On our second day, we arose bright and early to seize the day. The snow was beginning to melt by now, so most of the city was back on the go. So, we grabbed a bagel for breakfast and headed to St Patrick’s Cathedral.
I often have a look in the local church wherever I travel, and will sometimes light a candle for those in my thoughts. So, there was no way I was going to skip this iconic place of worship. We didn’t stay long as Sunday mass was just beginning. So, after eyeing up the gothic architecture we walked a couple of blocks to the Rockefeller Center.
We took the elevator (lift) 70 floors up to the Top of the Rock observation deck. And, although I’d seen countless pictures of my Facebook friends here, the view we enjoyed that morning surpassed all of my expectations. We’d really looked out with the weather. To see New York under a blanket of snow from 259 meters up was truly astonishing.
Next, we took a subway downtown and emerged at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. This iconic structure spans the East River, connecting the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. We set off on the one-mile journey over the bridge. Once again, it seemed the weather gods were shining down upon us as the sun hung low and bright in a cornflower blue sky. It was a kind of winter weather that chills your extremities and simultaneously sun burns your cheeks.
We arrived on the other side of the river refreshed and enlivened. So, naturally, we went to ride on Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge park. Originally built in 1922 in Philadelphia, this fairground ride now sits, encased in a glass pavilion, on the banks of the East River. Although it may seem like a strange thing to do, the quick spin on the carousel will certainly stay with me for life.
After our ride, we headed over to the trendy neighbourhood of Williamsburg. Williamsburg was once a working class area. However, in the 1990s the area underwent a period of gentrification. Now, it is perhaps best known as one of the world’s biggest hipster havens. So, my boyfriend and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
And, I’m happy to report, we liked it. The area may no longer be at the cutting edge of fashion and art. However, it’s certainly earned its effortlessly cool status over the years. We visited a couple of bars, including the Brooklyn Brewery, Skinny Dennis, Radegast Hall and ate a delightful meal at Rabbithole. Fed and watered, we then retired to our comfy hotel beds in Manhattan.