Day two in the Big Apple

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My brother in front of a four story ferris wheel INSIDE Toys R Us at Times Square

On day two, we all hit the ground running.  I was very impressed that everyone kept up, even with all the walking we did!  Early in the morning, we got on the subway and took it down to Times Square.  From there we walked a few blocks to where they were filming the Today show.  I don't watch the news show, but oh well.  We got there just in time to see Phil Collins perform a few songs on the outdoor stage.  Our view wasn't terribly great, and we were looking at the back of his head, but we could hear just fine.  When the performance was done, the stars of the Today show crossed the street to their outdoor newsroom and prepared to interview some lady I had never seen before.  We, along with the other thousands of people that were there, crossed the street to get a view of the interview.

View from the Empire State Building - see the Statue of Liberty?
  You can actually see us on tv if you happened to watch the Today show on this day!

Since we were right in front of NBC studios, we thought it would be interesting to take a tour of the building.  It was a no photos allowed type of thing, but we got to see how they do things behind the scenes.  We didn't see any stars, but we got to see several of the rooms where shows of past and present have been filmed.  I actually thought the tour was well worth it, so go check it out yourself!

We went back to Times Square and this time took a look around.  We stopped in several of the shops including the world's largest Toys R Us store, with a four story ferris wheel inside!  I never thought I would be taking pictures inside a toy store.

King Kong made an appearance in the Empire State Building (he took the elevator this time)
  After some time at Times Square, we walked the streets of New York to the Empire State Building.  Once you get close, it's impossible to miss!  We walked around the lobby a bit before heading up to the lookout deck.  It was a cloudy day but the rain held off for us, and the view was only a little hazy.  We could see all the way to New Jersey.  On our way out of the building, we bumped into King Kong.  Apparently he took the elevator this time...I guess he learned his lesson about climbing on the side!

After leaving the Empire State Building, we continued our walk through the city.  The walk took us past the public library and to Grand Central Station.  We went inside to see what was going on.  Just like in Europe, it was full of people hurrying to wherever they were headed!  It was surprisingly dark in there, so pictures didn't really turn out.  We ended the day by walking back through Central Park to our hotel - a long walk but well worth it!

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My brother in front of a four stor…
My brother in front of a four sto…
View from the Empire State Buildin…
View from the Empire State Buildi…
King Kong made an appearance in th…
King Kong made an appearance in t…
Inside Grand Central Station
Inside Grand Central Station
The cast of the Today show
The cast of the Today show
Hes got the whole world in his ha…
He's got the whole world in his h…
Today shows outdoor broadcast cen…
Today show's outdoor broadcast ce…
Today show audience
Today show audience
Old timers at Yankee Stadium
Old timers at Yankee Stadium
Al Roker
Al Roker
New York City!
New York City!
Inside the Toys R Us
Inside the Toys R Us
Macys
Macy's
The Empire State Building
The Empire State Building
Inside the Empire State Building
Inside the Empire State Building
View from the Empire State Building
View from the Empire State Building
View from the Empire State Building
View from the Empire State Building
New York traffic
New York traffic
Radio City Music Hall
Radio City Music Hall
NBC Studios
NBC Studios
Today Show
Today Show
Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center
Al Roker at the Today Show
Al Roker at the Today Show
This church seems out of place!
This church seems out of place!
Times Square
Times Square
New York Public Library
New York Public Library
Empire State Building
Empire State Building
Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station
5th Avenue (famous for shopping)
5th Avenue (famous for shopping)
New York
photo by: herman_munster