Sightseeing today, wanted to cover Statue of Liberty, 9/11 location, visiting the One world observatory (Freedom tower) and Brooklyn bridge.
Morning quick breakfast, then down to the Subway for a train to South Ferry station. Subway travel is very efficient here, and I think essential to get around quickly, much quicker than taxis. Also a common misconception I had, the subway systems in NY were grubby, dirty and dangerous, could not have been more wrong. The Subway station and the trains were all clean with ZERO signs of graffiti and we did not at any point feel unsafe!
Due to weekend maintenance on train tracks the train terminated at Canal St, Buses ferried us the rest of the way to South Ferry. This worked out well, sight seeing the lower Manhattan.
At South Ferry, we booked a Hornblower Cruise that included the Statue of Liberty , the Brooklyn bridge, and views to New Jersey and lower Manhattan. A bit of walk to Pier 16 then a short queue and off on the cruise.
The NY skyline does look nice from the waterways!
Some amazing sights from the cruise, a great 90 minutes.
From Pier 16, we walked to the Freedom tower, passing some more great structures along the way.
It was past 2pm and we had not had lunch yet. Located an indian food cart at the corner of Broadway and Liberty, a few people in queue, so hopefully it was a well known cart.
Nita ordered a Paneer wrap, found a nice place for a break in Zuccotti Park – directly opposite the food cart. Wow, street food is indeed delicious here. The wraps were very tasty.
Made our way to the Freedom Tower – sight of the 9/11 attacks. Had heard and read about this event so much, however it is not until you are there that you begin to feel the impact of this! The memorial site has been very nicely developed.
Made our way to the one world observatory over 100 stories high, providing a great view of the city.
Finished off the observatory, down at the street level, noticed Brookfield Place across the street – a mall catered to designer labels. This deserved a visit.
Nice mall with a even better eating area, were amazed at the food area. This was unlike any I had ever seen in a mall, essentially open plan kitchens leading up to restaurants. Located a nice coffee shop, time for a break!
It was past 5pm when we got out of the centre. Next stop was Brooklyn Bridge. Walking to sights was proving the correct choice, lots of viewing that we would have missed otherwise.
Finally made it on to Brooklyn Bridge. No need to describe, that, pictures are enough!
Spent close to an hour on the bridge, taking lots of pics and watching the skyline change with the sun going down.
Made our way across the bridge to the Brooklyn side, walked to High St subway station to take us back to Times Square. Unfortunately due to the weekend rail works High st station was closed, we were directed to Jay St – MetroTech station, another 10 minutes walk through Brooklyn. Got our train back to 49th st near Times Square, this was closer to the Mexican place I had found on YELP.
It was close to 9:30 when we made it to Casa Agave on 9th Ave between 48th and 47t st. This was a small place, and very busy – a good sign. We were lucky being a party of two, much easier to find a table!!
Ordered the Guacamole, chicken Quesadilla and Shrimp Fajita. The Guacamole was made at our table – wow, freshly made Guacamole is goooooood!! The Quesadilla and Fajita were very very good – this was even better then the Mexican we had in Chicago and back home – by far the best mexican to date!
What a day, lots of sight seeing and then topping it off with the best Mexican food! Highly highly recommend this place!