Travel Journal – New York, Day Two (and Happy Birthday to Me!)

Hudson River

I woke up today excited at being in New York and also dying to stretch my limbs after that long flight. As our apartment was situated so close to the Hudson River, I decided the perfect way to start my birthday was with a run by the river. I’ve always loved running in other cities, it’s such a great way to get to know the place, and I couldn’t ask for a better place to run than by the river with the Statue of Liberty in the distance.

When I got back to the apartment, J was awake and it was time for a shower and a change of clothes before experiencing my first full day in NY!

It’s an odd choice, but we decided to head to the 9/11 Memorial on my birthday. The twin fountains were incredibly beautiful and the names listed on the memorial brought home the incredibly tragedy of what had occurred and all those precious lives lost.

Twin Towers Memorial I

Twin Towers Memorial II

Twin Towers Memorial III Chin

A fellow Chin had died at the site which gave me a strange feeling and caused my heart to go out again to all those who have lost loved ones here.

Brooklyn Bridge

After visiting the Memorial, we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge (which was a lot longer a walk than we had reckoned on!) and found our way under the bridge to the famous Grimaldi’s where we joined the queue outside for some well-earned pizza. We took a cue from the other diners seated close by and flavoured our pizzas with lots of yummy dried chilli flakes.

Grimaldi's

The rest of the afternoon was spent chilling out at the beautiful Central Park.

Central Park

Central Park I

Central Park II

J had planned a couple of surprises for my birthday which, due to pesky reservations and the like, he was forced to postpone to the next two nights after the actual day so we spent the night drinking cocktails at The Little Branch, one of New York’s secret bars before finding our way back to The Garage for some lobster ravioli and live jazz. Cocktails in New York are so incredibly cheap and dangerously strong – we couldn’t stop ordering them wherever we went! In Perth, the cocktail is an art form in itself – it could take at least 20 minutes and a list of complicated ingredients resulting in a very yummy, usually sugar-heavy cocktail that’s big on creativity and maybe a lot less so on alcohol. Perth cocktails have really raised the bar for me but New York cocktails prove that simple, strong and cheap have a lot to recommend for itself!

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