S: New York 2008
1: OFF TO THE BIG APPLE Tues. July 29th Sat. Aug 2nd 2008
2: We hurried off the plane, jumped into a taxi and made it to the Minskoff Theater. We had luggage, travel clothes and greasy hair!
3: After the Lion King Broadway Performance we decided to head down Times Square with all our luggage in tow trying to find our hotel. It turns out we had no clue where we were going and waved down another taxi!
4: Our first destination: Yankee Stadium | We got to tour Central Park and see the sights around 5th Ave area.
5: We were a little naive on how long traveling would take... which led us to our first subway experience. WOW!! Tribeca area all the way to the Bronx. It was a good thing that Jen knew how to read maps. Darren and Dan had their first glimpse of Yankee Stadium and that is were they wanted to stay! | Hey, is that Donald in his bright blue shirt? | Wednesday July 30
6: Second Destination: Sight Seeing Around THE BIG APPLE | After taking taxis and the subway we cheaped out on the museum leaving a $5.00 donation instead of a recommended $20.00 donation! We had a great meal at Whole Foods and walked it off through Central Park. That night we had supper at Times Square at ESPN and then walked around checking out the bright lights and all of the people.
8: We stayed at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Tribeca. Our hotel room was cute and cozy. Good thing that we only had to sleep there.
9: We decided to go on a Hop-on-Hop Off tour of NY. It was a great way to see the city and listen to the tour guide .
10: EMPIRE STATE BUILDING | Fact: at one time it was the tallest building in the world. It was built in 1930, has 102 floors, 1,860 steps and is 1,224 feet high.
12: Our night time tour stopped at the historic Brooklyn Fulton Ferry Landing for a photo opportunity. We took pictures of the glittering Manhattan Skyline. We also enjoyed nighttime views and ambiance of Times Square, Chinatown, Empire State Building , Greenwich Village, SoHo, Little Italy, Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge and Lower East Side.
14: Statue of Liberty
15: We took a long ride to Staten Island to take a closer look at the Statue of Liberty. It was a 25 minute ride to St. George, Staten Island and a 25 minute ride back to Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan, but it was FREE.
16: Monument Park Where the legends live, a tribute to all the past Yankee GREATS
18: It was worth the wait. We did a backstage tour of Yankee Stadium and got to see the ins and outs of the ball park. The grass oh ya... it was real. We could only look at it. Touching and stepping were not allowed. There was some type of unexplainable energy inside the house that Ruth built.
20: These fans were excited in many ways. Nothing like a 9.50 beer to get you charged up for the big game against the L.A Angels.
22: What an experience to say the least. The excited sports fans were a little disappointed with the one nothing loss. Overall it was a great game..... and fun was had by all.
23: Some of New Yorks "Finest" were quick at recognizing we were not locals and helped us with our venture back home. The crowds were crazy and the streets were jammed packed.
24: We walked from our hotel to check out the sites of Little Italy and China Town. We stopped in China Town and picked up our I LOVE NY t-shirts. We ended up hanging out in stores to wait until it stopped raining. We stopped for gelato in Little Italy before we headed back to the hotel.
25: Little Italy and China Town