It was my last day in New York. My flight out was scheduled for 11:00pm so I still had a whole day to make the most of. One thing that I hadn’t done yet was the Staten Island ferry. Just a couple of subway stop from Brooklyn I emerged at the bottom end of Manhattan where the Staten Island Ferry terminal. You can’t miss these huge orange vessels that go back and forth every half hour and carry over 4000 passengers. It is also absolutely free so what budget traveller could resist plus you get to pass the Statue of Liberty and fantastic views back to the NY city skyline as you make your way towards Staten Island.
I was so preoccupied with the ferry that I hadn’t actually done any research as to what to see on Staten Island but was content to take a walk along the water’s edge looking back towards New Jersey on the left, Manhattan in the middle and Brooklyn to the right. Just along the promenade from the ferry terminal I came across this intriguing sculpture. Reading the plaques around the sculpture I discovered that it is called continue reading + 3 photos
After a relaxing overnight stay in the country it was back into the city to make the most of my last 36 hours in New York. Still on my list of things to do was Top of the Rock. I arrived just in time for a tour of the Rockefeller Centre which was included in my NY Pass ticket and was arguably the most insightful tour I went on while in NY. I learnt that the Rockefeller Centre isn’t a single building but a complex of 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres of real estate.
As fascinating as the tour was it was the view from the top of the GE Building that I was really excited to see. At 850ft (289m) the GE Building is the 10th tallest building in New York and while the masses flock to the Empire State building I am inclined to say Top of the Rock is better because continue reading + 3 photos