Will and Steph, live in New Brunswick, Canada which is quite near the border of USA and on the East side of the country so straight up from New York so visiting New York and then road tripping up to see them in Canada for the wedding was going to be the plan.... SCREEEEEEAAAAM!
Pod 51 was ace, highly recommend. Our room resembled a uni halls with bunk beds and shared bathrooms but who cares when you are in NYC! It was relatively cheap for the city and a great central area. The hotel was very modern and clean, and had the most amazing roof terrace, (that's it in the header pic!).
I don't think I was quite prepared for just HOW busy, big and noisy it would be. I used to live in London, but this was like London times a million! It was also incredibly hot, over 30 degrees. We wanted so badly to explore on foot to see everything but a lot of walking in that heat was quite tough. I didn't love it around Times Square and the main streets there, so bustly and busy. Times Square was just a massive road junction so we didn't linger there much.
That evening we wandered round the streets near our hotel and found third avenue and loads of restaurants up there, we had a nice little Italian meal and a lovely leisurely sit on our roof terrace before early to bed, wiped out!
I found Ground Zero really emotional, you can't help get morbid thoughts in your head. I didn't know what to expect, but 2 massive holes in the space where the towers were was not cheery symbolism! Then the names of all the victims carved into the monument, I don't think i realised there were so many. Bit of an odd tourist attraction, but was good to see it.
It is weird when you are in the city the buildings are sooo tall, you cannot see the tops of them. We walked right past the Empire State building before realising what it was. Then it was impossible to get the right angle for a photo.