FOR most visitors to the Big Apple, the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty are top of the ‘must-see’ list.
But not for Glen Bryant, who went underground to visit all 468 stations on the subway.
His off-the-wall feat has now earned the 26-year-old a Guinness World Record for having visited all New York tube stations in the quickest time possible – 22 hours, 26 minutes and two seconds.
Glen, a pharmacist, said: ‘It’s a relief. It took six months to find out we got the record so it was a nerve-wrecking wait. Now it’s official, it’s quite amazing.’
Visiting tube stations is something of a hobby for Glen.
Before getting the world record in New York, he attempted to visit all 270 stations on the London underground in the quickest time possible – no less than 14 times.
But he has always been pipped to the post by another daredevil, with his time of 17 hours 29 minutes about an hour shy of the world record.
He then met five other people online who all had the same dream of getting the world record in New York and the six of them jetted off last November.
Loaded up with supplies of chocolate and sweets, they began their challenge at 3am and got to their last stop at 1am the following day.
Glen, of Greville Green, Emsworth, explained: ‘It’s easier to do in a group because you have one person doing the photographs, one person doing the log book.
‘For me it was making sure we passed through every station and what line we were taking next.
‘It’s a lot more complicated than London. There’s lots of similar sounding names for stations like 21st Street Manhattan and 21st Street Queens.
‘We would stop, the doors open and take the photograph. You don’t have to physically step on the platform.
‘We were up for 26 hours. There was no celebration at the end. It was like “Can we go to bed?”.’
He added: ‘There are times when it’s gone wrong within the hour with delays, lines being closed and broken down trains.
‘In New York there was a 10-minute delay here, a 10-minute delay there, but nothing major. We had some good luck.
‘We would run from one platform to another and just about get in as the doors closed.’
The world record certificate now has pride of place on Glen’s wall.
He laughed: ‘If it wasn’t for my teammates, I probably would have fallen asleep. We had been going for five hours and it wasn’t even rush hour!’