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Travbuddies Pose On The Way Up The Rock

Much as I'd been doing Ok with the whole time difference thing, I still left instructions for my daughter to phone me at 8am,1pm for her, but I was already awake by the time the phone rang. Didn't want to sleep in, or be in a rush, to get to my first proper Travbuddy meeting. Belgian_Tom had organised it on the forum,and had organised a list of stuff for us to do together, and the meet up was set for the Times Square Information Centre at 9-30am.

Got myself organised and made my way to the 72nd/Broadway Station and got the train downtown, which was only one stop since the Line 2 train arrived first. Was just after 9am, so I decided to kill the time by going into Starbucks for a cup of tea and to stay warm for a bit longer.

Headed down to Times Square and arrived bang on 9-30 and soon found Belgian_Tom  and his girlfriend, as Tom was eaily identifiable with the bit of paper haning out his pocket with the TB logo on it.

Me At The Top Of The Rock
After intoductions and a brief chat a few others started to turn up, think Sarah (redhead86) was the next to arrive, but soon a few others arrived. Soon became apparent that the folk turning up were not going to be anywhere close to the numbers that had confirmed attendance, but we hung about for a bit just in case there were any late arrivals.

Turned out better,I think, with a smaller group as we were able to move faster, and there were less people to have to accomodate, so in the end just 8 of us set off to head to the Top Of The Rock. Let Jim lead the way, only because he appeared to know where he was going :d, and we were soon approaching the  Radio City Music Hall. Then went into the Rockerfeller Centre, where there was no queue, and bought the tickets to get to the top ($23 I think) .

Ahhh!!! That's How They Work :D
Got group photo taken on the way up, watched a short video presentation and then headed for the lift.

Lift was a bit like the start of Space Mountain in Disneyland, as there was a glass ceiling in it and there were loads of blue/purple lights all the way up. Lift goes up at 15mph and I think everyone felt a bit dizzy from staring at the lights as we shot up the tower. Out at the top and spectacular views across the city, over Central Park, down to Brooklyn Bridge and then on the other side you had a great view of The Empire State Building. There are two more levels you can climb up once you get out of the lift, and although it was cold it never really felt like it even on the open exposed top part. Maybe because we were all moving about so much taking in the scenery :)

When we had all had enough we headed back down and caught up with Jim(blenderboy) who hadn't come up with us.

David,Nat,Sarah and Lieke
Walked through the bottom of the centre and out to the ice rink. Set in a square in front of the Rockerfeller Centre it has loads of national flags around it. From here we went inot the NBC shop and had a look about at the stuff in there, before moving on to 5th Avenue and going into St Patrick's Cathedral. It was OK, but then the last cathedral I'd been in was in Sevilla.

I'm not one for stopping and eating during the day, but was happy to go with the flow as the rest wanted to go for lunch. Jim suggested a place,Prime Burger, at the side of St Patrick's on East 51st Street. Quite old fashioned set up, but relativley nice and prices were well withing everyones range, though out of 8 of us I think 6 ordered a cheeseburger and the did do pots of tea, so I was happy with that.

Grand Central From The Top Of The Steps
   

Next destination was Grand Central Terminal and walked down there. Were just in and having a look from the steps, when i noticed Belgian_Tom talking to someone. It was a local TB,Tom (tmohen) who had turned up on spec to see if he could spot us, as he knew the rough plan for the day. After being introduced to everyone,Tom then started  to find out what we were looking to do, since he didn't just want to take over. He then gave us a lot of information about Grand Central and a tour round the station, before leading us off to our next sightseeing venue, which had been added sine we were moving a lot quicker than had been anticipated.

We headed out onto Park Avenue and as we walked along Tom said we could go into the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and have a look about it.

Tom Explaining The Chess area
So with cameras clicking away we all went in and had a scout about. Found our way down to the UN buildings, but as they are not open at the weekend it was only to a few snaps of the outside. Tom then took us up through Tudor City, pointing out the buildings of interest there. The plan for the day had only got as far as Grand Central, so it was suggested we might want to go down to Greenwich and have a look about.

