New York Day 3
After my failure to check the weather for the Empire State Building I had decided not to make the same mistake with the Top of the Rock. My third day in New York was forecast to be blue skies and the least windy during my whole stay so I knew it would be the day to go.
This was by far my favorite day of my trip. The view from the top of Rockefeller center is breathtaking and although I've seen it before, it never fails to amazing me. Due to the windy and snow they had been experiencing the 77th floor was closed so unfortunately all of my photos were taken through/in front glass screens and I had a few photos from when I'd been 10 years before that I had planned to recreate but couldn't due to the closure, which was disappointing.
I've always wanted to ice skate at Rockefeller center but been told that it's always really busy and that you should always book weeks in advance. I didn't. 1, because I am a very unorganized person and 2, because I had no idea what the weather was going to be like. Despite this, I thought i'd go and ask the wait or if there were any available slots and was told I could get on the ice then and there so I paid my $27 (the prices change through-out the season) and got my skates on.
I haven't ice skated for about 12 years so I was a little bit nervous, especially since prior to my trip I had fractured my coxix slipping over (I am very clumsy). After surviving this potentially trip destroying affair, I headed off to Central Park which, in the snow, turned out to be even more of a death trap then the rink! Not only do I not own any weather appropriate clothing but i also do not own weather appropriate footwear.
From the park I headed up to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, another Gossip Girl hot spot, to sit of the steps. Because it was so cold this day I actually got the chance to have a few photos without a million people behind me doing exactly the same thing.
I had been offered tickets for the opera that evening at The Lincoln Center. I've never been to an opera and would not consider myself a fan but I am a huge believer that you should try everything at least once so, I accepted the tickets and off to the opera I went. I was actually very surprised at how much I enjoyed myself, I've always loved musicals but just though i was a bit too young to be able to appreciate opera but come the intermission I didn't want to leave. The theater is beautiful and i could not get a photo that did it justice, the chandeliers were to die for.
On my way into the theatre I clocked the Empire Hotel across the road (again, another Gossip Girl reference), so made a point of heading to the rooftop bar for a drink after the performance. The whole city real is just one big film and TV reference and it's hard to not get a little bit of daja-vu when walking around.