New York is where I’d raaatha be (except the subway)

Well, I have a thing or two to learn about putting this many pictures and text together. First of all, they have all appeared here in reverse order from how I chose them, but hopefully I won’t confuse you to much. This shot is of Central Park, a truly lovely oasis in the city. This is as close as we got to Lady Liberty. I would love to go back sometime and spend some time in this genesis of so many of our citizen’s stories.
Libby was such a great companion! This lovely spot is just a few blocks from our hotel in Brooklyn and from the little bakery I’ll never forget. OOOh, those chocolate macaroons!

Though I really didn’t like the subway, which I think I might have mentioned a few dozen times before, it was so interesting to watch the regular riders lose themselves in a book during the ride. This gentleman was carrying a book that was obviously not pocket-sized and pouring over what looked like a very old book of poetry.

This is Libby reveling in the nightlife in Times Square. The sign above her head is no reflection on her character.

On our bus tour we passed many places of note, including Bloomingdales, the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, Wall Street, Carnegie Hall, the United Nations and the Staten Island Ferry.

The Empire State Building had no sign of King Kong. It is still an impressive sight although now it is dwarfed by many of the cities taller buildings.

Here we are like Ginger and Mary Ann on a “three-hour tour” on top of a double-decker bus in perfect weather seeing the wonderful sights of New York City from Times Square to Soho, Greenwich Village, Central Park and so much more. Our tour guide was well-versed in the types of architecture and the history of each neighborhood we passed. We passed Ground Zero, a sobering site of new construction, considering the scene of horror that had happened there a few years ago.

The billboards and neon of Times Square are amazing. They are experimenting this summer with closing off the street at 42nd and Broadway, so people were sitting in the street in lawn chairs throughout the evening. We visited a discount ticket booth and purchased tickets to Mama Mia at half price for great seats. So glad we got to experience a show on Broadway! Unforgettable!
This is the Javitz Center where Book Expo America was held.

Having never visited New York City before, I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun it was. We encountered no unfriendly people, were surprised by the lack of sirens and honking and we marveled at the infinite variety of people as we heard so many languages spoken, passed through Chinatown and Haasidic Jewish communities, and marveled at the largely invisible, but so important, planning that keeps a city of that size running smoothly.

Published in: on June 6, 2009 at 6:31 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Nice photo journal soo! It was a great trip, thanks again foe inviting me!

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