Got the subway down to Washington Square Park, with it's kind of Arc De triumphe, Washinton Centannial Memorial Arch, and here lies the foot of 5th Avenue. When we had walked through the park,  Tom pointed out a small specialist area of chess shops, where there were people inside playing, and explained that in the better weather they would all be sitting out in the park and anyone can go along and get a game there.

Side Room Inside Industria Argentina
 Tom thought it was time we got out of the cold for a bit and took us into a pub on Bleecker Street called the Back Fence. Kind of rustic, but with the additional feature of having sawdust on the floor :D

Set off again and walked down and around Soho, going into a few shops that caugh the eys, including the 'Dead Animal Ornament Shop', really called Evolution and then a store that sold all sorts of Chinese stuff. Decided then it was time to head along to the dinner venue, the Industria Argentina on Greenwich Street. Had a private room set aside and a few local TB's joined us for the meal. I was outside when I saw Donna (Travelfan 1963) and recognised her straight away :). had a chat with her before going back in and downstairs to rejoin the others.

Group Photo After Dinner

Gave it a chance for others to show up before ordering dinner, and sat and had a few beers and we all shared tales of our travels.  A good laugh, and a pleasant evening all round. Think the bill came to a bit more than everyone expected :O , so when we were finished we adjourned to another pub around the corner.

Stayed for a couple and then a few of us headed back up town on the subway, and I went for a nightcap in the local bar on West 72nd, since we had a later start the following morning. 

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Me At The Top Of The Rock
Me At The Top Of The Rock
Ahhh!!! Thats How They Work :D
Ahhh!!! That's How They Work :D
David,Nat,Sarah and Lieke
David,Nat,Sarah and Lieke
Grand Central From The Top Of The …
Grand Central From The Top Of The…
Tom Explaining The Chess area
Tom Explaining The Chess area
Side Room Inside Industria Argenti…
Side Room Inside Industria Argent…
Group Photo After Dinner
Group Photo After Dinner
Early Morning In Times Square
Early Morning In Times Square
Radio City Music Hall
Radio City Music Hall
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Lift Going Up The Rockerfeller Ce…
Central Park From The Top Of The R…
Central Park From The Top Of The …
View South From The Rock
View South From The Rock
Looking Down On The Skyscrapers
Looking Down On The Skyscrapers
Close Up Of Empire State
Close Up Of Empire State
Ice Rink Sculpture
Ice Rink Sculpture
Rockerfeller Centre Ice Rink
Rockerfeller Centre Ice Rink
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Wisdom And Knowledge Enterance To…
St Patricks Cathedral
St Patrick's Cathedral
Cathedral Door
Cathedral Door
Stain Glass In St Patricks
Stain Glass In St Patrick's
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Main Body Of The Church
Shrine At Side
Shrine At Side
More Stain Glass
More Stain Glass
Old Taxi Outside Grand Central
Old Taxi Outside Grand Central
Information Point And Boards
Information Point And Boards
Passage To Tracks
Passage To Tracks
Middle Of grand Central Terminal
Middle Of grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Clock
Grand Central Clock
Lieke In Grand Central Terminal
Lieke In Grand Central Terminal
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Park Avenue - The Canyon Of Corpo…
The Waldorf Astoria
The Waldorf Astoria
St Bartholomew Church
St Bartholomew Church
Chandalier In Waldorf Astoria
Chandalier In Waldorf Astoria
Waldorf Astoria Clock
Waldorf Astoria Clock
Lift In Hotel
Lift In Hotel
The Trump World Tower
The Trump World Tower
UN Building From Across The Street
UN Building From Across The Street
Tudor City
Tudor City
Washington Centennial Arch
Washington Centennial Arch
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Travbuddies Cross Washington Squa…
Bottom Of 5th Avenue Through The A…
Bottom Of 5th Avenue Through The …
Information Stop
Information Stop
Village Gate
Village Gate
sawdust Floor In The Back Fence
sawdust Floor In The Back Fence
Telecoms Building
Telecoms Building
Evolution
Evolution
Skulls Inside Evolution
Skulls Inside Evolution
Masks In Chinese Shop
Masks In Chinese Shop
Dragon
Dragon
Speech
Speech
Time To Talk
Time To Talk
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