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New York City

So we caught the train out of Bridgeport, Connecticut into the city.

It took approx 1 hour and we were in Grand Central Station.

Wow it is huge and definitely worth seeing!

We stayed at the Comfort Inn Times Square South

305 West 39th St

timessquare.gm.comfortnyc.com

Cost first night: $209 plus tax and fees

Second night: $229 plus tax and fees

If we wanted to stay a third night which was a Thurs it was bumped up to over $300

We only stayed the two nights, but were in New York City for 3 days.

The hotel room was very clean, comfortable. Hotel was quiet with very friendly staff. There was an excellent free continental breakfast every morning with waffles, eggs, cereal, toast, sausage, fruit, yogurt, etc.....

We decided the first day the best way to tour was to seek out the experts so we bought 3 day passes from Grayline Tours:

http://www.grayline.com/New_York/Classic_New_York_Double_Decker_Bus_Tour

The cost was $95/ea and we could hop off and on the double decker bus all day long. It was a guided tour with commentary throughout and lots of picture taking. This tour also included the night tour and entrance to two attractions. We chose the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. We also spent lots of time walking the Broadway district, Times Square and Central Park. Food vendors were everywhere and the food was excellent quality and price. We did splurge and go to a very nice dinner at a sushi restaurant on our last evening in the city.

Below are a few pictures we took of our wonderful visit

Grand Central Station

My first New York City pretzel

New York Times

City Police

Times Square

 

Naked Cowboy in Times Square

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHhi2tEdfZ8&feature=youtu.be

 

Saxophone player

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Lu2u_R7yYM

 

Awesome food food vendor in Times Square

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of2RFCH3M8w

 

 

Disneyland promotion in Times Square

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nbBSSCp360

Empire State Building

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVH1kXLgxh4

 

Macys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKSdbESbA1k

Freedom Tower

http://www.nyc-tower.com/

Quoted from the website listed above: 

"The Freedom Tower is due to be completed in 2013.

The New York City Freedom Tower, which will stand 1,776 feet tall on the site of the former World Trade Center, is the work of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. It will serve as a beacon of freedom, and demonstrate the resolve of the United States, and the people of New York City. 

Construction on the tower, which will have a cubic base, began in early 2006. Steel became visible aboveground in 2007, and by 2013 the building will be ready for occupancy - twelve years after the World Trade Center was destroyed by terrorist attacks. 

The site will also feature the Reflecting Absence memorial, which will honor the 2,986 men and women who died as a result of the terrorist attacks which thrust America, and the world, into war. Over 2,500 people died after the World Trade Center came crashing down to earth, and leaders vow they will never be forgotten."

 

Broadway show theatre playing Evita ( One of many. Note that Broadway shows are not necessarily held on Broadway Street. They are scattered throughout the city)

 

Central Park

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67Dtw3PbGiI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_yhmoCgiP8

 

New York City Architecture

 

St Paul's Chapel

http://www.trinitywallstreet.org/congregation/spc/

Quoted from above website: "Opened in 1766, St. Paul's Chapel is Manhattan's oldest public building in continuous use - a place where George Washington worshiped and 9/11 recovery workers received round-the-clock care. Part of the Episcopal Parish of Trinity Church, St. Paul's is a center for worship and the arts, a community of reconciliation, and a place of pilgrimage for all people."

American Stock Exchange

Wallstreet area

 

New York City Stock Exchange

 

Tiffany & Co

Manhattan Skyline at Night

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raxFQ9kkTHA

Chinatown

Rockefeller Center

http://www.rockefellercenter.com/

This is the restaurant John and I dined at on our last night in the Big Apple

 Kodama Sushi

301 West 45th St ( Bet. 8th Ave & 9th Ave)

http://www.kodamasushi.com/

Did you know you should check the rating of a restaurant before eating there?

 The rating is given by the local health inspectors.

Letter Grade inspections began July 26, 2010

GRADING SYSTEM

0-13 Points= "A"

14-27 Points="B"

14-27 Points="C"

http://www.ehagroup.com/food-safety/new-york-abc-restaurant-grading/

 

Our restaurant had an "A"

 

 

So did you know there are no alleys in downtown Manhattan and therefore they have to put their garbage out every night on the curb? Their are fines if it is put out too early. The sanitation dept is very efficient. We saw them in action and by the next morning the streets are clean and it was like they were never there.

Spanish Harlem

People going to work in NYC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c58q6qP6NZg

Guggenheim Museum

http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york

New York City Subway

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AIQSRSfUHs

New York State Scenery

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5y-ZWcHVIo

 

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