On such a grey and wet day here in the UK I thought I would share these photos that I took at Luna Park, Coney Island on our trip to New York last month. Last month? Can it really only be last month we went? I feel like an age ago now. These blue skies and happy colours won my heart on the trip, it's a great place - one I hope to return to one day.
The white wooden roller coaster you see in the photos above is Cyclone and I've added a You Tube video of a front seat HD ride in it which is pretty special. Cyclone first opened in 1927 and it's something of a legend. 2,640 feet of track, 12 drops, 27 elevation changes and an exhilarating 85-foot, 60-degree plunge at speeds of 60 mph. Holly and Iain went on it - I took photos and that close enough for me as I'm something of a 'fairground ride scaredycat'. It looks kinda old, and you see bits of it wobble as the carriages hurtle round it which didn't help my fear. My companions goaded me to go on but I sent them on first and they both walked off the ride afterwards, took one look at me and said 'whatever you do - don't go on that!' I didn't need telling twice. If you aren't a big girls blouse do go on if you visit, it's an iconic Americal wooden rollercoaster!
The Empire State Building was one of the first things on 'the list' when we were preparing to visit New York. There's a few 'high up' experiences in NYC and although the views are wonderful to visit the Empire State Building, top of the Rockerfeller Centre and One World Observatory in day light would all be, well a bit samey. So we visited the top of the Rockerfeller Centre in the day time and the top of the Empire State Building at night. Not only was it a more forgiving temperature (it had been a really hot week) but the views although the same were a whole different side of things.
I could have lost days in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. If you are planning a visit do allow a whole day to get around it all, it really is an immense place. Planning and researching what's on is worthwhile too as there are whole huge sections of it that we missed out by only scheduling in an afternoon to visit
These blue skies and happy colours won my heart on the trip, it's a great place - one I hope to return to one day.
The State of Liberty is one of those 'if you are in New York must-do's'. One thing we hadn't realised though was just how far in advance you need to book if you want to go up to the Crown of the statue. When we looked it was pre-booked for a couple of months, so we bought tickets to go up to the pedestal level. One thing I would say, having been, is that other than being able to say 'I've been up the Statue of Liberty' is that the experience doesn't offer a great deal in terms of views - so don't beat yourself up if you can't get tickets to the top, it's still very much worth going.
The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a green oasis in the large city, a horticultural gem that back in the late 1800's was a mere ash dump.
Oh my the views from the top of the Rockefeller Center are immense! When we were planning our trip this was one of the first things added to our schedule. We did this one morning and the Empire State Building at night time which worked really well. The views from both are similar as they are quite close together so doing one in daylight and one at night meant we saw the New York City in two different light (literally).
Photos that give a flavour of NYC life.
Brooklyn Bridge is iconic and fascinating to walk across. It's wooden pedestrian crossing takes you above the road level and showers you with fantastic views all around from Brooklyn to Manhattan and over to the Statue of Liberty. The walkway is divided into two sections with a white line, half for pedestrians and half for cyclists.