New York, New York

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Us... with the Statue of Liberty in the background.

On Friday we arrived in New York, New York!

We loved this city, with its miles of high-rises, neighbourhoods with character, gorgeous parks and where nightlife stretches out into morning. Jill has been wanting to come here for a decade, so it's great to be here walking the streets at last.

We are staying right in the hub of the action, a block from Times Square with its theatres, neon signs, restaurants and curbside traders trying to sell you illegally-acquired handbags. We saw "Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway, "Stomp" off-Broadway and have dined at the famous Planet Hollywood and Hard Rock Cafe. Brent fed a squirrel at Battery Park and we caught a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty across the water.

Brent feeding a squirrel.
We went to Ground Zero - former site of the World Trade Center - and it gave us a real glimpse of what it must have been like to have been in New York on that fateful day. We've strolled through Central Park with a NY Hot Dog in hand, ate huge slices of pizza at New York's first pizzeria and have spend hours wandering through the various neighbourhoods, eavesdropping on the conversations of the locals and soaking up the city atmosphere.

We've seen the view from the Empire State Building, which isn't quite as romantic as the movies - you wait in line to buy tickets, go through a security screening taking off your belt, wait in other lines for the elevators and finally stumble out into the observatory deck, only to be met by a throng of hundreds of other tourist clambering against the siderails clicking away on their cameras and phones. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks must have been there at a quiet moment. But at least we can tick it off our list of big-buildings-to-climb-and-take-photos-on.

We are leaving New York today and heading to Niagara Falls, leaving the man-made wonder of New York behind for the natural wonder of the falls.

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Us... with the Statue of Liberty i…
Us... with the Statue of Liberty …
Brent feeding a squirrel.
Brent feeding a squirrel.
Times Square.
Times Square.
Brent getting punched in the face …
Brent getting punched in the face…
Theres always something to report…
There's always something to repor…
Brent in Central Park, on the brid…
Brent in Central Park, on the bri…
On the Brooklyn Bridge, with Manha…
On the Brooklyn Bridge, with Manh…
Brent with a New York Pizza.
Brent with a New York Pizza.
Jill finally made it to New York! …
Jill finally made it to New York!…
The Naked Cowboy in Times Square.
The Naked Cowboy in Times Square.
You see all sorts of things in New…
You see all sorts of things in Ne…
Times Square by night.
Times Square by night.
We saw Phantom on Broadway!
We saw Phantom on Broadway!
Our hotel (Milford) behind the Maj…
Our hotel (Milford) behind the Ma…
New York
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