L: after last night's sleepy taxi ride into the Big Apple, the humid air of New York and its soulful vibe gave me a much needed spring in my step. The hotel is nothing short of uber cool with black laquer bathroom and electric blackouts, male model receptionists and modern art decor...New York I love you. Up early for a dirty diner breakfast and trip to Statten Island, sun beating down. Meandered up to the World Trade Centre site, fit with Skanska cranes. Sad memorials, the holy church of Trinity followed by a quick mooch in Century 21 and Macdonald's shakes. Times Square was frenetic with a welcome downpour to break up the crowds, hiding out in M&M world was merchandise mania taken to a whole new level. Took subway back to Wall Street, well 3 actually due to some nutty navigation. China town tea awaits.