Trip to New York–Day 2

Welcome back! You can read Day 1 of our trip to New York here. We packed so many things into three and a half days that I decided to break up the days into separate blog posts.

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After a great night’s sleep, we ate breakfast at Europa Cafe.

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We grabbed a cab and went to Chelsea Market in the Meatpacking District. It is in the former National Biscuit Company factory near the Hudson River.  I didn’t really know what to expect.  I was pleasantly surprised by the architecture.  
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The exposed brick was accented with rebar, stone, glass blocks, aluminum and industrial pieces. It is a photographer’s dream.

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The water feature is made up of drill bits.

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The clock was surrounded by an arch of sparkling lights.
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Of course, Chelsea Market is known for it’s variety of food–from sweets to cheeses to lobster to wines! A foodie’s paradise.

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Time for coffee!  We sat in Starbuck’s and watched it rain.

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I still had feelings about 9/11.  I have mixed feelings about building another tower.  We talked about it and decided to visit One World Trade Center.  I had some apprehension about going to the top–nothing I could really put into words.

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We bought our tickets and went through security.  The elevator ride to the 102nd floor takes 47 seconds!  The elevator is surrounded with screens and a movie plays as you ride. It is New York through the years.  It starts in the 1800’s and progressively moves through to present day.  Very nicely done!  Once on the 102nd floor, we were lined up in front of panels that showed movies of New York scenes.  At the end these panels rise up and you are looking out at the city!  I burst into tears.  It was so breathtaking and beautiful that it just caught me off guard.  We brought our children to eat at Top of the World restaurant in January of the same year 9/11 happened.  To be able to see the same view again was very moving.

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That is the Statue of Liberty in the distance.

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There are two squares, one here and one closer to the building.  They are the memorials where the Twin Towers once stood.

I am walking on the sky portal where cameras are videoing on the roof looking down the side of the tower.

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Juan reflecting high over the city.

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Back on the ground, we visited the memorial.

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This structure reminds me of eagle’s wings rising up.  It is actually a new transportation center.

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We walked across the street to visit St. Paul’s Chapel, where recovery workers went after 9/11 to rest.

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The church still houses pictures, rosaries, and memorabilia from 9/11.  It was on the iron fence that people would place these items in search of their lost loved ones.

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Here is a collection of patches, hats, banners and such from fire and police stations from all over the world.

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I was holding it together until I came across this Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office patch.  This is our hometown….and who knew that after all this time our son would be a police officer!  I cried pretty much uncontrollably.  We never know what our police officers or firefighters might have to face.  It was time to lighten the mood—so we went shopping!

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This is City Hall Park path.  We decided we wanted to walk the Brooklyn Bridge–well half way!

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I was fascinated with these big, black squirrels.  We only have skinny, brown ones at home.

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This is Brooklyn Bridge Promenade.  We ate a hot dog from a street vendor as we walked along.

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The views from the bridge were amazing!  We took a cab to Times Square to get our discounted tickets for the show we wanted to see.  You line up and buy the tickets up to 40 percent off.  We chose “Kinky Boots” with Wayne Brady.  We have been a fan since “Whose Line is it Anyway?

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The show was just wonderful.  Wayne Brady did not disappoint.  I am always amazed at the sets and costuming.  It was very fun and risqué.

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Ummm……hubby as I never thought I would see him! Such fun!657

We were so hungry by this time.  We walked from the theatre to dinner.  We came upon this Delorean like the one from “Back to the Future.”

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We had reservations at Tony’s Di Napoli.

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This restaurant serves Italian dinners family style.  Juan ordered the chicken parmigiana and I ordered “Ala Vodka” Sauce with Mushrooms.  This was by far our favorite meal of the entire trip!

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My mouth is watering for this dinner.  Five Star!  This brings us to the end of Day 2 in New York.  I hope you will come back and visit for Days 3 and 4.

 

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