Before we could do anything, today we needed to pack our cases and check out of the room. We’d been really happy with the Martinque on Broadway as a base. We made use of their left luggage service, grabbed a coffee and donut each from the street seller outside and walked down 6th Avenue the opposite way.
We walked all the way through the Village and through Chinatown to the Brooklyn Bridge. Although we saw it last time, we didn’t walk it, so that was our first mission of the day. Whilst it was packed, it was fun and provided some cracking views of Manhattan.
We found our way to DUMBO on the other side of the river and got a great view of the bridge and the island. Keith was in his element as this side of the river is used in so many films, particularly Woody Allen films.
We stopped for a bite to eat at Luke’s Lobster https://goo.gl/maps/voCai1dnyyrBBLw76 directly under the Brooklyn bridge- some delicious chowder which did a good job of warming us up, before crossing the river via water taxi to Wall St for just $2.75.
We then walked from the water taxi harbour to Statten Island Ferry terminal at the bottom of whitehall street. The Statten Island Ferry is free to ride – you do not need a ticket, so ignore those selling them as you go in
We enjoyed the Ferry ride and got a good view of The Statue of Liberty. We’ve been here before and did the proper tour which gets you much closer and probably is worth it, if budget isn’t an issue. We wanted to ride on the Statten Island ferry as its historic and we’d not done it before. If budget is a consideration for you, then you can get a good view of the statue by sitting on the right of the ferry as you leave Manhattan, or right as you leave Statten Island terminal. There looked to be a good outlet village here which I’d have liked to visit had we more time.
Once returning immediately on the next ferry back to Manhattan, we walked up Wall St to the One World Observatory.
We went up here last time – its a must see – so skipped it today, however wanted to pay our respects at the memorial, especially considered London had been hot with another terror attack the previous day. It still astounds me watching people take selfies here. I love a selfie, but not here – it just doesn’t feel right.
From OWO we walked up back through China Town and into Little Italy where we enjoyed a wonderful traditional Italian meal – we went mad on the ordering as it was to be our final meal and hopefully would last us through the flight home. We just love these traditional Italian restaurants in Little Italy – they ooze character and make you feel like your in an episode of the Sopranos!
From Little Italy we walked all the way back to our hotel, through the Village where we admired all christmas displays and watched as people lugged home their christmas trees, having just brought them off a street seller. Our final day clocked up 14 miles on foot! We grabbed our bags, made our way back to JFK airport via the train and checked in for our flight home.
We had had a brilliant time!