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A view of New York from the New Jersey side...

I am a Long Island girl...that being said, unlike most Long Island girls, I do not get to the Big Apple much.  Even when I travel the world, I always prefer being out in the country rather than the big cities.  As most of my friends know, I do not get into Manhattan so when my friend Chris in New Jersey said he wanted to go, I said "Let's Go"!

Now this is where it gets strange to most people.  This New York girl, drove to Dunellen, New Jersey, so she could go back to New York!  Don't try to figure it out...you will go crazy!  Just accept it, its easier that way!

So in the early morning on June 14th we jumped on the Ferry from the New Jersey side to cross over to New York (it takes about 10 minutes max).

Central Park
  The day was a little gray, but because it is very hot and humid it actually makes it a little more comfortable.

 

Our destination is the Museum of Natural History across from Central Park.  Chris and I decided it would be great to walk the 20 plus blocks.  This is about when I turned into a tourist!  Central Park is an Oasis in the middle of the city.  It is a must see.  Although we did not spend any time there on this visit, I have walked through the park in the past.  There is a small zoo, although not one of New York's best, it is worth a visit.  Of course there are great concerts in the park and just a great place to sit and have a picnic.

I have been to New York City before, but for some reason I always feel like it is the first time.

  So maybe I went a little crazy, but I thought you might find it amusing....We passed Trump's place...maybe I could be the next apprentice? 

 

 

 

 

 

Onto the Museum...If you didn't know, I love dino's.  I am an Archaeologist/Paleontologist wanna be and someday I am sure I will leave the life behind a desk in an office and start digging!  For that reason, you will notice a certain theme to my visit to the museum.  (We did visit the planetarium also, but they don't let you take pictures).

The Museum has one of the best dinasaur exhibits in the country.  About 80% are actual fossils and not replicas.  You have to love the T-Rex. It is an amazing thing looking up at the size of these amazing creatures.

The Museum of Natural History
  We spent several hours wandering though the exhibit halls.  One I personnally found interesting was the Hadrasaur.  I have a Hadrasaur egg in my collection and it was hard to believe that something so big would come from that little egg. It is also known as the duck-billed dinasaur.

After going to the Planatarium, a must see if you are at the Museum, we went back out on the town to get some lunch and walk down to Broadway.  We ate lunch at the New York Grill, a restaurant that was actually moved to New York from Germany.  If you are ever in New York, don't miss it, the food was great.

 

 

Chris was very amused as this New York girl took out her camera to capture the sites again...Broadway is an amazing place...

Broadway
I am actually going to see Spamalot next weekend.  The lights and billboards bring this part of the city to life!  My favorite was of my man Albert Einstein. So now it is my turn to give a little history lesson.  In case you didn't know, Broadway originated as a Native American trail, called the Wickquasgeck Trail, which was carved into the brush land of Manhattan.  This trail originally snaked through swamps and rocks along the length of Manhattan Island. Upon the arrival of the Dutch, the trail soon became the main road through the island from New Amsterdam at the southern tip.  And of course it is famous as the main Theater District of New York.

 

 

 

Our next stop is St. Patrick's Cathedral.  Located on Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets, the Cathedral is the largest gothic-style Catholic Cathedral in the United States.

St. Patrick's Cathedral
  The Cathedral opened its doors in 1879. Each generation has added to her splendor.  Her spires were completed in 1888 and The Lady Chapel in 1906.  Her Kilgen Organs were installed in 1929.  If you are visiting New York make sure you take the opportunity to visit this beautiful place, and please don't forget to say a little prayer for me!

 

 

 

 

If you have walked the streets of New York City, you have either experienced riding in, or watched other visitors riding in the tour buses.  I have to say my favorite is the New York City Ducks.  Shaped like a boat it has to put a smile on your face.   I kept threatening Chris that I wanted to ride in it.  He just walked away, pretending that he didn't know me! 

Our adventure concluded when we hailed a cab to take us back to the pier to catch our Ferry back to New Jersey (stop laughing at me!).

Wanna Take A Ride?
  I think it was our cab driver's first day in town, and although I am not one to critique anyone's ability to get around the city, I did think that the cabbies were experts.  So after making a three point turn, in the middle of traffic (he really did), and driving for a while on the wrong side of the street (I am sorry I didn't think to take a picture of that, but my heart was in my throat at the time), he pulled up to the front of the Javitz Center and dropped us off.  Not too unhappy about that, we had to just walk around the center and across to the docks.  It had started to drizzle about that time, and it was actually refreshing considering the hot mugginess of the day.... 

 

 

...It was about the time when we reached the far side of the center that the sky opened up!  I didn't think New York had a Monsoon season?  We found an alcove in the building and thought it would be a good idea to wait the heaviest part of the storm out.

Doesn't that look like fun!
  It was thundering and their was lightening coming down and hitting the water.  It was beautiful and scarry at the same time.  After watching the storm for about 10 or 15 minutes and contemplating whether we should just run for it, I saw it...it changed my mind forever...what came driving by...the New York Ducks boat/bus, filled with tourists on top.  Out in the open, all wearing plastic raincoats, getting drenched!  I could not stop laughing! Sorry sometimes I find other peoples misfortune a little funny (you can lecture me on it later).

The weather finally let up and we went for it...back on the ferry and my adventure was complete!  I hope if you lasted this long, you enjoyed it!  

 

gejah says:
nice job!! I am not a big city girl either. But have been there in may for a few days. For me it is too crowded and impersonal. But i love to come back to go to the theatre and musea. My husband does not like those activities. So therefore i will go back once.
Posted on: Jul 12, 2009
wittedweil says:
I really enjoyed this story and love the way you wrote it :)
Posted on: Jun 30, 2008
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