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New York, New York

It's hard to believe that this was my first trip ever to NYC, but it was. I arrived around 11pm on Saturday night and my best friend from college, Liz, met me there with her mom. I haven't seen Liz in about 4 years, but it was like we had just seen each other; we picked up right where we left off. I guess that's the way it is with best friends. Though she doesn't call me back and is generally pretty horrible about keeping in touch, I still love her to death.

We stayed at the Hilton Times Square. It was really neat for me to get into the city so late and get such a good feel for the city immediately. I arrived at Grand Central Station, which was quite overwhelming. I had seen pictures before, but seeing it in person was just amazing. It's so, so beautiful.

Sunday was tour day. We were up bright and early and took a tour of downtown. The tour basically went from Times Square all the way down to Battery Park and back. It's one of those hop on hop off tours, but we ended up actually walking most of the tour. Here's what we got to see in the downtown tour (and we only did 1/2 of the tour): Times, Macy's, Empire State Building, Penn Station, Flatiron District, Union Square, Greenwich Village, SoHo (which means South of Houston St), Chinatown, Little Italy, and the site of the World Trade Center.

From there we had to rush up to Pier 93 to catch our Harbor cruise tour. This was by far the best part of the day. Incredible views of the NY skyline, Jersey City, Ellis Island, Brooklyn, and of course, the Statue of Liberty. What an incredible day and we didn't even do the uptown tour and didn't get to see Central Park, but now I have a great excuse t

I was sad to see Liz and her Mom leave and I miss her a ton already. Hopefully our new baby will give her an excuse to come see us this summer, but I doubt she'll return my phone calls.

Here are just a few of my favorite pictures. I took about 180 pictures and will post them online soon, but wanted to get a few out.

Liz and I on the Harbor Cruise. Even though she has a filthy mouth, she's still such a doll!


The Flatiron Building


Inside City Hall


Site of the World Trade Center


Statue of Liberty


Tablet held by the Statue of Liberty


Brooklyn Bridge


Downtown Manhattan. The WTC was on the other side of these two buildings.


Our Hotel


NY Skyline from Brooklyn

Comments

  1. Glad you had fun. Its truly amazing there isn't it? I feel so fortunate that my sister lives in Manhatten...gives me excuses to visit. Next time, you have to see a Broadway show!

    Your photos are beautiful and so clear, as always. The one of the statue's tablet is awesome.

    Love to all-Sue

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  2. For the record....I am REPLYING, the picture of municipal hall was taken illegally and you are breaching national security by posting it, my language is pristine (although I am tempted to drop some F-bombs on your blog) and Andy is the official chief of the Circle Line PD. I wish everyone could have been on the cruise to see him alternating between "inviting" people to sit down and yelling at everyone (including David, the CAPTAIN) to take their seats. Classic Kriebel and I loved it!!

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