Nicole had told us that we absolutely must go to highline park so today that is exactly what we did. It is a funny little place that is not on the main tourist trail and many New Yorkers haven't even heard of it. It is an old rail track that runs above the city streets that they have converted into a park. They haven't got rid of the tracks but made a feature out of them; they have built wooden sun beds, put old train wheels on them and put them on the rails. It is a new place and still under construction but it will be great when it is finished.
After this we headed to the New York Vitsoe shop to meet some people that Ian had worked with. We couldn't stay long though as we had to me Melissa, who we had met in Arenal in Costa Rica. She was a little late but that gave us a chance to enjoy a black, male close harmony group who were singing things like 'Under the boardwalk', 'My Girl', and 'In the jungle', outside the met. They were really good and I love the fact that you can't go anywhere in New York without hearing music somewhere.
We sorted of sprinted around the museum as we were all in need of some lunch. We took in the main points of interest such - Japanese and Chinese art, armory, musical instruments, the Dendur Temple) - before going to China Town for some food. Melissa had to go to class so we said our godbyes and we headed off to Time Square to see if we could get tickets for a show that night. Unfortunately none of the shows that we wanted to see were on offer and we didn't want to spend $120 on something that we didn't know we were going to like! So we opted for a slightly cheaper option and went up the Empire State building.
We wanted to see the sunset from the top so we got there at about 6pm. We must have timed it really well because there was next to no queue. We had been prepared to have to wait well over an hour but when we got there it was really quiet...10 minutes for tickets and 15 minutes to get in the lift. Our timing was great because we managed to see the city in the daylight, watch the sunset then see all the lights come on after dark. It was a fantastic night and a stunning view so we stayed up there for over 2 hours! By the time we came down we were both freezing!! So it was time to warm ourselves up with a nice Italian dinner, yum yum!
The bottle of wine we had at dinner (bare in mind we have hardly drunk anything on this trip), made the pianist on the subway seem really really good. Though to his credit, he had managed to get an actual upright piano down to the lower level of the subway. We have no idea how we managed it, but I take my hat off to him...it was certainly worth a dollar or two!!