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From the "Top of the Rock"
     I have never really had a passion to visit NYC.  Guess I'm not a big city guy at heart, but the wife wanted to see it and I  figured, "What the heck, one day won't hurt."  We found a bus company in the Chinatown section of Philly that ran regular trips to New York's Chinatown every 30 minutes, all weekend long.  Round trip was $20.  Probably costs that much to park for the day in the "Big Apple".

     First stop was Rockefeller Center and a trip to the "top of the Rock".  The view was splendid in every direction.  I was surprised how large Central Park was.  Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Empire State Building were all spotted.  $22 was a little steep for the elevator ride to the top, but I'll probably not be back, so it was OK.
Times Square


     Times Square was our next destination, and it was hopping in the middle of the day.  It was Saturday and there was a street fair in progress.  Lots of inexpensive merchandise and some very tasty food from the vendors.  I could have stayed at Time Square all day just watching the people.We spent some time in the M & M store.  All those colors on display that I have never seen in any bag I have purchased!

     Central Park was equally as busy.  A few sunbathers, a softball game, LOTS of joggers, walkers, and bicycle riders.  Nearly got run over a few times.  Our daughter wanted to see Strawberry Fields and the memorial to John Lennon.  We were greeted by the unofficial "mayor" of Strawberry Fields.
"Imagine", the memorial to John Lennon
  He arranges the flowers on the memorial and watches over it everyday.

     Tickets to see the Statue of Liberty were sold out so we took the Staten Island Ferry, quickly jumped off and back on for the return trip to Manhattan.  Got a few pics of Lady Liberty, but didn't get as close as I would have liked.  Ferry ride was free!!

     Once ashore we were close to Wall Street and went to see the Bull.  Heard it was good luck to rub his ..... umm ..... "privates".  I refrained, but the wife wasn't shy!  The Trinity Church (from the first National Treasure movie) is close by, and then we walked to ground zero.

     It was worth the trip to NYC, but now I've seen it and don't need to go back.  A Broadway show would have been nice, but the ones the wife was interested in were sold out.  I hope this doesn't mean a return trip just to see a show.
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From the Top of the Rock
From the "Top of the Rock"
Times Square
Times Square
Imagine, the memorial to John Le…
"Imagine", the memorial to John L…
Lady Liberty
Lady Liberty
daughter Sarah
daughter Sarah
Empire State Building
Empire State Building
Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center
Virgin Records
Virgin Records
Where is a cab when you need one?
Where is a cab when you need one?
Street fair
Street fair
Lower Manhattan skyline
Lower Manhattan skyline
Central Park
Central Park
The unofficial mayor of Strawber…
The unofficial "mayor" of Strawbe…
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
Fifth Avenue
Fifth Avenue
Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station
Wall Street Bull
Wall Street Bull
Trinity Church
Trinity Church
Trinity Church from Wall Street
Trinity Church from Wall Street
New York Stock Exchange
New York Stock Exchange
site of George Washingtons sweari…
site of George Washington's swear…
Ground zero
Ground zero
New York
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