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YOU may recall the final scene in Planet of the Apes where Charlton Heston is brought to his knees by the sight of the partially-
My partner Shirley and I also stumbled upon the Statue accidentally, as we searched for our hotel in Downtown Manhattan. Our first glimpse of her across the Hudson River from Battery Park City brought an equally extreme level of emotion, but of awe not anguish.
Given by France as a token of friendship, between 1886 and 1924, she bade welcome to almost 14 million immigrants entering the USA through New York. Now here she was greeting two weary visitors from England and giving instant validation to our trip.
It would have been rude not to have visited her as soon as possible and so, the next day, we took the short, packed ferry ride across to get a closer look at the most photographed 'woman' in the world.
Since she stands 150ft from outstretched torch to toe, pro rata she may have some human challengers for that title although the surge of ferry passengers to the starboard side as she came within camera range attested otherwise.
Her warm salutation was not matched by the weather when we put a tick in another box by climbing (okay, taking two elevators up 86 floors) to the observatory level of the Empire State Building.
Scudding rain clouds surrendered only occasional glimpses of the city laid out beneath like a model village, but the price of admission included a free return after 10pm.
Then, under clear skies, the night-
Admission prices to this and other must-
The busiest train station in the USA celebrated its 100th birthday this year and it is easy to distinguish those accessing its functionality from those assessing its grandeur. The former, scurrying for trains, often have to detour around the latter who, stock-
Outside, above Grand Central's 42nd Street entrance, is another famous timepiece, the largest Tiffany clock in the world at 14ft in diameter.
It sits close to the company's flagship store on Fifth Avenue, which has to be traversed as a first-
Tiffany's renown is such that most will think window shopping here can be the height of their ambitions. A stroll inside proved Tiffany has some iconic jewellery within a modest price range yet carrying a priceless cache.
The luminosity of its higher-
We walked a great number of miles in New York – and rode an even greater number on its subway, £20 each buying us a week's travelling – so it was only right that we indulged ourselves with a carriage ride around Central Park.
Here there are three groups of people; locals enjoying its many amenities, tourists, and those seeking to get the first two to part with some money. All manner of park performers offer entertainment of varying standards, most eye-
Chinatown, Little Italy and the Flatiron Building – the first to use a steel skeleton which ushered in the skyscraper era – were all visited with judicious use of the subway and a helping hand from passers-
You may incline to eschew all of the above in favour of your own itinerary, but please take the Circle Line Sightseeing boat ride around the island, and when you book ask for a trip with Malachy Murray on board as guide. Malachy – actor, writer and philosopher – enhances the views passed on the two-
That there is no mention here of New York's welter of museums may suggest a philistine nature, but it was more an issue of time. In mitigation we were both appreciative of the striking blue and purple painting by renowned artist Sol LeWitt which dominates the 15-
It is one of around 2,000 works of contemporary art in the Conrad New York and many adorn the walls of the hotel's 463 suites, including our 12th-
LeWitt's painting, entitled Loopy Doopy, lent its name to the hotel's rooftop bar, from which we gained our last night-
Published: October 5, 2013
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