Our hotel rooms were small…

Awesome

Heya blog! I’m back! Yes – came back from the Big Apple on Friday morning and managed to avoid the effects of jet lag by staying up like normal. Before we get to the most-requested photos it’s time for some observations about New York! Firstly – it’s not America! OK, maybe it is, but it’s very Londony too. I’m talking about the public transport, the lack of fat people walking around (sorry – stereotype but hey ) and all sorts of little touches that reminded me of home.

There are differences, of course. In London you sometimes wander into the road, decide you won’t make it and go back to the pavement. In New York, oh no you don’t! By the time you’re in the middle of the gigantic crossings you’re a million miles from the sidewalk so you might as well plough on and avoiding getting run over by the ubiquitous yellow taxis.

American TV is also… shit. Don’t get me wrong, they make some great programmes, but it’s still unwatchable due to the constant adverts. Fox News also stuck me as not only horrible, but really unprofessional too. And they have no idea how to interview without you hearing both people talking at once.

America does manage to completely outdo Britain sometimes though. Grand Central station is so beautiful compared to Paddington (where we left from). The buildings everywhere are huge and the grid system actually makes a hell of a lot of sense. That said, a lot of areas were instantly recognisable. Harlem? Harlseden. (Yup – we did lots of shopping in Harlem.) Bits of the village area remind me of Camden, while the concentrated areas of Chinese \ Italian etc people are familiar too.

Oh, and on the last day I managed to gain free access to the PC in the hotel lobby. Silly kiosk system they were using was too easy. Hehe!

Right – enough of me, and onto the photos, which kinda tell the story of where we went anyway. Enjoy!

Our hotel rooms were small…

Our hotel rooms were small…

…but it did have a lovely rooftop garden

…but it did have a lovely rooftop garden

Public ice skating. Pretty.

Public ice skating. Pretty.

Times Square! (Even better at night)

Times Square! (Even better at night)

This made me laugh though – feeling smug Pingu?

This made me laugh though – feeling smug Pingu?

Beautiful Guggenheim museum

Beautiful Guggenheim museum

The one and only Statue of Liberty – amazing to see it for real, as it were

The one and only Statue of Liberty – amazing to see it for real, as it were

This can only mean one thing… Radio City Music Hall!

This can only mean one thing… Radio City Music Hall!

Featuring the most amazing restrooms ever

Featuring the most amazing restrooms ever

Here’s our teacher running away from a Rockette

Here’s our teacher running away from a Rockette

Oh look, there’s me

Oh look, there’s me

Strange photo of me on top of the world

Strange photo of me on top of the world

And here’s the breathtaking view from the Empire State

And here’s the breathtaking view from the Empire State

You know you’re in Chinatown when you see…

You know you’re in Chinatown when you see…

On the wonderful Brooklyn Bridge

On the wonderful Brooklyn Bridge

Those slats don’t scare me

Those slats don’t scare me

What an advert! Only in America

What an advert! Only in America

OK OK – I guess Windows was the big loser here :-)

OK OK – I guess Windows was the big loser here

Well, I hope that satisfied the people who have been on at me to blog! Goodnight! (Oh and incidentally, I was always wearing that coat because another thing New York outdoes London in is the cold. Brrr!)

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15 Comments on :
Awesome

  1. Alex Newman says:

    The tv isn’t that bad, but then I’ve never seen british tv. And fox news does suck, but theres all the other stations, so thats not important. For crossing the street, thats mostly true, but I’m assuming you were mostly in Manhattan. And there are plenty of fat people in New York

  2. Will says:

    Kinda takes your breathe away doesn’t it!

    Something about Times Square that amazes me so much! Everytime I see it I think dirty, smelly and boiling hot with dust balls floating by! (In a good way). I just love it (this was in the summer though)!!!

    Manage to get a ride in a taxi, lol?

  3. Jake says:

    It looks truely amazing! You really do get a great view of New York whilst on top of the Empire state, Statue of Liberty is just fucking great! (soz for the swearing!:oops You’re right it does get very cold! When i was there back in December it was sooo cold i couldnt stand it Although i managed to in the end.

    Looks like you had a hell of a trip!

  4. Claire says:

    wow! that must of been so cool! Mr Buchanan must of had fun lol. I still hate u cos u went with out me….u cud of packed me in ure suitcase

  5. Pingu says:

    Yay, great pics!

    Whereabouts was the hotel you stayed in?

  6. Rob says:

    Good pics, hope it was worth going too, as I’m sure it was

  7. Red Dalek says:

    Wow – thanks for all your comments

    The hotel was http://www.pickwickarms.com/index.php Pingu – 230 East 51st Street

    Oh and yes, there’s a blizzard now! Haha

  8. Jake says:

    Aw man, wish i was there!

  9. Nath-O says:

    I think I would have fainted if i was walking accross those slats

    Cool pics anyway Dom, glad you had a good time.

  10. olly says:

    wow!! mr buchanan went with you!!!
    u lucky thing he rocks
    amazing photos thou!

  11. FABIO says:

    i wana know why exactly is Huda hugging you on brooklyn bridge. Doesnt she hate us and think your going to die alone and bitter?

  12. Red Dalek says:

    We hadn’t got to that yet

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