Travel Diary | NYC Day 3 | Empire State Building and Grand Central Station
28th April 2015
As were staying in Times Square, we were easily in walking distance of the Empire State Building. My top tip would be to get their early (8am) to avoid the queues. We literally went straight to the top with no waiting around what so ever.
It was raining a little bit when we got to the top but it didn’t spoil the view too much.
(The photographs in this post are a mixture of those from my camera, those from my phone and those from my mum’s camera, so the quality is very mixed!)
*This is the “I promise I went to New York but I felt super ill and so I avoided all photographs” photo.
*Cute but crappy phone-quality family selfie.
*Power to the bloggers!
*Tried to be all arty and stuff.
Afterwards we decided to take a look at some of the shops in the area. I popped into a Lush where the shop assistant kept telling me she loved my accent. I also picked up some super cheap OPI nail polishes from a perfume shop (3 for £15!!). When we needed a toilet stop we went into a Macy’s and had a coffee to perk us up.
My dad asked how far away Grand Central Station was from where we by the Empire State Building, so after consulting our maps we decided that it would be worth the walk.
It is such an incredible building both inside and out.
And very dark on a dull day. I wish we’d been there to see the light pouring through those windows.
By the time we’d walked back to Times Square we were exhausted and in desperate need of food. We wanted to try some real American food in a real American Diner, and so we went to Ellen’s Stardust Diner. What an experience! All the staff at the diner are incredible singers and they each take it in turn to sing a song from a Broadway show. Our waitress sang Popular from Wicked when it was her turn.
I’d highly recommend this diner because it’s like going to see a Broadway show without having to pay the high costs. Every year the diner loses many of their staff to Broadway shows because they are just so talented. Plus, the food is pretty damn good. I went for the double cheese burger and fries. Yum yum!
We walked back to the hotel and I gave in shortly after. My cold was getting the better of me and my energy was incredibly low. After having complementary drinks at the hotel I went to bed. What a light weight!
Enjoyed this post? Next Tuesday I’ll be sharing my last NYC Travel Diary post, featuring the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.