Trip through Uptown, Bronx and Cruise
It was a little hard getting up early on a Sunday but we did it. On the bus by 8.00am and off to Uptown through Upper Westside, Harlem and The Bronx.
On the way we came across Central Park West and the sights and sounds of a busy park.
Manhattan seems to be a place where many movies and television series are filmed. The Museum of Natural History was a setting for Night at the Museum. This museum is popularly known as the Dinosaur Museum as it has the largest collection of dinosaur bones in the world.
There was plenty of evidence of movies being filmed on location.
I was interested to come across The Julliard School in New York as one of our Queensland Academies was loosely modelled on this institution.
Along the way we came across the Dakota building which fronts Central Park West where Yoko Ono still lives. This is a very desirable address. John Lennon was shot dead outside the building.
Travelling north of Central Park we entered Harlem which is a far more gentile neighbourhood than we expected. Apparently in the last twenty years, in line with the rest of New York, it has become a very law abiding place. We were amazed at the lines of worshippers snaking around whole blocks awaiting entry to Gospel Churches.
We crossed over the bridge to the Bronx, home of Yankee Stadium.
The new Yankee Stadium seats 50,000 and is located across the road from the old Yankee Stadium that seated 58,000. The Yankees success in the early 1900s was largely due to the legendary Babe Ruth who was a pitcher but a better known hitter.
On the way back to Midtown we stopped off at the Guggenheim Museum. Of particular interest to David was the retrospective in the Sackler Gallery of arguably the greatest American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. His drawings for the Usonian house and pavillion which he build on the site were on display. These buildings were dismantled in 1954 and he designed the Guggenheim to be built on the site in 1958.
We had a longer visit to the Metropilitan Museum of Art which has absolutely fabulous collections from around the world. We had our first American hot dog from a vendor at the bottom of the stairs. An interesting take on what we know as the hot dog.
We travelled back through 5th and 7th Avenues. Lots of interesting sights along the way.
We travelled back to Times Square where we learned some of the history of the dropping of the ball at midnight. Each New Year this spectacular is viewed by more than a million people in the rather small square. The very first in 1904 was to celebrate the opening of the Metrorail (subway).
The photo below is of the one of the original 27 subway stations and this one oddly enough was above the ground.
Next stop was the Circle Line Cruise from Pier 83. This was a two hour cruise which went past the Lower Manhattan skyline, Ellis Island where millions of immigrants got their first experience of the US, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and around to the United Nations Building. We started out on the top deck but by the time we arrived at the United Nations, it was so chilly, we abandoned our top spot and headed below to warm up.