New York, New York

As we were on our way to Seattle, I thought - why not drop into New York and catch up on what has been happening in the 15 years since my last visit? Not exactly on the way, but well worth the trip! We stayed in an airbnb apartment in SOHO, which was perfect for wanderings. Our initial visit to ground zero was just after the top pinicle of the new building had been placed, making it the tallest building in the world - lots of interest in this. Nearby Battery Park was fascinating to see.

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The highlight was the high line - a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan's West Side. The exoerience of freely walking through New York without facing the hassle of traffic in a beutifully designed and detailed garden space is fantastic. It was also great to see how the space around its start in the meatpackers area has been revilatised by all the people coming to visit.

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We also enjoyed catching up with our friend Patrice Derrington at the Fricke Museum and her apartment; the Museum of Art and Design (MAD), the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA); the lower East side and parts of Brooklyn; Times Square and the great red stairs and pedestriansed space; the Empire State building - sadly could not go up the top as a storm delivered zero visability and threat of lightning; Greenwich village and many other places in between.

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