Central Park was lovely, and we'd both been really looking forward to it, but annoyingly our visit there also coincided with the coldest hours of our time in New York, it was SOOOOOO cold at this point, so we didn't dally as long as we'd have liked. Later saw a half naked jogger running through the park, which made us both feel rather weak-willed.
Passed Carnegie on the way to Central Park (I think). Lots of steam coming out of drains around here I remember, which was good.
Times Square was a minor let-down, due only to the congregations of people dressed up as iconic Cartoon characters loitering around. The basic setup is that people, mostly families, would wander up to the characters, the kids would be excited, and there would be a group photo or selfie. Everyone happy. As soon as the photo is taken then Elmo, or Woody, or Batman would whip off their headgear and underneath would - nearly always - be a very grumpy looking hispanic woman who would then demands $5 for a photo. At this point the kids would be looking very confused and the parents would be looking very annoyed. Elmo-lady meanwhile has her hand out, and no-one wants to be chased out of Times Square by a horde of angry Elmos...
This picture was of the Empire State Building. Not of the massive Victoria's Secret billboard. Really.
One of my favourite moments at the top of ESB was when Tan was stood where she is in this picture looking out over the view, then turned around, looked into the mirror and shouted 'there's more!!'
This picture was taken some time after that.
Not really, on top of the Empire State Building actually. In fact, not even on top of the Empire State Building, just the 88th floor. But 'Nearly on top of a very high building indeed Ma!' would be a bad title for a picture. Loved it up there, the ticket price came with a genuinely good audio tour. But was FLIPPIN freezing, had just started snowing. And I only nearly soiled myself once (when Tan was fumbling with her iPhone on the wrong side of the railing while wearing mittens).
This was where we first came up from the subway in Manhattan. Love at first site.