8 | New York
It was a rainy day in New York, and we'd planned on another museum visiting day to stay dry and warm indoors. For the city that never sleeps, there sure are quite a few attractions that are closed on Mondays, something we only found out after a subway trip uptown and a walk to the museum. Bummer. Brooklyn was still on our 'to visit' list, so we spent the better part of an hour getting out to a new borough, and down to Coney Island. I've been excited about visiting Coney Island for as long as I can remember (maybe I've got some carnie blood from somewhere along the lines) and poor Joshua patiently sat through the hour long train trip before he even asked what it was we would be seeing. Bless. The attractions and amusement park is only open from April to October, and the games sit otherwise abandoned for the other 6 months of the year. The pier stretched out 100 metres into the water, leaving the amusement park a tiny speck on the shore. It was just 4 degrees out on the water, and we were bundled up in our regular coats and scarves - and yet an older gentleman still found it warm enough to be jogging shirtless. The park itself was full of amazing worn out typography and cute hand lettered signage. We stopped in for lunchtime hotdogs at Nathan's, the original hotdog vendor that has been there since 1916. They have a hotdog eating competition each year on the 4th of July, and a huge billboard outside that counts down the days/hours/minutes/seconds until the next competition. The reigning champion wolfed down 68 hotdogs in ten minutes, and over 40 000 people turn up to watch the spectacle. Crazy!
Another subway trip back into the south of Manhattan, and we hopped onboard a water taxi to see some sights from the harbour. The Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty and the coast of New Jersey and Brooklyn were some of the sites we learnt about while aboard. The boat captain asked if he could take our photo, and insisted I hold onto the liberty torch for the shot. Probably why we both look a little pained and weird in the photo. We strolled back through the city to get some dinner and do some browsing, and I also snapped up a new nail polish - cosmetics around these parts are more than half the price they are back home in Australia. We settled in for a rainy evening indoors with American television and good quality heating systems!