Saturday 16th – Thursday 21st September 2006
We arrived in Newark airport at around 15:00 on Saturday afternoon after a smooth journey from Edinburgh, via Amsterdam. We met Nicola who had flown in flown in from her holiday job in Florida.
We grabbed a cab and headed into the city to find the Hotel that we had pre-booked, the Hotel Carter on 42nd street. To our shock and amazment, despite our only stipulation when booking (with STA Travel) being easy access in a wheelchair, Hotel Carter has a flight of stairs leading to it’s 1st floor lobby. In what proved to be a blessing in disguise,
as Hotel Carter is to put it politely a complete dump, Sarah and I had a hectic few hours as we scrabbled to locate another Hotel in the region.
Eventually, we found Hotel Edison which was more than adequate, perfectly located and good value.
Sunday, 17th September
A quick bus tour around the southern part of Manhattan did just the trick to get a feel for where we were in relation to all the major sites.
On the way to Battery Park, we took in Chinatown, little Italy, Grenwich Village and 5th Avenue.
From Battery Park, we took the Statten Island ferry so as to take in the New York skyline and a good view of the Statue of Liberty.
Monday 18th September
We set out early, heading in the direction of Central Park from our Times Square base, and grabbed some breakfast at the french style café Le Pain Quotidien which was very good.
A wander through Central Park that took in, not eintirely deliberately, statues of Robert Burns & Walter Scott
After a short panic, during which Sarah and Suzie were convinced that we completely lost, we popped out from Central Park just a couple of blocks from the Guggenheim museum – our intended destination. Although under restoration, it is a stunning building on the inside and the exhibition of Zaha Hadid’s work was well worth the visit.
- FAO Swartz
- The Empire State building
Tuesday 19th September
- Rockefeller Centre
- Statue of Liberty
- Ellis Island
- Ground Zero
- 5th Avenue
Wednesday 20th September
- 5th Ave
- Central Park
- John Lennon Memorial
- Trump Tower