We woke up early this morning and got our luggage together to prepare for the train ride to New York City. We were able to make it to the complimentary breakfast upstairs
right after 6am and the food was alot better when warm. Riding the metro in the early morning I was surprised how many workers were commuting to work that early in the morning. Arriving at Union Station with plenty of time for the Northeastern Train at 7:25am. Riding the Amtrak was quite relaxing, shortly after we left we moved to the cafe car and had a nice booth for the 3+ hour ride to the Big Apple. Amtrak has complimentary Wifi so I was able to research things to do in New York on the way. When you get out the train at Penn Station there is alot of underground activity. Upstairs I had to get my bearings in front of Madison Square Garden. We decided to go straight to the Empire State Building since it was a nice day and we were right th
ere and had a few hours until we could check in. The lines were quite short as I guess it was still early in the work day. The price of the tickets to go to the top were very high and if you opt for the 102nd floor as well as the 86th floor observatory, the price is $40. But I have to say that the cost is well worth it as the view was fantast
ic. Next Stop is Grand Central Station to a little Mexican Restaurant called Zocalo in the basement. We had a few Margeritas here and they were delicious. After 1 and a half I was really felling good. Also had an appetizer of Shrimp Quesadillas. On our way to the hotel, we stopped by Times Square to check out all the Billboards, very impressive. The hotel was nice but small. Big enough to sleep and use the shower. Did not matter that much as we were mainly outside anyways. Based on some insider info we went to a local basement bar called Reunion on 9th and 44th. It was quite loud in there but the people were very nice and interesting. The happy hour drinks were quite good (3 Happy Mermaid, Happy ACID Drink, 2 Happy Surfer). We were happy after that... Then we decide to take a walk down by the river to take a break from the crowds, passing by Brandon's building on the way. We saw the Intrepid Battleship. Back to Times Square, the Videos are amazing, you could sit there for hours watching TV :) After we had enough, we took a walk by 30 Rock to see if anything was going on over there. Yes this city does not sleep but we need to....