It’s the morning after Christmas. But the US ones just begins and with the vision of empty streets and peaceful day we are leaving The Evelyn hotel in an early hour. Until now we believed that a good morning starts with a cup of hot coffee. From now it is a cup of coffee and breathtaking view of the Flatiron building which is just a few steps away from our hotel and becomes our daily companion.
Christmas morning in New York is really peaceful. Beautiful sunny weather we enjoy every time when we stand in the shadow of one of New York’s skyscrapers. Thus, in our humble opinion, Chrysler building rules them all. The first and for us the most architecturally beautiful high-rise building in New York. The edges of wide streets lined with parked yellow taxis, everywhere is peace and relative quiet.
One of the things that you mostly did not find in guide books and pleased us most completely, is theRoosevelt Island Tramway. Cablecar which travels along the Queensboro bridge and Manhattan, lifts you within a few minutes to the Roosevelt Island. With its mild buildings, lots of greenery, friendly chipmunks and breathtaking views of Manhattan it became our #futurehomegoals (read it “We want to go there and live there NOW!”). Back to the cable car: You can ride on it as long as you want (we did it four times) because it is free if you have MetroCard. And it is really awesome experience!
At 3:30 pm we had scheduled the main point of the day – visit of the Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock observation deck. We purchased tickets before online so we could skip about 200 people standing in queue and we had direct transfer to 70th floor. The scheduled time was not a complete coincidence, we wanted to see Manhattan drenched in rays of the setting sun. Lower Manhattan, the Empire State Building, One World or “low” building in Soho, it’s all we have at hand. And just few steps to the other side of the observation deck and you can see Central Park. Slightly grayed out (can you imagine its look on fall?), but still majestic.
During the week we visited two another views but for us was the Top of the Rock the best place to see the birds-view New York.
We left Rockefeller Center after more than 2 hours, full of impressions and emotions. With empty stomachs we visited Korean bistro and as the cherry on top, we ended at the Apple Store on 5th Avenue buying the book Designed by Apple in California.
Just one more thing about the American Christmas. The “rule” about empty streets, peaceful quiet was valid until lunchtime. When people unpacked all gifts, the city gradually began to fill up again and in the evening it looked like a normal business day. But it is not a coincidence..New York said to be the city that never sleeps 😉
Text: Mes Hommes
Photo: Mes Hommes