Let’s continue on! This post will share our midpoint of the trip: New York City. Here, we were to visit Manhattan island for the Empire State Building, Times Square and Central Park.
We departed early in the morning from New Stanton, PA.
As I was making trips to load up the TL, I had to take a pic of this housekeeping cart. Already made my day!
Late morning…me sporting what looks like an Ace Ventura hair style and Jouhl catching a few extra minutes of sleep.
In Pennsylvania, we encountered many tunnels. Seems there were more instances of tunnels than roads actually going over the mountains. Each entrance was nicely labeled with what mountain you were about to go through.
New Jersey, we have arrived! New York City was getting closer and closer.
As Jouhl and I had never been to New York City, it was almost unreal we were going to be seeing it this very day.
There it is in the horizon! With a population of over 8.4 million, I was starting to get a little nervous that I was about to enter one of the most congested and challenging cities to drive in. In fact, the entire New York City metropolitan area is one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world!
One more stop at the tolls before going over the New York State line.
About to enter the Lincoln Tunnel. This 1.5-mile-long tunnel goes under the Hudson River, connecting Weehawken, New Jersey and Midtown Manhattan. Once you enter this tunnel, there’s pretty much no going back.
Yikes! This is happening…
My fear of the traffic and unfamiliar surroundings quickly faded away after I first saw the magnificent sky scrappers.
I’m not a big city guy, but this was just amazing. Here we are creeping through Times Square looking for the hotel we were to stay in.
After about 30-40mins of bumper-to-bumper traffic with yelling cab drivers, stubborn pedestrians, other vehicles with no regard to space or lanes, I was ready to find a nearby parking garage and hand the keys over to valet.
Luckily, our hotel was right across the street. We checked in and dropped off the bags.
The view from the room.
We didn’t waste any time. First stop, the Empire State Building. At 103-stories high, this is one of the tallest buildings in the world. It was once THE tallest. This is regarded as an American cultural icon. Our interest was getting up to the top to see the overall city. We started to shove our way through the crowds at Times Square to get to the Empire State.
Several blocks later…
Up we go…to the elevator to travel 86 floors!
Here we are, and the views were just jaw-dropping! I’ll let the photos do the talking…
Back down to walking the streets. There were plenty of Acuras around to admire. This was a nice Satin Silver 2004-2006 with the A-spec kit.
Back to Times Square. Now we got to see it fully illuminated!
“Where to next?” Says, Jouhl.
I was able to ask a nice police officer to have a photo taken with Jouhl.
As we were walking about, we passed by another parking garage and this was exiting: My first glimpse of a 616HP McLaren MP4 12C!
Last order for the night, a simple New York chile dog and chicken kabob from a sidewalk stand.
The next morning, we headed out again. Central Park was on the agenda. Along the way, we made a quick stop at the Apple Store. This was one of the first Apple Stores to open in the U.S.
Once you enter what looks like just a glass box, you step down a spiral staircase to the store floor.
After the Apple Store, we walked just a block to enjoy Central Park.
What’s next? Hitting the road towards Washington D.C. Never a dull or stationary moment!
More to come…