[Continental Drive: day 8] From Washington D.C. to New York
Washington D.C. to New York City!
It was 8th day of our journey. Next destination was our final goal, New York!!
To avoid some troubles about terrorism and related things, we determined to visit NYC in daytime, to stay at night of New Year's Eve in New Jersey or vicinities, and not to use subway.
Our car started in the morning, and passed Baltimore, Philadelphia. Along New Jersey Turn Pike, we found service area. That was first time I used service area in Freeway. I had never seen "service area" in US since then. (There are many service areas in Japanese highway. but all highways in Japan are not free. They are very expensive toll highways!) Another surprising thing was that we can not pour fuel in cars by ourselves in New Jersey. It's State law. All gas stations include service. Many roads going to New York City are toll highway. Wow! There is like Japan!
We entered Manhattan Island through Holland Tunnel.
NYC ( Manhattan Island )
We entered Manhattan Island. It was New Year's Eve. Incredible many people crowded in downtown.
Really huge! No pedestrian cared about traffic rules. They walked across the street everytime. Many cars always used their horns. Crazy... There were many yellow cabs on the street. People might be avoid to drive in Manhattan by their selves. I also didn't want to drive such crazy road. We should use subway, but we didn't.
Tokyo is also huge city. But I feel Tokyo is much more ordered than NYC. Many people all over the world are fascinated by New York. I know, there has strong vitality. But if I have to live in Mid-Atlantic, I'd like to choice around the Washington D.C.
We drove through Battery Park, Madison Square Garden, Central Park, and so on. Incredible number of police officers walked around and drove around everywhere. Finally, we drove in Broadway and peeped at Time Square. Even though that time was about 3pm, many people crowded in front of the stage. Many TV cameras reported the stage. And of course many police officers were in there.
After that, I heard million people gathered around Times Square at the countdown event. But I am convinced 10% of those people were composed of police officers!
Liberty State Park
Next, we escaped crazy Manhattan Island. We went Liberty State Park. Unluckily, The Statue of Liberty faces to the Atlantic Ocean. If you want to see her face, you have to ride some cruises or helicopters. We saw the last sunset of 2003. Wide sunset view of Manhattan was beautiful.