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This is the second part of my 7-days itinerary, which again the food part as these are in a separate post which you can find here. To read the first part of the itinerary, please click here.
I started the day off with a visit to the 9/11 Memorial located in the Financial District. We all know the tragedy that stroked the States in 2001 and having a memorial built in the exact spot the World Trade Centre once was a good way to commemorate the lives lost.
You will also be able to get a good look at the One World Trade Centre building from here.
World Trade Centre The Oculus which was recently opened in May 2016, it is one that's designed by Calatrava. The building is a shopping mall run by Westfield. The interior holds a clean white look with asymmetrical fins.
Following this was a visit to Wall Street, the core of the economy here in the Big Apple. With a quick stop at the New York Stock Exchange, the place was bustling with corporate suits and people rushing from one place to another.
The Bull Statue which was located on the ….. was a magnet for tourists so don’t expect to get a snapshot with it without anyone crowding around it….. Don’t forget to get a quick rub on the Bull’s balls for good luck!
I then took the Staten Island Ferry ride that departs from Whitehall Terminal. This brought passengers to St George Terminal in Staten Island, this route gives you a great view of Manhattan’s skyline and the ferry would also pass by the Statue of Liberty. Upon boarding, be sure to be on the right side of the ferry from the beginning, as if you are on the left side, you will not be able to get a good view of the Statue of Liberty.
The Brooklyn Bridge stretches for 1.8km and if you are planning to walk from one end to another, you would need about an hour which includes time for picture taking and so forth. Do look back to get a good view of Manhattan when you're halfway through the bridge!
Upon reaching Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade holds a fantastic view of Manhattan. Upon walking along the promenade, I found lots of couples doing wedding photo shoots here. There are also parks, carousels and ice-creams shops along the way.
I headed to Dumbo and on the Washington Street, you will be able to find this perfectly framed street of Manhattan Bridge. If you look closely enough, the arch below the bridge also frames the Empire State Building in it. It is amongst the most-instagrammed spots of New York and Brooklyn.
At night, we headed to Press at Ink48 Hotel for a bar with a view. The surrounding buildings are pretty low rise which allows for a view with no obstructions.
I took a quick stop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art just to sit at the steps and said that I've done it haha Gossip Girl much.
I then made my way to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in time for the 'Pay As You Wish' entrance. Hence, instead of paying the standard entrance fee of $25, I could pay any amount I deemed worthy. This is open to public every Saturday from 5.45pm-7.45pm but do bear in mind that the queue is really long so be sure to get there in time to enter by 7.30pm.
The architecture is pretty fascinating and I absolutely love how you spiral your way to the top with a grand void centred in the middle and this is then lit by the ceiling light which is a work of its own as well. It feels as though the art in this place is the building itself more than anything.
The building was designed by one of my favourite architects, Frank Lloyd Wright and I think he did an amazing job here!
My last day in New York was spent shopping in Soho. They have all kinds of shops and boutiques here catered to many different styles.
It was also a day filled with delicious food and I would say that it was a perfect end to an amazing trip. Do stay tuned for my food post and let me know of your favourite places in New York so that I can bear it in mind for my next trip there!
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