New York: Day Four

Our fourth morning in New York started on the West Side of the borough of Manhattan, Chelsea. That's where The High Line starts, a 1.45-mile-long (2.33 km) linear park built on an elevated section of disused New York Central Railroad. What a lovely use of the old railway line! A park up in the air - how cool is that! I would say the most creative park I have ever visited! Additionally, here you can see an absolutely opposite side of glamorous Manhattan. I'll be honest, I was even a little bit shocked to see so much of the industrial look of the town and so much construction! So many new buildings are going up, I don't think there will be much left of the old industrial stuff! But what really surprised me about the park is the quite unique walk through the most unexpected landscape of old buildings and narrow little streets. It's a perfect filming location what with all the superbly designed little nooks and crannies, as well beer gardens, food stalls and art galleries.

What scared me the most in Manhattan is the amount of tall apartment buildings with the signs Luxury Rentals. Luxury in the middle of the port with the views on subway trains and noise from the busiest highway? What a sick idea of luxury! The world gets crazy!

Our afternoon was spent in the American Museum of Natural History.  With my love for the stars and planets, I simply couldn't miss the planetarium show they offer in the museum. What a beautiful journey through the universe it was. Beautiful! I learned so much. I was so impressed by everything I saw about our endless universe, I started to wonder whether I should drop my office job and become an astronomer! I am quite serious! I have always had such a huge interest in the cosmos and this museum gave it all to me! I literally felt I was for 3 hours floating in the cosmos! I also very much enjoyed the walk down the spiral walkway known as the Heilbrun Cosmic Pathway, an image-oriented timeline of the universe's history from the Big Bang to the present day. I had so many questions in my head by the end of this walk. My brain was working as never before. I don't know how yet but I am going to go into space!

And, of course, I didn't miss the huge amazing bones of all kinds of outrageous dinosaurs! Just wow! I mean, just wow!


Our fourth night in New York we dedicated to jazz. Those of you who know me well, know my love for this kind of music! There is no better music for me than really good jazz. Everybody's aware jazz and blues have such a deep history in New York. When I think of New York, I always think jazz, too! We went to Dizzy's Club. What a fun and gorgeous jazz club which is part of the Lincoln Center Jazz in the Time Warner building! And if you don't know it's there, you would never guess! I was simply jazzed away! Overdosed with an amazing trio (do not remember their names, shame on me)! Loved the stage back dropped with windows looking out into the New york City. Classy and absolutely amazing experience! If there would be just one thing I could do in New York, I would choose jazz!

We actually didn't know what kind of food to expect at Dizzy's, so before heading to the jazz club we had a dinner at Quality Meats. We would never knew about existence of this fabulous restaurant if we hadn't smelled their amazing food on our way to the hotel during our first night in the city. We immediately knew we should reserve a table there. Very unnoticeable place from the outside but, oh my, inside the atmosphere is fantastic. It was a wonderful mix of old and new reflected both in the menu and the decor! And very busy! It was a challenge to get a table there for one of the nights during our trip. The food is simply high end! It was definitely the nicest dinner we had in New York!