At NYC Deloitte’s offices :
In front of the Statue of the Liberty :
We were always thinking about Deloitte :
Day 4…9 o’clock sharp in the lobby (almost) everybody is there. Time to check out and start this bright new day… or not so bright in the end, it’s raining today. But who cares! we’re still in NYC and a coffee and some pasteries later we are headed to the MoMA. A few paintings, a few sculptures, A LOT OF people, and in the end so much fun! Who knew we would have people think we were artists analysing this (not so) amazing pièce of art but yes we did! Obama could… Why not us?! Haha ha!(More in the pictures^^)
Someone: “what? Already 1pm?! Time to get some food guys.. Lets check that asin restaurant my friend recommended! :-)”
A few blocks later here we are and the place looks really fancy. We wait in the lounge for 5 minutes and we finally get our table. Well if you go to NY one day and like asian food just try it on and you won’t be disappointed! A lot of executives (at least we tought they were) were actually having lunch there. (TAO on 42 E 58th St)
After this lovely meal, direction the subway (thank you cloudy rainy day!) and MET here we are! Beautiful building from the outside, this museum is so huge that we don’t even know if one day would be enough to cover everything. We just selected a few wings and headed out because we wanted to have a look at the Gugenhein. Too late to visit… Maybe next time!
After getting back to the hotel and freshing up a little bit it’s already dinner time! We actually just finished eating and it’s time to go to bed…
Really? Do you believed that? Let’s leave you with two words because nothing happend yet but if you like this post and you stay tuned you might get some extra episodes!
Party and Pool! What else ?
Xoxo RideOn team…
Good evening everybody,
Welcome back on our blog reading the latest news about our journey in one of the city having the largest multicultural background !! Ok, I’ll tell more about it later in this post and I am going to start with the beginning of our day.
On the way to Deloitte’s office we adopted the true American way of life by having a coffee in one of the numerous bakeries. Then we were ready to face the ride to the 42nd floor of the Rockefeller center and meet Deloitte New York’s employees.
The two hours we spent over there were awesome. Firstly we had a little chat around a nice breakfast with our charming host. She took us for a tour to show us the breathtaking overview on the city from the different rooms around the floor. Luckily we had a guide to give us some insights about the surrounding neighborhoods so we learnt a lots of tricks and stories. Finally we got a meeting with a HR manager which was really interesting.
After getting back on earth we decided to reach the top of the legen…. wait for it … dary Empire State Building !
Even if we didn’t see King Kong over there he still was all over the place :
The panorama was above all our expectations ! The conditions were just perfect : nice sunny weather and a really helpful detailed audio tour. It made us realize that there was still a lot of ground to cover in order to fully discover THE Big Apple.
Following the advice of the audio tour, we walked along the Fifth Avenue, looking at the famous shops settled on it, more famous the one than others !! All the luxurious brands have a common point, they are gather in the top of this Avenue, in the north side.
We ended up by reaching Central Park. We spent some time hiking among the fall leaves and beautiful orange colors watching our buddies : the squirrels. Our team had some fun taking pictures and shot little clips to feed the final movie of our trip. The Manhattan’s sunset is one of the thing each tourist should see and take time to appreciate !!
It is night time already but it’s not over yet. We walked through Upper East Side among buildings more beautiful than each other. After a little break in a nice pub next to Washington Square near NYU, a nice cold beer (yeah they have Stella Artois ) and some pool games
it was time to go back the Empire State Building having our second visit and enjoying the night view this skyscraper offer over the city !!
As you can guess, after walking so much we were starving, and we found a typical sports bar restaurant. That was the occasion to discover or to watch again some sports US citizens are used to support.
There we are, just before devouring our big meals !!
Have a good night and keep posted to read our next American stories
The second day we spent in New York was very rich in kilometers we walked. By the way, we started quite early (despite some of us have gone to bed quite late in the night), and we started to look for a breakfast.
We found everything to begin our new day in the Times Square’s Starbucks :
Then we sat on the benches quite near from the shop to eat admiring all the advertisements twinkling on building’s walls.
After having this tastefully breakfast, we walked to the Top of the Rock which is in fact the name of the observation deck on the Rockefeller skyscraper’s rooftop.
The search for the entrance making us turning round the building and benefitting the sunrise over the streets we crossed. Viewing the autumn’s colors on those buildings was a manner to discover another side of the Big Apple. A side more quiet and… romantic ?!
We finally got the elevators to the observation deck and we reached the top. What a wonderful view on New York !! On one side there is the impressive and huge Central Park and the other a view on the Chrysler and Empire State buildings. We spent a long time on the top being stunned, taking pictures and experimenting new ideas to shoot our team’s video !!
Here is a part of what we saw :
Mmmh, no… That was a picture of Réginald & Jean-Luc in front of a big poster of the Empire State building. The truth was slightly different, with all the team :
We decided to go Downtown for the second part of the day, in order to visit Wall Street, Ground Zero and to hike a bit along the coast.
We took the subway from Upper town and we crossed Manhattan from the north to the south and we arrived directly to Ground Zero. Then we joined the walk along the coast :
Then we arrived to the very famous bull next to Wall Street and as you, reader, can suppose knowing the habits and customs, we took a lot of pictures, but we decided to show only one on this webstite
The team RideOn posing with the big bull ! – from left to right, up to down : Réginald Jacquemain, Cindy Savelkoels, Charles du Roy, Jean-Luc Verhelst, Enrico Marchesani and Jamy Maigre.
After this long journey walking we got some time to rest a bit and, of course… shopping a bit.
To conclude this wonderful day, we took part to a NBA match : Knicks vs Charlotte Bobcats – 98/101, and we have discovered one of the most popular sports of the United States !! It was quite impressive to see the rapidity of the player and the uncertainty of this sport because of this rapidity… The score was very tight till the end.
Now we are going to have a big rest in order to visit Deloitte’s building tomorrow morning !!
After waking up very early in the morning, after having a little fear about a mate’s delay, we finally got our plane and reached the Big Apple to spend a week with the team! After the arrival at JF Kennedy airport, we had to spend a lot of time clearing customs. Afterwards we had some little issues to get our metro tickets because of uncooperative ticket machines which did not seem to like our Belgian Credit cards…But we got through this first challenge and we finally arrive to the hotel! Who knew a second challenge was already waiting for us! Receptionist: “Sorry we don’t have any triple room” Us:” what?? How is that possible? What solution do you offer then?” R: “Well we could give you an extra pillow and blanket and someone could sleep on the floor…” Us: “we don’t think it is a valid option sir” and as you guess it was time for RideOn to resolve its first american dispute. A few rounds of negociation later and we got our last bed so that everybody will be able to sleep tight tonight (big program coming soon so stay tuned ^^).Now we are on Times Square eating in a typical restaurant… McDonald´s. We didn’t remember it was so good!