There’s always something new to do in New York City. I’m lucky to have been there several times over the last few years, and I’m never bored.
If you’ve seen my last couple of posts, you’ll already know that at the start of this month we saw the 9/11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan for the first time. But while we were in the city, we also visited several other sights we’d never been to before.
Although it was steaming hot, we arrived in the middle of a downpour, and were soaked within minutes. In an effort to escape the rain, we decided to stop in at the New York Public Library (the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, to be accurate), which turned out to be a great decision.
Firstly, there’s a really interesting display on children’s books going on there right now. (To be honest, I dream of a day when Jaspa’s Journey will be part of such an exhibit.) Even more exciting, for three days only, leading up to the 4th of July, New York’s copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights were on display. It was incredible to see two such historic documents, especially just by chance.
The next day we got to go inside two buildings I’ve been desperate to tour since the first time I visited New York. The first of these was the United Nations building, a truly fascinating place. And even though the main General Assembly Hall is currently being renovated (and so closed to the public), rather than detracting from the tour, it just gives us an excuse to go back one day.
It isn’t quite true to say I’ve never been inside the second building before, but – perhaps surprisingly – I’ve never been up it. And when you’re talking about the Empire State Building, ‘up’ is the only place to be. Despite the heat haze and threat of thunderstorms, the views of Manhattan and beyond were stunning.
So that’s a couple more things ticked off my Big Apple bucket list. Only a few hundred left to go!