There was an option of going higher for a couple of dollars more which I chose to do and I'm glad I did. I got chatting to a guide, a nice lady originally from Ireland. She pointed out various landmarks and recalled how nice it used to be to see Concorde fly into the city.
But the biggest story of course was 9/11, still quite raw she said that they must rebuild; if not higher than the Twin Towers to show that they will not be beaten. By now, a whole group had gathered around, asking what is this what is that, I could have stayed much longer but my partner was down on the lower level and isn't that keen on heights, so time to go.
Our next stop was to be the famous Chelsea Hotel but before that some refreshment in Starbucks (our first one) in the form of coffee and a slice of lemon cake. We arrived at the Chelsea and looked around the lobby. An odd place but with a huge past. The likes of Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Janis Joplin, Iggy Pop, to name a few had stayed there over the years.
We walked through the park to the boating lake and then on to the Bethesda fountain. By then the sun was almost over the yardarm so time to head back to Greenwich village for some light refreshments. A couple of glasses of white wine in hand we looked at all the photos we had taken that day. Dinner that evening was a mix of bar restaurant with people drinking planks of beer. We stuck to wine. I opted for the burger and chips, my partner had a pizza. Day 2 done and dusted.