Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Manhattan Madness

 Manhattan is totally awesome.
We have been blown away by our first few days in Manhattan. The sights, the sounds, the smells, it has been complete sensory overload. Our friend Mark from "Sealife" has been our tour guide taking us around the obvious sights – Times Square, 5th Avenue, Broadway, Grand Central Station, Central Park etc so we can get a feel for the place....later that evening in true cruiser spirit he took us to one of the cheapest watering holes in the big city – “Rudy's Bar and Grill” in Hell's Kitchen.....a district of Manhattan and not as we mistakenly thought – a Gordon Ramsey restaurant.! A $3 beer is quite a find. 
We took an excellent walking tour of Soho, Little Italy and China Town – who knew that many of the buildings ornate facades were built from steel?  We spent a lovely evening in the company of Mark and some fellow yachties eating Dim Sum in China Town and Italian pastries in Little Italy.
Little Italy - with Tristin Eatons mural - "Liberty"
The anchorage where Wandering Star is at 79th Street is a little less than ideal. The currents are incredibly strong – whizzing past so fast that the dinghy is almost impossible to hold by hand and always needs to be made fast to the boat.  We are too big for the moorings so decided to move 20 miles around to Port Washington on Long Island. Manhasset Bay is very boat friendly with transient moorings and free dinghy docks.  The town has all the amenities that we need and it is just a 45 minute train journey into Penn Station. We moved the boat on Monday back down the Hudson River past the Statue of Liberty and up the East River through the notorious Hell's Gate where the strong currents one point we were doing over 10kts over the ground.  We are now peacefully hanging off a mooring.  It’s been gray and wet so have decided to have a few days hanging out in Port Washington before we head back into the city for more exploring.

Hello from NYC

Times Square

The famous Radio City Music Hall

The Rockefeller Center- a National Historic Landmark

Grand Central Station....see the couple posing for photographs?

Grand Central Stations ceiling is decorated in beautiful constellations.

Sim posing 

Hmm See no evil, speak no evi...l and a couple of monkeys!

Trump Towers and a stop for a rest at one of the coffee shops

The Apple many tempting things

 The Plaza Hotel

I honestly did not know that Central Park was so pretty - reminiscent of a 
Monet painting - it has been one of the big Wow factors for me so far.

How gorgeous to have such a lovely park in the center of a city. 

I was totally awestruck by it and would almost be quite content if I didn't
get to see anywhere else....looking forward  to a picnic there on a nice day.

The Lennon Memorial...apparently the spot where he died.

Back in 79th Street Marina

Boys about town...Sim and Mark ready to rock the night!!

Manhattan by night

Its been so long since we have been out in a big city at night....we loved it! 

Soho cast iron district is a fashionable and trendy place to live

Down town Soho

Audrey Hepburn mural in Little Italy by Tristan Eaton
as part of the L.I.S.A - Little Italy Street Art

More street art in Little Italy
"Lisa - The Half Naked Princess" by Ozmo

"Temper Tot" by Ron English is supposed to represent 
a young and angry America

One of the few Speakeasy's in New York - 
An establishment that came to prominence during the prohibition 
that sold alcohol illegally disguised as chemists. Today trendy bars 
capturing the ambiance.

Downtown China Town.

Columbus Park on the outskirts of China Town - a diverse where local elders play 
chess at one end and the young play in the baseball courts at the other end.

Sim enjoying a slice of pizza in Little Italy

I opted for a square of Grandmas secret sauce recipe. - it was delicious

The anchorage at 79th Street in the Hudson River was pretty enough
but strong currents made us feel uncomfortable

Moving from the Hudson to Port Washington...going through 
the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges

What a view - how awesome is that?

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