For breakfast this morning I headed to a deli around the corner from my hotel. I walk in and there are about 6 uniformed policemen in there getting their breakfasts. I think it's hard to have a truer New York experience than that! Oh, and the guy behind the counter called me 'senorita' and I've decided that is how I wish to be addressed from now on - love it!
Took a lazy day today and bought a ticket for the hop-on hop-off bus. I don't think there as anything more touristy than that in New York! However, it is interesting to be driven around hearing facts about buildings as you pass. Plus, that extra height on the upper storey gives you a really different perpective of the city. You look up.
I did look down on the city too, from Top of the Rock, the observation level of Rockerfeller Center. That gave me my first view of Central Park - it is big! - and overview of the city - even bigger!
I wandered into the American Girl shop on 5th Avenue and was amazed by the world they have created. There is a hair salon for the dolls, costing $10-$20 for a new style. It is incredible and I so would have wanted one as a kid!
For more consumerism - M & M World on Times Square. Seriously, M&M characters on every type of merchandise you can possibly imagine. Towels, sheets, drink bottles...
To finish the day I took the Night Tour on the bus, heading across to Brooklyn and back. The view across the water back ot Manhattan was amazing. That was my day.