Day Four Lost In The Subway (2005-11-26)
We left our hotel on W 81 st at 9 am to walk 5 minutes to the
station and were still in the
subway system at noon!! The train that was supposed to stop at
Whitehall station in Battery Park never even went near it. It
didn't go the route the train map said it would, how rude! When I
was looking at Manhattan from a bridge on the train, KL got very
perceptive and said, "We are crossing a bridge". I was equally
intelligent and said, "We are not supposed to cross a bridge".
We immediately got off at the next station, found out there was no
crossover to the other side, had to get back on the next coming train
and encountered more problem before we got on an entirely different
line which stopped near Whitehall. The chaos from the sudden
change of train schedules was due to construction work which I would
accept more willingly had there been ample notice and
announcements. Getting stuck in the subway for three hours is
frustrating and left us with a very bad impression when we didn't have
a favorable one in the first place.
Just past noon, we finally could breathe the fresh air above
ground. We stopped by a cafe and had a hot panini for a quick
snack. After that we walked to Clinton Castle to get the tickets
for the ferry to Liberty Island. The line of people waiting to
board the ferry was unbelievably long! It snaked all the way from
the dock to the edge of Battery Park. Security check was as tight
and thorough as the one required at the airport which I suppose was
responsible for holding up the line.
The 20-min ferry ride went quickly and did not give a good view of
the city. Liberty Island was smaller than it looked from
afar. The Statue of Liberty from a distance was grand and
imposing. Up close it loses its awe. We only stayed on the
island for half an hour because there was nothing much to see.
There was inevitably a line boarding the return ferry and we got back
to Battery Park at 4 pm. With the lost train time and long lines
everywhere, the Statue of Liberty was not worth our visit. I
suspect getting on a Staten Island ferry which sails past Manhattan and
the Statue would give a much better view of the famous skyline and
We were hungry when we were back ashore. We stopped at a pizza
place near Ground Zero and had the first taste of the ubiquitous New
York pizza. It was so good! I could've eaten more but had
to exert some self-control to leave room for the next meal. We
took a walk to nearby Wall Street area and rode a train to Broadway and
eventually meeting Marco in Chinatown for dinner.
Last time we were in Chinatown the sight of HK style BBQ ducks and
chicken in many restaurants' windows looked too yummy to pass up, so we
on that for dinner. We randomly picked a restaurant and had the
most delicious duck I ever ate. The skin was crispy and aromatic
like a Peking duck. We devoured our food in no time at all.
After that very satisfying meal, we went to another restaurant for Chinese dessert which turned out to be totally forgettable. Then we returned to the hotel. The highlight of this day would definitely be the duck dinner.
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