'They will see a lot more of Brooklyn than you will!'

– Comment made by the tour guide when he asked why I wasn't doing the bus tour with mum and dad and I told him I had booked a walking tour for the following day.

Before taking mum and dad down to meet their Brooklyn Bus tour we squeezed in a coffee and a treat at mum's favourite coffee place in Chelsea.
Mum looked pleased with the selection.
But not as happy as dad!
Mum managed to get my camera to work on this tour. (She kept turning it on and off when I sent them up The Empire State building!) As I did not go with them I have no idea what the photos are of.
Mum and dad loved their tour and got off the bus just as the downpour started.
We could not resist a stop at Mc Sorleys, the oldest irish Pub in New York on the way home.

Prior to the 1970 the motto here was “Good Ale, Raw Onions and No Ladies”

The inside of the pub has not changed much since the 1860s. There was even still saw dust on the floor.
One for each hand! You get two 3/4 filled beers for $5.00. Dad was thrilled with his bargain!
That night we had 'the last supper' in Hell's Kitchen to celebrate mum and dad's second last night in New York. Despite the look on their faces we actually had a lovely meal.
We were a little under dressed but I was pretty chuffed with my new t-shirt.
We met Max outside the Woolworth building
And slowly made our way towards the bridge…
A groovy new apartment building in downtown Manhattan.
The walk across the bridge began……
I particularly enjoyed this plaque in the middle of the bridge.
'Back of every great work we can find the self sacrificing devotion of a woman.'
The bridge offered great views back to downtown Manhattan.
When we made it to the other side we walked into DUMBO, (Down Under Manhattan bridge Overpass) a groovy area with warehouse conversions, coffee shops and restaurants.
These blow up rats are ordered and placed outside workplaces when there is a union dispute going on. This one was obviously about asbestos.
We walked through the new Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The tour finished with a walk into Brooklyn Heights, where you get a lot more bang for you buck than in Manhattan.
We were surprised by how quiet it was in Brookyn compared to the constant honking and sirens in Manhattan.
We had lunch at this wonderful cafe before heading home.
We enjoyed the art work on the subway on the way home.

Although mum and dad saw a lot more of Brooklyn than we did, we loved our third walking tour with City Rovers and would not hesitate to recommend it to others. If you are heading to New York take the time to cross the bride to Brooklyn. You will not be disappointed.


There are a lot of free things to do in New York. Below is a selection of some of the free things we checked out.
The New York Public Library offers free tours. We rushed to make the 11 am tour but ditched the tour after about five minutes on Dad's request and explored the building by ourselves.

'Patience and Fortitude, the world-renowned pair of marble lions that stand proudly before the majestic Beaux-Arts building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan, have captured the imagination and affection of New Yorkers and visitors from all over the world since the Library was dedicated on May 23, 1911.'

New York Public Library website

Markets are held regularly in New York and we checked out the Green Market in Union Square.
We managed to sniff out all of the stalls offering free samples! Mum seemed particular attracted to the wine!

MOMA (The Musuem of Modern Art) has free entry of a Friday night from 4 pm to 8 pm. I wrongly assumed we would be one of only a handful of people there. Boy was I wrong! The line to get in went out of the door and around the corner but thankfully moved quickly.
We only really enjoyed the art on the upper levels.
My favourite painting of all time, Van Gogh's Stary night.
Those eyebrows looked familiar.
Nick and Mum liked this random helicopter……


One of my favourite free things to do in New York was to shoot down to the theatre district to enter the 'Book of Mormon' lottery for cheap front row and box seats.

First time lucky??? I arrived 45 minutes before the draw and stood against the wall. A long line formed behind me which we later found out was totally unnecessary!
Unfortunately because it was a holiday weekend we picked the busiest night in months!

The Lottery guys and their golden barrel.

The Book of Mormon Lottery was definitely entertaining, especially when Lottery Dude, my favourite lottery man was on duty! On two occasions with the first ticket he pulled out he yelled, “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!”
Unfortunately I was not the only person in the crowd to respond with Oi, Oi, Oi!
Attempt 5: Maybe mum will be my lucky charm!
Random celebrities! We had no idea who this guy was but assumed he was in the show as he was signing autographs out the front.
Attempt 7: Perhaps giving the card a kiss will improve my chances!

Unfortunately after seven attempts we remainded unlucky but we certainly had a lot of fun trying! The doorman from the hotel across the road showed a lot more endurance than us. He has tried and failed over 100 times!

If you planning to visit New York check out this great link below.

Free things to do in New York City


'I am happy to visit one church a day with a maximum of two churches for the whole trip!'

– Dad's response when I asked if he was happy to visit a few churches.


Our prayers started early that morning, not in a church but in the The Australian pub where we watched the State of Origin decider.

The pub was full with mostly NSW supporters. Thankfully our prayers were answered (not Nick's though) with a Queensland win.
The first church on our list was The Cathedral Church of St. John The Divine.
There was an extremely bizarre but interesting art exhibition on in the church by a South African artist with an apartheid theme.
St.Patrick's Cathedral was next on the list. It was just a shame it was under scaffolding, inside and out as I am sure it was beautiful!

That was the church quota filled for the trip and we were looking forward to our Brooklyn Bridge adventures!

'Take your time and take it all in. It's a dramatic view of New York City that you just can't get anywhere else.'

Top of the Rock website

We decided to go to the Top of the Rocks as we had been told the views were better than the ones from the Empire State building mainly because you can get to see The Empire State Building. Mum and Dad went to the top of the Empire State building as well but Mum kept turning my camera off when she thought she was taking a photo! Doh!
On the way to The Rockefeller Center we enjoyed watching these guys trying to get their food vans across four lanes of traffic on one of New York's busiest avenues!
The entrance to the lift area was rather flash with this chandelier.
As promised the view were amazing! Looking Uptown towards Central Park.
We LOVE catching iPad tourists!
Looking down on Fifth Avenue and St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Looking downtown towards The Empire State building.
Dad managed to get his finger on top of The Empire State building with his first try!
Mum was another matter!
The wind was playing havoc with our hair on the top deck. At least Dad didn't need to worry!
Safely downstairs again looking up at where we had been.
The Entrance to the Rockefeller Centre
In Rockefeller Plaza
Outside Radio City Music Hall where America's Got Talent live shows were being recorded.
Sending Dad home on the bus by himself for the first time was a bit of a worry. We thought a photo would be helpful when the police asked what he was wearing!

We would thoroughly recommend a visit to the Top of the Rocks for anyone visiting New York to view the 'stunning panoramas of the city's energy, wonder and beauty.'