It turned out there were still works taking place. It was very slow progress to Manhattan. 

Halsey Street Subway Station

My plan was to walk The High Line. This is an abandoned railway that has been converted into an elevated park that runs up the west side of Manhattan. Getting there proved a bit more difficult then expected as yet again the subway was playing up. Now I can see why New Yorkers rant about the MTA!

It also transpires that I’m a terrible member of the LGBT community because I managed to walk past the Stonewall Inn without realising!

High Line and Construction
Sign with Text: "YOU ARE WELCOME HERE - To our friends, neighbors, and visitors, we say: You are welcome here. No matter who you are, what you look like, who you love, how much money you have, what your religious beliefs are, or where you are from, the High Line is for you. Like many, we at Friends of the High Line are concerned about the divisive, hateful speech and actions we are hearing and witnessing across our country. While these feelings are not new for many, we recognize that this is a crucial moment to take a stand for what we believe is right. It is important that we do not become complacent in our missing to cultivate equitable and open public spaces that reflect and celebrate the diversity of our communities. Friends of the High Line is committed to reexamining and strengthening our continuing efforts to ensure the High Line is a safe and welcoming place for everyone. If you have any suggestions for how we can make this public space better, please send an email with your thoughts to info@thehighline.org - Friends of the High Line"
mural featuring three colorful Statues of Liberty. Between them runs the words, “I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door,” which is the final line from Emma Lazarus’s poem “The New Colossus,”
Building from the Highline with artwork and Rainbow Flag

The area around the park is being redeveloped at the moment, so the air was filled with the sound of construction. Along the path there is lots of public art.

IRONWOODLAND sign
New York Street from the High Line
Modern Curved Building

The High Line leads to Hudson Yards, a large tower block complex being built over some railway yards. 

"Vessel" and parked trains in the railway yards
Vessel

I must admit the ending of the High Line was a little disappointing, I’m sure it will be really nice when the Yards are finished, but at the moment it ends in the middle of a large construction site. 

Old Style Deli next to a much

I did consider trying to find the Empire State Building, but found myself being distracted by some of the more interesting buildings on the way.

Old Post office building - inscription reads "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" - There are also lots of Yellow Taxi's buzzing around
Empire State Building

Well that and Sephora… I was very restrained!

I caught the subway to Union Square, as nearby there was a Goth shop there called Gothic Renaissance. A short browse and then I treated myself to a Pizza in a nearby cafe. Rush hour was starting, so I thought it might be a good idea to walk to Central Park. I didn’t want experience the Subway at rush hour.

On the way I passed through Grand Central Terminal. The interior was beautiful but my photos didn’t come out.

Sunset in Central Park

I arrived at Central park just as the sun was starting to set. It was absolutely beautiful and strangely peaceful given the noisy and busy city around it.

With the sun having set, I walked the short distance to Times Square. It was the polar opposite of Central park. Crowds of tourists and huge advertising screens.

All the lights in Times Square
All the lights in Times Square
All the lights in Times Square

After the hubbub of Times Square, I caught the Subway back to the apartment. I had an early night because I wanted to pack for the flight home the following day. Also I was tired from all the walking I’d done. 

Addendum 

Aer Lingus Airbus at JFK

I received some bad news as I was getting ready to leave New York. Unfortunately a family member had passed away in the night. So that meant my final morning in New York was quite subdued. 

To finish with here are a couple of photos of the Apartment. I booked through Air BnB. Here’s a link if you fancy staying there

My Room, it's very green.
Artwork in my room showing a lady with crossed legs

I loved my time in New York. It is up there as one of my favourite cities. Even though it does feel like I’ve only scratched the surface. The city feels as though you could visit multiple times without going over old ground. I will go back one day to tick off a few more things (The Stonewall inn for example!). There is a rather interesting little Goth festival there too. 

I hope you enjoyed this series of posts. I’m planning a trip to California in the new year. Now if only a certain band would announce some tour dates… 

Over Newfoundland on the return flight.

xoxo

1 Comment

  1. Lindsey Puls

    I’m so glad you had a great time in New York! I’m still kicking myself for never walking the High Line! Your photos are fabulous.

    I am also very sorry for your loss. Sending virtual hugs your way. <3

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