After lunch we returned to Grand Central Station’s main concourse to watch the Light and Laser display that is beamed onto the ceiling every half hour during December. It only lasted a couple of minutes, accompanied by the tunes of Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, but was worth watching anyway.

By this time, the outside light was starting to fade, but we still wanted to visit the Empire State Building, and the Flatiron building before it would be impossible to photograph them, so it was back onto the subway train for the short journey there. Our final visit of the day was to the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street, the financial centre of America. Unfortunately by now it had gone dark, so the photos are not so good.  Once again we found this to be a peaceful area of the city as the whole surrounding area is protected from traffic by substantial road blocks and security, as clearly it wouldn’t do to have the financial heart of America disrupted by terrorist attack.

We leave for New Zealand (via Los Angeles) during the late afternoon today, so I’m not sure when I will have access to the internet again, but I will update as soon as I can.