Day 3 - Ate a quick muffin for breakfast at the Dean & Deluca in our hotel (very handy to have that so close incidentally) and then out to Times Square for our morning photo opportunity - by now we were in a bit of a routine which involved me standing with a coffee trying not to freeze while my boyfriend stood for 20 minutes every morning desperate to get the right light/traffic/people for the perfect shot ;-) It was, of course, worth it when he did though...!
We took the subway to Chambers Street and had a walk in the area around the World Financial Centre, there were lovely views across the water (including the Statue of Liberty in the distance) and also liked the winter garden. We also walked round a bit of the World Trade Centre site, in some ways it felt like it was wrong of us, a couple of tourists on their holidays, to be there but then at the same time it is of course a living, working area. Construction is underway and it was interesting to read about the plans for the new development. We passed a fire station on Liberty Street which had a bent and battered street sign on display as well as a memorial to the firemen from that station who died in the attack - that was extremely moving. We also went into St Paul's Chapel which was really interesting and again very moving. Obviously we're all aware of and have seen the media images of what happened in the immediate aftermath of the towers coming down and the amazing job done by the rescue workers but I hadn't ever thought in any detail about the role of the many volunteers supporting them.
After St Paul's we popped into Century 21 as I wanted to buy some sunglasses (the weather while we were there was exceptionally cold but lovely, bright sunny winter days which was just perfect). My word, never again... How anyone can spend longer than 5 minutes in that place is beyond me... I'm sure there are some bargains to be had but it was just so busy and untidy! Didn't buy anything in the end.
We then walked along Broadway to Wall Street and the Stock Exchange, we both found this whole area really interesting, I think because we've spent time working in the City in London and it was cool to see how the two financial areas compare. Have to admit though, it made a nice change not to be one of the people running for a quick sandwich on their lunch break... We had lunch in a bar nearby and then headed across to Bowling Green to see the Charging Bull, very impressive and love the fact the artist just dumped it in secret in the middle of the night! Then on to the Staten Island Ferry - amazing views.
Back to Times Square on the subway and bought tickets at the TKTS booth for Avenue Q - we had talked about maybe seeing a show but had no 'must sees' so decided to be spontaneous and if it fitted in, great. In the end we went for Avenue Q as I thought the boy would enjoy that more than a 'regular' musical and great choice as it was absolutely hilarious, we both loved it, bought the CD and have been singing the songs pretty much constantly since we got home!
Before it started we had time for a quick drink at The View (again I wouldn't have known about this at all if not for this site) and a bite to eat - I won't say where as I will (quite understandably) get shot down in flames but suffice to say we were hungry, in Times Square and just needed some quick food...
After the musical we had had great plans of going to a piano bar but in the end we were just shattered and headed straight back to the hotel, incidentally this scenario was repeated every night for the rest of the week and I'm sorry to say we never ever made it to our piano bar - but hey, it's as good a reason as any to come back!