So our winter vacation started in New York City. You know, it was my first time there. I have always wanted to go there and finally it happened. But in such a bad time, it was freezing there!!! 🙂
So we stayed at Cassa Hotel 45th Street ****. The hotel was really nice and cosy and not far from Times Square, actually it’s only walking distance. Great!
Most of the time, we were walking on the streets, we were actually running, because it was so cold! It wasn’t that cold even in Estonia and it is really cold here in wintertime. And the weirdest part was that it was only 0 degrees… So go figure.
Of course we visited the 5th Avenue, Rockefeller Centre, the Empire State Building. When we went to the Empire State Building, there was no queue at all! I’ve heard that there are huge queues all the time, so we were really pleasantly surprised.
We also went to see the Statue of Liberty, unfortunately the Ellis Island was closed due to the hurricane. That didn’t stop us going on a cruise to see the island and the statue closer. It was actually really fun; we saw some great views to Manhattan and to the Brooklyn Bridge.
It is compulsory to visit any Broadway show while in New York, so of course we did that as well. Everyone had their own choices what they wanted to see, but finally my sister’s choice remained on top. We went to see a murder mystery. It was performed in Studio 54 and the actors were amazing! I’ve never seen that great acting in real life before. I really recommend it; the show was called The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
We stayed in New York only for 3 days, because we had to move on to the next destination. But New York left a great impression to me and I definitely want to go back there in a wormer time!
Fifth Avenue is a major thoroughfare going through of the borough of Manhattan in New York City, United States. It stretches from West 142nd Street in Harlem to Washington Square North at Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. It is considered among the most expensive and best shopping streets in the world.
Rockefeller Center is a complex of 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres (89,000 m2) between 48th and 51st streets in New York City, United States. Built by the Rockefeller family, it is located in the center of Midtown Manhattan, spanning the area between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.
The Empire State Building is a 103-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world’s tallest building for nearly 40 years. The Empire State Building is currently the fourth-tallest completed skyscraper in the United States, and the 25th-tallest in the world (the tallest now is Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai). It is also the fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the Americas.
The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in the middle of New York Harbor, in Manhattan, New York City. The statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor and dedicated on October 28, 1886, was a gift to the United States from the people of France. The statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States: a welcoming signal to immigrants arriving from abroad.
Ellis Island, located in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States as the nation’s busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954. The island was made part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965, and has hosted a museum of immigration since 1990. Long considered part of New York, a 1998 United States Supreme Court decision found that most of the island is in New Jersey. The south side of the island, home to the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital, is closed to the general public and the object of restoration efforts spearheaded by Save Ellis Island.
Times Square is a major commercial intersection and a neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, at the junction of Broadway (now converted into a pedestrian plaza) and Seventh Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. Brightly adorned with billboards and advertisements, Times Square is sometimes referred to as “The Crossroads of the World”, “The Center of the Universe”, and the heart of “The Great White Way”. It is the hub of the Broadway Theater District, one of the world’s busiest pedestrian intersections, and a major center of the world’s entertainment industry. Times Square is one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions, drawing over 39 million visitors annually. Approximately 330,000 people pass through Times Square daily, many of whom are either tourists or people working in the area.