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Monday, September 15, 2008

Day 14: New York City

Cathedral of St John the Divine

American Museum of Natural History
The museum where the movie Night at the Museum was shot.

This is the T-Rex that appeared in the movie.

Central Park
The oasis of New York City

Boating is very popular here.

Strawberry Fields
A section in the park that is a tribute to John Lennon. Not as the name suggested, there is no strawberry here.. :D

The trishaw man told the girls, "Are you kidding me? Three of you for the price of one?" :P

Ray's Pizza at 50th street
Not a glamorous place at all, but frequented by many movie stars for its pizza.

John Travolta and Keanu Reeves in pictures.

So plain but still so good

Buffalo wings, marinated with very spicy sauce that tasted like Tabasco. Not my favourite.

Fifth Avenue

NYC other names - Big Apple

Disney Store

Louis Vuitton

Cute advertisement on Volkswagen

Many people were crowded in front of Abercrombie and Fitch so I went there to take a look. A bare chested male model in jeans stood in front of the store, accompanied by a girl carrying a polaroid camera. The guy is very good looking with his mixed blood look, eww.... I regretted that I didn't take his picture. :P

Inside the store, the lightings was very dim and the music blaring like a disco club rather than a clothing store. As I walked around I noticed all the male store assistants were quite good looking too and have the physique of a model. What a good marketing ploy to attract girls to shop hehehe... It's really the best shopping experience I ever encountered. :)

Trump Tower at Fifth Avenue
Donald Trump sells everything under the sun. Count the Trumps!

Three floors of dining area

Memorabilia from his reality TV show "The Apprentice"

Trump Vodka

Trump Golf

Trump as a fashion label

And his restaurants:

I really couldn't think of any other businessman like him. :)

Rockefeller Center
I love the open air area at the Rockefeller Center. There are many outdoor sitting area around the plaza for us to take a rest or simply to admire its Greek influenced sculptures. When Christmas is approaching, the place is converted to a skating rink with a giant Christmas tree in front of the GE Building (remember Home Alone 2?) As for the interior, the ceilings were painted almost like Sistine Chapel, hehehe... The GE Building is 70-storey high and has an observatory level to view NYC skyline. The ticket to Top of the Rock (that's how they call it) was pretty expensive, so we decided to give it a miss. Maybe next time if we come back again.

GE Building at Rockefeller Center

The Atlas

Garden in front of Rockefeller Center

Times Square at night

Games on billboard

Legally Blonde in musical

M&M on top of Empire State Building

Famous road names in NYC

This was the last day of our stay, overall I enjoyed NYC as a tourist destination. Many attractions are available to entice the tourists, but if to stay here for a long period I would have to think it again carefully. It wasn't a nice place to live in if you are not seriously loaded. The majority of people who work in Manhattan are staying outside the city because of the high standard of living here. Only a fraction is staying in Manhattan. That may sounds cool, but with the traffic jam in NYC even if you own a Lamborghini will be useless. It is faster to take a subway or if you want really fast, you need a helicopter. Like what I saw Donald Trump always did on his reality TV show.

What I learned from Sex and the City episodes didn't give me a very true impression of NYC. It isn't really that cool after all.

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