This article was written 15 years ago in 2005 when I was just 20, so I ask you not to judge the writing too harshly! The text is as it was originally published.

Well James and I got cultured today. We got up early morning (ish), partially due to poor sleeping. Our room at hostel last night was sparse to say the least, even if it was private. We headed into downtown Manhattan again and went through the streets to find the NYPD museum which the guidebook recommends as a stop. A couple of hours later we emerged back into the heat and took the subway to Canal Street (cheers for the tip Oli) and ate fried rice/noodles for lunch before trawling the rows of tacky electrical and tourist shops.

DDS might be interested to know that The Trump Building on Wall Street was one of our many stops along the way for suitably posey photo opportunities.

We decided to walk back through Central Park, arriving at the hotel/hostel mid afternoon in time to book back into our room and get ready for our evening 'on Broadway'. Although not strictly budgeted for, we splashed out on 'TKTS' for STOMP, the acclaimed dustbinlid-banging, brush-sweeping and lighter-flicking theatre show (Good tip off Devito; knew you couldn't have been put on earth for no reason). Highly impressed, we watched the whole show on very little resources, and decided once everything was over to go and get some proper food. This roundabout trip extended until the early hours of the morning with stops being made at the Brooklyn Bridge (part 2, by night), Times Square and the highly impressive Empire State Building observatory. This is definitely the best time to view the spectacular skylines from above.

Overall another jam-packed day, and it looks like if we are mad enough (not sure where the money is coming from) we may end up on Broadway tomorrow night for another show... (not that our hotel isn't on Broadway either, but you know what I mean).

This post was first published on Wed Sep 14 2005

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