This is the second part of Exploring New York City. After spending a nice night at the Park Hyatt New York, I decided to walk down from Central Park to the tip of Manhattan island.. which took a bit over two hours. I left the hotel around 11:30 and made it to Battery Park at about 13:30 for the Statue of Liberty Cruise.
I first made a stop at Times Square where it actually wasn’t that busy, I don’t know if it is since it was still morning but there were significantly less people there than the day before, so I was able to enjoy it a little more than Saturday afternoon.
I simply walked along 5th Avenue all the way down to the tip of Manhattan Island and what I like is that every five minutes or so some cool building comes up, or some other landmark. You are basically walking and it’s like: “Oh this, look!” Then five minutes later “Wow! What a cool building!”. If you have the energy to walk for two+ hours, then I highly recommend it, you will see much more on foot than if you were in a car. Renting a bike is another option, but it may be somewhat of a hassle storing it if you want to go somewhere where bikes aren’t allowed.
I think my favourite building is the new One World Trade Center, it’s the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and the fourth tallest in the world – it looks downright incredible.. especially if you stand right below it!
This is another cool building – I like how I was able to capture the picture of the building and behind it a nice sky.
Trinity Church is located at the end of Wall Street and it just may be my new favourite ‘Church’ design.
Then a few metres down, I noticed a very familiar company…
I made it to Battery Park about two hours after leaving the hotel, and I walked a normal pace, stopping every few minutes to take pictures and admire buildings.
Make sure you buy your Statue of Liberty tickets online – if you want to buy them directly in NYC, there is a massive queue and sometimes it’s sold out days in advance. And the ticket that gets you access to the top of the Statue is sold out months in advance, therefore I was only able to get a ticket for the ground of Liberty Island.
The Statue of Liberty is a bit bigger than I imagined it would be, but nothing overly huge. The cruise from Battery Park takes about ten minutes and you can stay on Liberty Island for as long as you want. The basic ticket costs $18 USD. Overall the Statue is one of those things that you see and then you’ve seen it. It was nice to see it, but I don’t think I would go there again if I end up in NYC again.
Liberty Island has some gorgeous views of New York City.
In total, I spent about an hour on the island and then returned to Battery Park via Ellis Island shortly after that. The next sight on my list was the 9/11 Memorial which is about a ten minute walk from Battery Park. The memorial definitely makes you think about what happened and despite all of the violence that made 9/11 happen, the memorial is a peaceful place where you have people praying, crying, etc.
One World Trade Center looks downright beautiful from the 9/11 Memorial.
Another landmark I wanted to see was the Brooklyn Bridge, I didn’t walk the bridge, but instead decided to admire it from a port nearby.
The last stop was Wall Street – which kind of surprised me at how small it is. I always thought that there would be massive skyscrapers there and that the street would carry on for miles.. but there is just a couple of buildings and a few landmarks.
The second day of exploring New York City took about seven hours and I was back in my hotel just in time for dinner. Instead of walking all the way back to the Park Hyatt, I just ordered an uber which cost about ~25 USD from Wall Street to the Park Hyatt.
Both Saturday and Sunday were warm days and the weather made it perfect to explore the city. Since it was my first time there, I just visited the major landmarks that most people visit, I didn’t see everything that I wanted to and therefore I have a reason to return. I’m sure there is a ton of more sights to explore and I’m hoping to return to New York City soon. Overall, I had an amazing time and I will always remember the trip as very memorable. Welcome to New York, Welcome to New York…!