New York

We took the marathon number so it was time to think about the sightseeing part of our trip. We stumbled upon the (TIP) New York City Pass and bought two. It was a good deal because for ~$100 you receive a pass to the 6 MUST-SEE attractions in New York:

  • Empire State Building Observatory - great view, and an even greater building. Do you know that this 102 floor skyscraper was built in only 410 days?!? Impressive! Also here you will hear the story of the battle between Empire State Building and Chrysler Building for the ” World’s tallest building”:

    A view from Empire State Building Observation Deck

    A view from Empire State Building Observation Deck

  • American Museum of Natural History - here you can find out how much you weigh on the Sun, on a red giant or Mars:

    My weight on the Sun

    My weight on the Sun

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art - it’s huge so make sure you have enough time ’cause they close at 6 pm.
  • MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art - you can see modern art of any type here. What  caught my sight was a kitchen cabinet full of medicines… Not my type of art. But at least for a moment I had the chance to be Alice in Wonderland:

    Alice in Wonderland

    Alice in Wonderland

  • Top of the Rock or Guggenheim Museum - we went for the Top of the Rock. The view is incredible and is worth for sure. We visited Guggenheim museum a year later ($25 fee p.p.). We couldn’t appreciate the modern art presented there, it was “too modern” for our point of view, but the building was incredible. You can recognize it in a scene from the movie “The International” with Clive Owen

    A view from Top of the Rock

    A view from Top of the Rock

    A view from Top of the Rock

    A view from Top of the Rock

    Guggenheim museum

    Guggenheim museum

    Guggenheim museum

    Guggenheim museum

  • Statue of Liberty or Circle Line Cruises – we went for the cruise. We did it at sunset and the view of Manhattan was stunning. We saw the Statue  of Liberty from a very close distance. During the trip a retired native new yorker told us stories about the city, the bridges, the neon Pepsi sign, etc. It’s a 2h trip and it’s good to buy the tickets upfront. We got ours on the same morning.

    Pepsi Cola sign

    Pepsi Cola sign

This is just a very very small part of all the stuff one can see in New York and in another post we will cover other attractions which are free and give a feeling about the city.

Enough sightseeing. And what about the coffee you would say? (TIP) Well, the coffee in New York is called “Blue Bottle Coffee”. Here you can drink the greatest espresso and cappuccino, you can try a drip coffee full of flavor and you will be served by young, friendly and very professional baristas. There are several locations in New York, but we would recommend the one in the Rockefeller Center. It’s very small so it might take you some time to find it, but trust me, it’s THE coffee. Considering the attractions we mentioned above, you can have a coffee before or after the Top of the Rock.

Blue Bottle Coffee espresso

Blue Bottle Coffee espresso

Blue Bottle Coffee espresso and cappucciono

Blue Bottle Coffee espresso and cappucciono

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