United States 9: Manhattan, New York

Receiving their next clue the next morning, the team set out to explore as much of Manhattan as possible, before they were once again homeless.

Wise words from the sign
Subway art

Commencing with the neighbourhoods nearest to their hotel, the team walked around SoHo and ate in a restaurant in China town.  They took a subway ride to the Meatpacking district where they had some fantastic Thai.

Drying money like gangsters Freshpet in SoHo
View to the Empire State Empire state by night

Later, they walked the entire length of the Highline, a long elevated railway that has been converted to a park.  They walked around the areas of Greenwich, the Financial District and Wall Street.

Highline park benches Watching traffic on the Highline
Highline and watertanks Sad mouse next to the Highline
Highline panorama towards the Hudson
Highline panorama towards Meatpacking
Highline rail tracks
NYSE Federal Reserve
Brooklyn Bridge Mr Gecko wants his boat back
That is a lot of debt

Fashion Night Out was held on the Thursday with many shops staying open until late into the evening.  The team attended the event held at the Rockefellar centre.  Simon’s only regret was not bringing along a Generic Festival Clothing t-shirt wear on the red carpet.

Fashion night out model A sign for 30 Rock below 30 Rock!
Macy’s… epic Post Fashion night carnage

Later, the team made their way back to Greenwich to try some risotto in a gluten free restaurant.  Unfortunately it was closed, but, walking back to the subway, the team discovered perhaps one of the best pizza places in New York, Bleecker Street Pizza.  Famous previous Pizza Pie eaters included Edward Norton.  This place surprisingly served gluten free pizza even though it looked like a late night takeaway.  Rapidly, much wine and pizza was consumed was consumed in order for the team to receive their next clue.

Wine from a paper cup? Gluten free new york style pizza pie

There were two New York challenges provided by Callan for the team to complete.  These were to handstand in Times Square and photograph the Naked Cowboy.  These were completed in record time by the team.

Simon’s handstand Ang’s handstand
Challenge completed: Photo with Naked Cowboy Industries Times square by day

Later, the team checked out the east side and visited the UN building.  They then went to Magnolia Bakery, where they completed the other viewer challenge, provided by Taryn, to consume a Magnolia cupcake in Central Park.

Magnolia Bakery Ang eating a cupcake
Central Park underpass Central Park horse

Extensive searches for suitable accommodation had finally born fruit.  The team left their SoHo hotel and travelled out of Manhattan to Brooklyn.   There they arrived at the first of two places they had booked for the next four days, checking into the pit stop for this leg of the race.

Everyone needs a hardy mum

One thought on “United States 9: Manhattan, New York

  1. Love it!! Well done on completing the challenge.. I shall think of another one soon.

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