Staten Island Ferry
Central Park // Belvedere Castle
We took the subway north to Central Park, and enjoyed the view from Belvedere Castle, near the museum of Natural History.
Next, we took a bus over to the Upper West Side and stopped at Levain bakery to get breakfast, consisting of a jam/butter filled baguette, a blueberry muffin, and one of their famous chocolate chip walnut cookies.
Grand Central Station // New York Public Library
After stopping briefly in a Marshall’s to look around, we took the subway to Grand Central Station via the Times Square underground shuttle, stopping inside the station and also walking in the the New York Public Library.
Empire State Building
We walked down the street to the Empire State Building and briefly visited the lobby to snap a quick picture.
Now starving, we grabbed lunch at the first pizza place we saw, and then headed to Herald Square Park to grab dessert from Wafels & Dinges. The pizza was pretty good, and the waffles were excellent.
World Trade Center
Another subway ride brought us down to the World Trade Center, where we visited the 9/11 Memorial and the newly opened Oculus building that connects all the WTC buildings.
Staten Island ferry // Shake Shack
The subway line that runs back to the ferry terminal was closed for some reason, so we found a bus stop and waited and waited and waited for the bus, which finally came close to 17:00. We took the bus back to the Whitehall Ferry Terminal, boarded the 17:30 ferry, and departed Staten Island to head south towards Delaware.
We stopped briefly off of I-95 in Delaware to eat a quick supper at Shake Shack, and then journeyed through Baltimore down to Alexandria, arriving at our hotel around 22:15.
Tomorrow, we might explore DC for a short while, or we might head straight home. Thanks for keeping up with our travels!