New York City in Autumn (Fall)


After about 20 hours of flying from our home in Queensland to New York City (stopping in LA overnight to regain some bodily functions), we finally arrived at JFK International.

New York has changed in many ways since our last visit and probably the most noticeable change was the technology being used in Times Square – looking a little like Las Vegas with all the huge video screens and lights. Of course some of the other changes are the 9/11 memorial and the new, just opened, One World Trade Centre which is a fabulous building to visit (I won’t spoil it for you but make sure your video is switched on ready to go when you get in the lift going up and also going down – an experience worth filming).

Times Square is still buzzing as it always has but at night it takes on an atmosphere not unlike daylight with all the illumination created by the huge advertising screens.

We returned to New York after some years on this visit to see our son now living in Brooklyn and enjoy (or try to survive) the famous ‘deli’ sandwiches of New York. I had at least 10 different Reuben Sandwiches and have to confess that I am hooked. We tried them everywhere – including the famous Katz’s Deli where Meg Ryan made orgasms over food famous. I would like to especially mention also the Brooklyn Diner on Times Square where we ate a couple of times and was not disappointed – if you like hot dogs, try their ’15 bite’ hot dog or maybe try the Turkey Reuben.  Enough talk about all this food – I’m getting indigestion just reminiscing and I haven’t even mentioned the ‘All you can eat’ crabs and lobster rolls we had with nice chilled beer – enough already!

The weather was kind and with a real chill at times but the chill was welcome because leaves won’t turn unless there is a chill and one of my priorities on this trip to was see Central Park in the fall. It didn’t disappoint.

Most of the usual things tourists do in New York have already been done before on our earlier trip but can anyone pass the Statue of Liberty and not take a photo? Especially when I was lucky enough to pass it on sunset crossing to Staten Island on the ferry.

Meeting some of the local New Yorkers made the trip special – whether it was a lady’s bare backside with the letters NY painted on them or locals playing chess in Union Square or the local fisherman at Coney Island we met – it added the ingredient to the trip that cannot be duplicated elsewhere.

We hope you enjoy some of what we experienced in the photos below……

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