Welcome to day four of my trip to New York!
We were quite tired this morning and little did we know how much we would pack in to our fourth day in New York.
We started the day by heading towards New York Public Library and took a detour through Bryant Park. There wasn’t a lot going on, but I can imagine that in the spring and summer months – when it isn’t as bitterly cold – it would be livlier.
Mum and I are massive fans of the film The Day After Tomorrow. If you haven’t seen it, then it’s about a climatologist (Dennis Quad) who predicts a superstorm that will have enormous consequences to the planet. After being ignored by pretty much everyone, a tsunami and a hell of a lot of snow and ice hit New York trapping his son (Jake Gwylennhall) and friends inside New York Public Library.
Sadly, the main reading room that I wanted to see was closed for refurbishment!
However, they did have this cool colouring board for children AND adults to enjoy; I think Mum and I got a bit too into it!
We headed over to Grand Central Station after we had finished looking around the rooms that were open.
I love Grand Central. I love the hustle and bustle, the architecture, the atmosphere… I just love it all. As a massive Gossip Girl fan, I couldn’t help but think of the pilot episode where Serena Vanderwoodsen has been spotted arriving back in New York city. Drama!
We headed to the food halls and couldn’t help ourselves by stopping at Magnolia Bakery.
I got a delicious peanut butter gluten free cupcake!
We then popped in to Grand Central Market and had a look at all the delicious food.
Once we were done, we headed over to Radio City Music Hall for the Radio City Stage Door Tour. Nicknamed The Showplace of the Nation, the Stage Door Tour offers an insider’s look at the legendary venue. On the guided tour you get to learn about the history of this art deco venue and learn some of the backstage secrets behind the Great Stage and to top it off, you get to meet a Rockettee! There were only 4 people, including Mum and I, in our tour group. The small group really made the whole experience even better because it felt like a private tour.
The tour took about an hour and 45 minutes and by the time we left it was nearly 4.30. We thought it would be a good idea to head over to the Rockefeller Centre and pick up our tickets for Top of The Rock. We’d chosen to go up the Top of the Rock at this time in order catch the sunset over New York.
The views were absolutely stunning. It was a perfect day for overlooking Manhattan. However, I think everyone else in New York thought the same thing as us and this made the viewing platform incredibly busy.
Nevertheless, the views were totally worth it. Watching the sun set across New York was breath-taking.
We were very hungry by the time we left the Top of The Rock and headed to the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square for dinner. The wait for a table was around 45 minutes, so we sat at the bar and had some dinner instead. We ordered two burgers and just water to drink with our meals. Yes, I know… ordering water at the bar. But we were hungry and tired. Our original plan was to quickly grab food before heading back to our hotel as we were exhausted from our long day. The waitress in Hard Rock Café either really liked us or felt very sorry for us only ordering water as she gave us a free cocktail to share; the small amount we had well and truly knocked us out. I don’t think I have ever slept so good!
Check out my other New York blog posts:
- New York: Day One (Virgin Atlantic, Hilton Garden Inn, Times Square)
- New York: Day Two (The Plaza, Central Park, The King and I)
- New York: Day Three (Subway, Ground Zero, Ellen’s Stardust Diner)
- New York: Day Four (New York Public Library, Grand Central, Radio City Music Hal, Top of The Rock
- New York: Day Five (Bus Tour, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island)
- New York: Day Six (Shopping, Macy’s, Empire State Building, The Plaza, JFK)
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