Hours: 7h 11min
Ferry Crossing: 1 (85min)
Bridges: 5(excluding Chesapeake)
People: 4 (total number of years 110)
Tool charge: $27.50 (including Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel)
Coffees: 3, 5 cups+ Starbucks Frappucino
Suitcases: 3(+ countless amounts of plastic bags with sandwiches, sweets, drinks etc.)
GPS: 1 (not working properly anyway)
Maps: 4 (just in case, to avoid any arguments)
That’s how much it took us to get to New York Staten Island.
We started our journey in Virginia at 5.45 am, driving in my Chevy, which runs deep (inside joke) and we drove through 5 states in total: Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and New York and we arrived on Staten Island located only 8 km from lower Manhattan. I was little bit disappointed driving through Maryland and Delaware as you can only see corn fields, potato fields, and occasional house close to the busy road and the only way you know you are a different state is that the cars registrations suddenly change. We’ve decided to cross the Delaware Bay on the ferry as this gave us a break from driving all the hours. Well, big boat, nothing fancy, lots of people. When we got to New Jersey, the view outside the window has changed…it was forest for miles! (Ha-ha), but as we got closer to the Staten Island the traffic became heavy, and I knew I am not far away. When we crossed the bridge to the island everything changed, it was like driving in a little suburbia with beautiful houses with even more beautiful front yards and people walking their dogs. When we arrived in our hotel we literately dumped our bags in our room and decided to catch a ferry to see Manhattan. We took Staten Island Ferry that passes Statue of Liberty, a colossal woman sculpture given to Americans from people of France. The statue is an icon of freedom and it was a welcoming signal to all the immigrants arriving from other countries.
I got a little bit excited, I mean how many times do you get to go to New York, the city that never sleeps, the city where dreams are made of, the city that makes you feel like you are one in a million….in the streets of New York….If you can make it here you can make it anywhere, that’s what they say…
We had 3 days in NYC. The shopping was the must!, of course with some of the shops “window shopping” only …one day …We went nuts in Century 21 and got some serious bargains. After few hours of spending money, it was time to actually see the city and the best way to see it was from above. We‘ve decided to go to the “Top of the Rock”. The Rockefeller Centre provides much better view of the Central Park and you don’t have to queue for 3 hours! as oppose to Empire State Building, and you get great photo of the famous sky scraper itself.
Next on the list were:
Brooklyn Bridge, one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States that connects Manhattan and Brooklyn. The bridge was open to the public in 1883 and now more than 4,000 pedestrians and 3,100 cyclists cross the Brooklyn Bridge each day.
Central Park, provides a wonderful break to all New Yorkers during the day, that seeking a place to rest and recharge their “batteries”. At night, famous for its crimes, would not be a place that you would want to go and visit.
Grand Central Station, unfortunately without the cast of Madagascar, yet as impressive as in the film with 44 platforms and 67 train tracks.
City Hall where Carrie married Big. It had to be done.
Time Square full of lights, as a symbol of “The Crossroads of the world”, known for its New Year celebrations.
Public Library- not today and not tomorrow- the day after tomorrow.
Nothing can compare to this amazing city that is famous for being a film scenes, the constant noise of ambulance and fire engine. Rich and poor, good and bad, and we were amongst them…..