Wednesday, 14 May 2014

New York NY (Day 2-Continued)

Let's roll back the time clock and pretend we are just on the NY Waterway taxi on Wednesday the 14th okay? So, I just showed you the pictures of coming across the NY harbour. I explained how we liked to do the tour bus options and how well those worked for us. Good general, quick overview of a massive city!!

When you come into dock at Pier 11, this is what you see.
This is the edge of Wall Street and the financial district.....

Looking across to Brooklyn Heights, right from the ferry dock.....
 
So, in order to start our bus tour, we had to walk about 1 mile around the end of the financial district, past the Staten Island Ferry terminal and past Battery Park. Then they have a bunch of ticket sellers just waiting for you!!  Didn't take long and we were on the bus.....
 
Always up on top, but the skies were still pretty grey....

Lots of this, all day (especially for Doug!)

Some of the old tenement houses. One guide told us that the landlords used to
only put bathrooms out in the lanes outside, not even in the buildings. Then the city inspectors made them change that and they hard to put small toilet room on each floor, not a bathtub, just a toilet. They used to put a bathtub in the kitchen and when not in use would put a piece of wood over top to be used as a counter. By the way, each floor had 4 apartments but some of the apartments could house up to 20 people from one family (in a 1 bdrm suite). In later years, they changed to having a bathroom in each apartment.



 

Lots of Asian folks celebrating something or maybe doing Tai Chi.....

When I take these pictures, I am always sure I will remember what
building they are. Sorry, I don't know this one!!
 
I felt like there was lots of greenery all around..... 

I am not sure why, in this entire truck, there was not
room for that little bag of peppers!

 The Helmsley Building in front of the Met Building.....

 

I "think" this is the Empire State Bldg....

Flags in front of 30 Rockefeller Plaza 
 

In 2008, Josh was in NYC on business and had someone take this picture.
They used to always watch 30 Rock, a TV show.....
 
So like son, like father. Isn't it coincidental that
they both are wearing green jackets
 
Lobby of 30 Rock....No, we did not go up to the top of the tower.
We really felt (or at least I did) that the $29 EACH was a little too much!!

I finally found that sculpture that I posed for so long ago!!!

 

Taxi's always rushing everywhere.....oh, and HONKING their horns too!!
Just like we imagined!!
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dakota Apartment where John & Yoko lived.
She still lives here and you occasionally see her around town....
 
It faces Central Park too..... 

 

 

 

...can you hear the horns???
 
 

The incredible Riverside Church (non-denominational) The bell tower
has 74 bells in it and up until 9/11 disaster, you could go right up
inside it to the very top. After that, they have stopped all entry into it.
What a huge shame.....

 

 

Can you imagine being able to up in this tower???
 
 
 
When we entered the sanctuary, our mouths just dropped. It does not matter
what religious beliefs you hold or if any. You cannot help but be stunned into silence
when you walk in here. It is pure genius and the pictures NEVER do it justice....
 
 

General Ulysses Grant's Tomb (and Mrs. Grant's). The 18th President of the US.
 History says that General Grant wanted to be buried in the West Point cemetery but (at that time) they would not allow civilians. That would mean that the lovely Mrs. Grant would not be able to be buried alongside her husband when her time came. So.....he had this huge tomb built instead!! Kinda an "up yours" move we thought. Three cheers for his cheekiness!! Anyway, we had our lunch, with this for our view, pretty much all to ourselves!!
It is right across the street from Riverside Church.....
 
After lunch, we hopped on the Bronx Tour. We loved it. The lady was from the Bronx and had that undeniable Bronx accent that we can all identify anywhere. She was an absolute treat. 
 

The rail line that runs above the city. Quite noisy and pretty dirty.....

 

 

 

Hudson River.....

 
 
 

The Bronx folks are very proud of Yankee Stadium....
 
Back over the Hudson River...

 

The very famous Apollo Theatre....

The Guggenheim Museum...

The VERY expensive apartments that look into Central Park.
Got $4,000 per square foot?
 

 
 
Time Square!!!!
 

Josh's selfie from his same 2008 trip - in Time Square too!!
(Yup, that's Gus' dad!!!)

For my sewing friends, Diane Johnston & Danna Bortolin.
the Garment District!!

Crazy cycling person.....

We thought this little "left-over" building was pretty funny.
They have left just a little bit of it!
 
Guess what....Empire State Building!!
But no King Kong....

 

Famous Flat Iron Building....

 

 

 
The next street we were on (below) we hit gridlock. I mean, the traffic did not move for about 1 hour. Then, this ambulance had to come through and it had it's siren wailing for the entire time as it s-l-o-w-l-y made it way through the cars. Sheesh!!

 

 

Pretty much all day this is all we could see of the Freedom Tower.....

 

...again, still fog!!

Yes, here is that Wall Street Bull.....

 
Honestly, that is about it for the day. The weather wasn't the greatest but it did stay dry all day. If you notice as you look at the immense amount of pictures, it started out grey, became sunny around lunch at Grant's Tomb and then clouded over again. The fog never did lift completely in the parts we needed it to lift! Oh well, that's Mother Nature for you!!
 
Again, you will notice that there are some things we did NOT get to on this first day. The 9/11 Memorial, Statue of Liberty to mention a few but we will get to those on Thursday.
 
Anyway, we had a great day. We stumbled back to the RV park, made dinner and that is when I started to TRY and do the post. Oh well, I am catching up now, just a few days late but I will carry on after this and get Day 3 done!!!
 
Peace.... 

2 comments:

  1. Excellent post! Doesn't matter if it's a bit late. Just love reading about your trip. Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks Peter!! You really should come here!

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