27.06.2016 - 27.06.2016
A proper sleep-in would have been nice this morning, but with a body still set at Swedish time it didn’t quite happen that way. Hotel breakfast was okay, it satisfied your hunger at least. This particular morning you could tell that something definitely had been burned in the kitchen since a heavy smoke had spread in the dining area. Once back in our hotel room both we and our clothes saturated in the burnt smoke.
The plan for today was to visit Central Park. The warm frowzy air remained in New York and held the city in a firm iron grip and it was even worse down in the subway. We bought us a 7 Day Metro Card each and then took the B-train to 103rd Street to enter Central Park. It was warm and frowzy outside even though it was still morning, probably close to +30 °C and maybe more. But it was endurable thanks to shadows given by the trees in the green leafy park. Since I had been in Central Park before I knew which way to go for me and my brother to see the most scenic parts of Central Park like the well-known the Mall, Alice in Wonderland (though it was closed due to annual cleaning of the statue), Imagine, Turtle Pond etc. We strolled around in the park during a couple of hours and saw beside well-known statues and monuments also classic street artists and carriages and of course the police. Every time I’m in the US I wonder at how many officers they have patrolling the streets. That’s not something you’re used to if you live in Sweden. A Cheeseburger each had to do as lunch since neither my brother nor I could eat more due to the terrible heat outside.
When we left Central Park in its southeast corner we weren’t that far away from Dylan’s Candy Bar. New York is not known for being a cheap city and the prices in this candy store you will have to cough up money if you feel the need for sugar. Despite scandalous prices, Dylan’s Candy Bar is definitely worth paying a visit even though you leave empty-handed. There is candy in all its colors and flavors, for both children and adults. Candy can be found on two out of total three floors and on the third floor is a café.
We took the subway back to Grand Central Station for a quick visit inside the magnificent building. In the main entrance a 360° movie theater was set up where they showed a movie about the nature and landmarks of Italy. We were fortune enough to be just in time for the last film show of the day. It was a 10 minute movie and I wasn’t that impressed even though it was my first 360° movie. The temporary movie theater was poorly set up and the projectors didn’t overlap very well. But on the other hand, what could you expect when it was for free?
While close to the UN Headquarters we walked over there and took some pictures at the iconic UN Building. Then a smooth ride with the subway back to the hotel for resting before dinner at Rossini’s Restaurant. Say what you want about the restaurant itself, but it was absolutely nothing wrong with the food. At least it was a tasty chicken and great wine. When back at the hotel again we took the opportunity to visit the roof top bar. From up here we had an excellent view of Empire State Building which we would benefit from the upcoming 4th of July Weekend, when the building was lighted up by red-white-blue colors in various patterns.