First day of the New Year. Instead of having an actually schedule we decided to walk around, see how parts of the city had changed since out last visit and show Pascal some important landmarks.
Our first stop after breakfast was the part of Manhattan that I would probably choose to life in if I could afford it. Soho.
There is just something to the old brick and iron buildings that makes it very cozy and interesting to me. It is a change in pace and atmosphere compared to the more hectic and quick lifestyle of more southern parts of the city.
And yes, this was long before “Deez Nuts” entered the preliminaries for the 2016 elections:
Afterwards we headed to the financial district, walzted through the canyons between the high standing office towers, past Wallstreet.
Down at Battery Park, we wanted to take a break to look at Miss Liberty and Ellis Island.
This morning, however, the winds were two strong that our stay down there was cut short, so after a few pictures and a moment to take it all in – as most of us had been there before – we made our way to ground zero.
When Steffi and I were in New York in 2011, the memorial was finished but all the other buildings around it were still under construction and you had to pass security checks similar to the one at an airport to get to the memorial site. Therefore, it was very interesting to see how this area had changes and how the new buildings looked like in reality.
Due to the cold winds and the sub zero (Celcius) temperatures, some water of the waterfalls had frozen.
Afterwards, we made a pit stop at Hard Rock Café and had dinner at Vapiano. The Vapiano dinner was something I had been looking forward to for months, as I did not find many comparable italian restaurants in Albuquerque. Unfortunately, this was the most disappointing meal I had ever had at a Vapiano, as both my favorite entree and my favorite desert were sold out. The entree I chose instead can best be described as spaghetti in chicken broth and pepperoni stripes. The dessert, on the other hand, was rather good.
On the way home we briefly passed by the flat iron building before calling it a night.