New York–19th May

Today was a visit to Queens. The objective was to find Twinkies!, had been on the lookout for these in Manhattan with no luck, ringing around had located them at Target, the closest one close to a subway station was in Queens!

Took the yellow line Subway from 42nd to 63 Dr-Rego Park. First stop was Rego Park mall, Nita wanted to visit the Ulta Cosmetic branch. Whilst she was there, I headed up to Century 21, this was a much better store than the one on Broadway! Found some great things for the girls, waited for Nita to get there and we ended up getting loads of things for them all. Century 21 is brilliant, loads of branded goodies at outlet prices! We stayed there for over 2 hours and came out with both our hands full of shopping bags Disappointed smile.

Next stop was Target @ Queens Place, time to get Twinkies. Grabbed the last few from the shelves. Unlike our Target in AUS, Target in US has a supermarket side of things, selling all groceries items along with the clothes. The concept was great, however what was not so great was their service – absolutely rubbish, checkout operators here had no sense of urgency, they would have to be the SLOWEST I have ever experienced, much much slower than even the trainees in AUS. Finally managed to make our way out of the checkout. Time for a quick walk around the place, then made our way back to the subway and headed back to Manhattan.

Got off at 49st station, it was already 3:30pm and still had not had lunch. Decided to head to Natsumi for the brilliant dumplings and sushi we had tried on our first night.

Natsumi on 50th st, best place for Dumplings and Sushi.

Late lunch done, then off to the Hotel, dumped the shopping and time for a afternoon break.

Around 6 pm we headed out again, Nita wanted to experience the Brooklyn Bridge view and Manhattan skyline view once more for the last time – off to the Kal Ho Na Ho park under Brooklyn Bridge, a good spot to experience peace in the concrete jungle.

Today was more crowded, there were a couple of models having their photo-shoots done, was interesting watching the process and how they managed to change clothes in the openWinking smile!

Time for our own pics

Headed off around 8pm, subway to Macy’s on Herald Square, had to take back my Dockers Pants, sales person had not taken off the security tags!

Got off at 34th St and made our way to Macy’s, it was a brilliant night sky with the full moon next to the Empire State Building – what a view!

(full moon and Empire State building in the background)

Finished off Macy’s, back down the Subway and off to 42nd st, then a short walk to Utsav on 46th st. Last night in NYC, time for some good indian!

Nice interior, had to only wait 5 minutes before we were given a table. Ordered their spicy variety – was super!


A very good meal at Utsav – highly recommended. Get the Chicken Chettinand HOT, so so so tasty!

Last dinner in NY was done, now for the last night in Times Square, Nita had to finish off her challenge set by Daljit & Sanil, the challenge was to dance Prem Ratan Dhan Payo in Times Square!


Very proud of Nita, she was able to perform the dubsmash of PRDP in two takes and then it was on her instagram – challenge completed, apparently now it was Daljit’s turn to do the same on Harbour Bridge – I am waiting for that!

Nita totally embarrassed from her live performance in front of the massive crowd in Times Square, now it was time for our nightly Cheesecake fix @ Juniors, this was the best way to finish the night.

About dharmeshkalyan

Have always loved travelling and will continue to pursue this love. Favourite Travel quotes: “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine
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