Starting at the top floor, there were displays of dinosaurs to excite the inner 6-year-old, and interesting facts for any age. While it's not as charming as the Natural History Museum in London, there are some wonderful displays showing vistas of the natural world, and displays showing mankind's various attempts at civilization around the world.
We were footsore after 4 hours, so adjourned to Columbus Avenue for a Lonely-Planet recommended grill which now calls itself A.G's Kitchen. I had the Aussie Burger, which is a regular burger with caramelised onions and extra mushrooms. It was pretty good with a glass of Zinfandel.
Columbus Avenue is interesting, but for another day. Keeping up the momentum, we then went to the Empire State Building for adventures in vertigo and views from the 86th Floor.
While it's well worthwhile to see the 360 degree view of the city, the crowds and winds make it a less than totally satisfactory experience - so the Citypass offers a second glimpse after 10pm on the same day.
While uptown, a visit to the mega-crowded Times Square seemed a good idea. I saw Zumba dancing in public outside Macy's, look -
There's a lot of construction, and the sidewalks are encroached by public bicycle racks and building works. Still, lots of pretty neon and a sense of excitement as all the lights are all so bright on Broadway.
Back on the subway to home turf, and another visit to the Lobster Place for some lobster for dinner. I notice for the first time that they're selling a range of lobster and crab ravioli, which is certainly going to get a run later.
After listening to Rachel Maddow on TV getting stuck into the Texan government's conjunctional assault on women's reproductive rights and voter ID registration, it was interesting to reflect on the comparative sanity and moderation of the Australian body politic.
Lightning and rain tonight in NYC ... and a threat of fog tomorrow.