We had arrived the night before, taken a cab from JFK into Manhattan, dropped our bags and headed out for a quick drink. It had to be quick. It was late, very late compared to UK time and we wanted to be up early to go for a jog around the resevoir in Central Park. When we awoke the weather was glorious, a fantastic, crisp autumn morning in New York City. We headed to Central Park and on the way we picked up the equivalent of a Boris Bike for Phil so he could cycle around the resevoir whilst Greg and I jogged. I don’t know how I did it but I managed to do two laps and then jog half the way back to the hotel. I don’t think I’d ever run that far before, non-stop, in my whole life and I haven’t since, although I am still trying 🙂 Back to the hotel, quick shower, then down to the World Trade Centre via the subway after a spot of breakfast, there is nothing quite like fluffy pancakes with eggs over easy. I’d been to New York twice before now but had never been on the subway so it had to be done this time. It was also the quickest way to get around. We had a lot to see and not a lot of time to do it in. Phil had never been to NYC before so we wanted to get as much in as we could in the two full days that we had there. We had fast passes for the WTC and just as well we did, the queues were long. The lift up top was superb, with an animation playing of how New York has built up over the years displayed on the walls of the elevator, very cool. We took in the views, took a few snaps and had a quick beer at the lovely bar with views to die for. Then it was off to The Dead Rabbit (currently the best bar in the world at the time of writing) via the memorial pools of the Twin Towers footprints and Wall Street. To see the pools first hand was moving and brought back memories both good and bad. I was glad we were on a tight schedule so we didn’t dwell for too long. After freshening up at The Dead Rabbit… it has to be done in NYC, and that’s a trip on the Staten Island ferry. It’s also free of charge, which was nice. The sun was shining but it was not warm. It was bracing, shall we say. It was a nice round trip, seeing the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island etc. but it was good to get down into to the subway again, back in the warmth, and hop up to Union Square and the Flat Iron building. Had a quick bite to eat, purely by accident, after seeing a hotdog stand, pointing to something on a skewer to ask the fella what it was and he took that as an order. I only wanted to know what it was but I was hungry so took it. More fool me, was not good. A quick bit of shopping for some jeans for the boys then another quick pit stop before heading to Times Square. From there we were heading to Smith & Wollensky to meet an old colleague for dinner. I wanted to go to the Rockerfeller Centre to get the Manhattan sunset from The Top of the Rock but the queue was too long to wait for so headed on foot to the rendevous snapping as much as I could on the way. Greg and Phil sensibly went for a drink in a bar with a view and then got a cab to meet us at the steakhouse. Seeing my old friend Mike after 3 years was brilliant and we had an amazing dinner which I won’t soon forget. After a whirlwind day it was time to get a cab back to the hotel, quick beer in the bar, then bed time, ready for day 2.