Day 5: 19th Dec 2013
Our last day, was dedicated to 5th Avenue shopping as well as the Empire State Building. But first, we had to head down to Lower Manhattan once again to see Washington Square Park as well as have lunch at Momofuku Noodle Bar before we said a temporary goodbye to this city.
WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK
The words “let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of god. – Washington” can be seen at the top of this monument from the front.
ON THE WAY TO LINCOLN CENTER
So on the way to Lincoln Center, we passed Time Warner Center again and took a few snapshots, as it was indeed our last day here in NYC.
To the right of Lincoln Center is also the Julliard School, a music conservatory which is considered as the world’s leading music school! I had to capture this for my sister who didn’t have the chance to travel with us. This is the school which she always talks about !
So we left to make our way to 5th Avenue to do some shopping. As Lincoln Centrer was on the West side of Central Park and 5th Avenue was towards the East side, we had to travel past Central Park for one last time. And we captured several things which we didn’t from the first day.
At the intersection of Central Park South and 5th Avenue is Grand Army Plaza. There at the intersection, is the bronze statue ‘General William Tecumseh Sherman’ by Augustus Saint-Gaudens which features the equestrian William who sits beside Victory who on one hand is holding onto a palm fond and the other pointing forward.
5th Avenue is splendid at night that we were able to capture a lot of how the shops were decorated. We visited FAO Schwartz which unfortunately has been closed since June/July 2015 😦
The Tiffany & Co store really did stop traffic. It’s exterior design is so splendid and magical to look at. Even the window displays are so magical.
We also stumbled upon these figures whilst making our way to the Empire State Building.
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
It may be confusing to find the main entrance to Empire State Building if you decide just by looking at the building, but you are to enter from 5th Avenue. So when buying our tickets, we got the ‘Main Deck + Top Deck’ tickets which gives access to not only the 86th floor but also the 102nd floor as well! Adult tickets are $44 and for child ages 6-12 is $38. If you don’t want to wait in line, you can get Express for $67 per person. But that was way too much and we didn’t really mind waiting in line. It turned out that night, there wasn’t much of a wait at all. Be aware that going to these attractions, there are security checks so this does add more time.
Down at the lobby during Christmas, there are several window decorations as well which are so nice to look at. Can you believe the below photograph is a picture of the Empire State building made from candy ?!
The view at night, is spectacular.
We couldn’t say goodbye to New York without visiting Time Square once again.
New York had been an amazing trip ! There was so much to do but glad we managed to cover off the major attractions in 5 days. Well it’s not forever goodbye. New York, see you next time !