Manhattan: Central Park, Top of the Rock and Brooklyn Bridge

With our first day done and dusted, Eamon and I went to bed surprisingly early and that meant we woke up super early too. I can honestly say that a 6 am start has not happened in a really long time! We decided to explore Manhattan on our second day as we had to meet friends in Central Park. One thing I can say is, walking in Manhattan from Central Park to Brooklyn Bridge is no easy feat! I was exhausted at the end of our day, my step count was about 27000 steps! It was insanity! But, it is an incredibly unique experience avoiding the public transport and taking strolls through the city.

Central Park

We started off on the north side of Central Park and made our way down all the way to the South end. The South end is definitely more of a tourist spot. It has boat rides in the lake, carnival rides and horse carriages on display. The north side is incredibly quiet and serene. You feel like you are in a forest and not in the middle of New York City. It was a very surreal experience. We chased a few chipmunks to try and get a photo (didn’t succeed) and took a slow stroll past the Jackie Onassis reservoir. This was eerily quiet too. We met our friends by a little lake and took a ride on one of the rowboats. Eamon did most of the rowing, although Ella did try her hand at it too.

Central Park Lake

Central Park 1

Central Park Boat

Top of the Rock

The next logical choice for us was to head along 5th Avenue to the Rockafeller Center. The observation deck was on the “to-do” list in NYC. However, to be honest, there is one other view trumps the “Top of the Rock” (this will come later). The elevator ride was quite impressive, it takes 42 seconds to take you to the 67th floor. There were a lot of “oohs and aahs” for the light show, just in case, 42 seconds is too long a wait for some. The view from the top was pretty amazing, but there are a lot of people competing for the best view. So, it becomes a little tiresome trying to enjoy the experience. We made our way down and walked through the city towards Brooklyn Bridge.

Top of the Rock 2

Top of the Rock St Thomas Church

Brooklyn Bridge

Of course, we didn’t make it as far as the Bridge before I gave in and decided we needed a bit of subway help. So, we took the metro the last bit of the way to keep our energy up for walking across the bridge and exploring a little bit of Brooklyn. Brooklyn Bridge, the connector between Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn is immense. It is one of the oldest bridges in the United States and it is beautiful! I think it is pretty obvious why people flock here to take pictures, some even have their wedding pictures taken on the bridge! This bridge was super stressful to cross. Dodging cyclists, photographers, slow tourists, fast tourists and anything else you can think of. It is a lot to take in and not for the faint-hearted!


Brooklyn Bridge 2

Brooklyn Bridge

However, we made it across and had a sneaky Shake Shack dinner before heading home for the evening and putting our feet up after a REALLY long day!

Shake Shack