A visit to the Empire and we're not talking Star Wars here
15.03.2013 - 15.03.2013 7 °C
An early start for one of the first lifts up the Empire State Building. Built in 1931 at a cost of over $25m ( a lot of money then). There were no queues and the yanks sure have visit down pat. First plenty of security, inspections and X-rays. Then line up to go through various lifts and floors until you get a photo. We finally reach the 86th floor and the viewing area.
We felt like sleepless in Seattle without the freezing cold. We couldn't bring ourselves to walking outside too many times so largely we stayed inside. Took a few leaps outside for photos....probably a bad turn of phrase here.
After the token photo's and picking up postcards, t-shirts and other must haves; it was off up 5th Ave for some shopping.
The stores here are numerous but not necessarily large. That is with the exception of Macy's which is enormous both in length, width and height.
Brought some nice clothes and needed an iPad so off to Grand Central Station and the Apple Store. Purchased an iPad with retina display and had it set up by the computer geeks. Nice unit and it comes with a case which seconds as a typing pad.
Then it was time to change hotels and move back to the Intercontinental Times Square. Pretty seamless move with the taxi but when we arrived back into Times Square the room was not the one promised. Cleared up the problem and I have to say the staff have been very good despite the problem.
The room is superb with a view on three sides down 8th Avenue. We have lucked out and this room whilst not the size of a suite, it has definitely style and is set out wonderfully. Probably the best of the rooms so far.
It was pretty late by the time that we settled into the room so we decided on a stroll to Times Square. Everything here is busy, so our definition of a stroll differs greatly to what we are used to with the number of people on the streets. Holding hands is a challenge because it is so congested.
Times Square is one of the warmest outdoor places in this city, the amount of electricity that must be generated from the large screens just astounds me. The heat coming from them is noticeable and it's like standing in front of a couple of hundred television sets at Harvey Norman.