New York City Day 01 (15th Dec 2013)

So we arrived at JFK airport at 7.30am and waited for our Super Shuttle Bus to pick us up and drop us right at the Hotel.

We arrived at the hotel at about 9am, left our luggages there (our check-in time was 4pm) and then headed off to our first destination, Central Park.

As it was our first day, we were extremely unprepared for public transport and only had a brief idea where everything was located from the top view of NYC on google maps, not when we’re standing on the streets!
So we walked to Central Park instead. It took us about 30-45 minutes, which we did by walking up north along 7th Avenue.

TIME WARNER CENTER
As we got to Central Park, we passed Time Warner shops and took a few snapshots.

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Columbus Circle
behind this Circle is Central Park

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Shops at Columbus Circle (Time Warner Center)

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view of Columbus Circle from inside Time Warner Center

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inside Time Warner Center

CENTRAL PARK
Central Park had markets at the front as well, and as NYC is a huge touristy location, the markets were packed with people. Not only are there goods for sale, you can also snack on some food such as waffles at ‘Waffles & Dinges‘.

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Central Park, was amazing even without the green grass and the nice sunny weather. Before coming to NY, I didn’t pay too much attention to the size of Central Park until I got there. It’s ‘massive’, with a total of approximately 3,500 km square. It was also indeed very special because it was my sister & I’s 2nd experience in Snow, the 1st being in America as well but in LA at Mountain High!

At Central Park, there’s heaps to do , from having a bit of a swing at the playgrounds, boating, carriage horse riding, sitting on a carousel, visiting the zoo and watching plays at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. As well as this, there are ponds, lakes, bridges and castles to visit.

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Central Park playground

Central Park ‘Heckscher Playground


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view of Bow Bridge from the end of ‘The Lake‘ near the Strawberry Fields

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view of ‘The Lake‘ in Winter (no water, just ice)

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Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
enchanted puppet theatre all year long

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Belvedere Castle from afar

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Belvedere Lake

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Romeo & Juliet statue outside Delacorte Theatre

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NYC from the top of Belvedere Castle

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top view of Belvedere Lake from Belvedere Castle


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finally found Belvedere Castle

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at the top of Belvedere Castle


oak bridge

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entrance to Shakespeare Garden

AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

The Museum is located opposite Central Park on the West side at about 77th Street.We entered American Museum of Natural History at about 2.45pm and stayed till 5.45pm when it closed. It’s soo big it takes awhile to finish. We didn’t even finish because this Museum has 5 levels.

We got the ‘General Admission Plus Space Show‘ and chose ‘Dark Universe’. Dark Universe was basically viewed in a theatre where the screen was on the ceiling and you’d learn about the stars etc.
Adult ticket cost $27 and child is $16, with $2 per person fee and tax which totalled to $48 altogether.

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American Museum of Natural History

statue of Theodore Roosevelt (President of the United States) 1901-1909

statue of Theodore Roosevelt (President of the United States)
1901-1909

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Museum main lobby

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Origami Christmas Tree

We didn’t exactly find the closest subway station which sold Metro cards so we ended up walking to a station at the end of Central Park (because finally this subway had a Metrocard vending machine) and taking it from there to Penn station. The walk from the Museum to the entrance of Central Park only really took 20-30 minutes which wasn’t too bad. We were only a little exhausted because of all the walk that day (from Madison Square Garden to Central Park, half of Central Park, the Museum and then from Museum to entrance of Central Park).

Day 1 was indeed a very walkable experience!

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