I am now back in New York as part of the best 30th Birthday present ever (thanks to Jessica) where I will be heading to Cooperstown (in VIP styles) to see Griffey get inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Scott, the old man and myself have built an amazing holiday around this and we will be taking in the sights and sounds (plus heaps of baseball games) of New York, Boston, Washington and Baltimore.
10 hours to Abu Dhabi with a 3 hour lay-over and then a 14 hour flight to New York! That’s a total of 27 hours to get to New York… and it was worth it.
I ended up having a nap at the airport during our lay-over as I didn’t get any sleep on the first leg – mainly because I wasn’t to get as much sleep as possible on the second leg, but also because of figity mcgee (father) sitting next to me.
If you are planning to head to New York, definitely fly with Etihad via Abu Dhabi as we were able to do our U.S customs in Abu Dhabi. This meant that when we arrived in New York we were able to collect our bags and walk straight out! No waiting 3 hours to get through customs in New York.
New York High Line
We arrived at the Row NYC at about 12:00pm and to get over the flight and we exposed ourselves to some much needed sunshine, fresh air and to get the body moving – the New York High Line was first on out list.
To get to the high line we jumped on the Subway and headed downtown to 34st – Hudson Yard. Jessica and I had the high line on the list of things to do when we were last in New York, however I don’t think we would have made the whole walk in minus 10 degree temperatures. Today however was a perfect day to walk the high line with the sun out and temperatures in the high 20’s.
For those that don’t know the New York High Line is a 1.45-mile-long (2.3km for those playing at home) linear park built in Manhattan on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad. We walked from the start of the High Line at Hudson Yard to the Chelsea Markets. Apart from having to dodge kids hunting Pokemon, we were able to take the walk at our own pace, allowing us to take in the great views and experience a slice of New York as we walked through high-rises.
After walking a few km’s on the New York High Line we were feeling a tad thirsty so we checked out the Chelsea Markets, located in the Meatpacking District. Chelsea Market has become one of the greatest indoor food halls of the world, with more than 35 vendors – everything from soup to nuts, wine to coffee, cheese to cheesecake. However we just wanted to drop in for a couple of beers to cure our hard earn thirst.
Walking through Chelsea Markets I feel that it definitely deserves more time and attention than we were able to give it today (will look to head back), but I can say with certainty that the U.S Kolsch we had went down a treat. At about 5pm and after a few beers we had all finally hit the wall after our 24hours of flying and headed back to the hotel.
On our way back to the hotel we thought why not stop buy lids for a sneaky look. We did get lost on the way and Scott was stripped of his navigating privileges after 2 wrong turns, but most importantly I am now set for Yankee’s game tomorrow and Cooperstown with a special edition Griffey Mariners cap.
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