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Rachel's New York Trip

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S: Rachel's New York Trip, June 2010

1: Off we go, leaving Huntsville on Rachel's first airplane ride.

2: Our first stop on the way to the Big Apple was the Washington DC airport | The Washington Monument!

3: Manhattan on our final approach | What's the first thing you do in New York? Catch a cab of course! (That's the Empire State Building straight ahead)

4: We had to rough it at the Renaissance Hotel in Times Square

5: First Stop: The American Museum of Natural History | The American Museum of Natural History was founded in 1869 and is one of the largest museums in the world.

6: The museum contains over 32 million specimens and houses the largest collection of fossil mammals and dinosaurs in the world. | This T-Rex is composed almost entirely of real fossil bones

7: The Ahnighito meteorite weighs 34 tons and is the largest meteorite on display at any museum in the world. It is supported by columns that extend through the floor and into the bedrock below the museum. | Wow -- that's a scary fish! | The Great Canoe Built in 1878 by natives from the Northwest coast

9: New York's Finest | Talent and tunes in the Subway

10: This is just a little bit of the beauty and nature found in Central Park, right in the middle of Manhattan

12: The American Girl Store!

13: Breakfast in a New York Deli Yum!

14: NBC Studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza | The Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Plaza which is home to the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree,

15: The Empire State Building

16: The Empire State Building is 1250 ft tall and was the tallest building in the world for 40 years after it was built in 1931 until the World Trade Center North Building was completed. | No, that isn't Daddy -- he's taking this picture

17: From the top of the Empire State Building, you can see just about all of Manhattan

18: Is this heaven?

19: That is a BUNCH of M&Ms | Tasty!

20: One Big KISS!

21: Highlights of our bus tour around Manhattan | Aren't we Cute!

22: The Waldorf Astoria Hotel | Saks & Company

23: Old stands next to new in Manhattan skyscrapers | Apartments of the rich and famous | Chinatown | Flatiron Bldg 1902

24: Trinity Church is an active Episcopal church in lower Manhattan at the intersection of Wall Street and Broadway. The original Trinity Church was built in 1696-7 and was the first site of King's College (Columbia University). Captain William Kidd lent the runner and tackle from his ship for hoisting the stones of the first Trinity Church building in 1698. The church that we see today is the third building on the same location, completed in 1846. | Alexander Hamilton and Franklin Wharton are buried in the church cemetery. Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) was a Founding Father, soldier, and the first United States Secretary of the Treasury. Hamilton was one of the most influential founders. He was an author of The Federalist Papers and a primary adviser to George Washington. Franklin Wharton (1767 – 1818) was an American Hero and the third Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. | During the September 11, 2001 attacks, as the 1st Tower collapsed, people took refuge from the massive debris cloud inside the church.

25: Ground Zero | September 11, 2001

26: St. Paul's Chapel | St. Paul's Chapel is the oldest public building in continuous use and the only remaining colonial-era church in Manhattan. In 1790, George Washington prayed in St. Paul's after his inauguration as the first president of the United States

27: Above George Washington's pew is one of the earliest, original oil paintings of the Great Seal of the United States, commissioned in 1785. | This is George Washington's Pew. George Washington continued to worship at St. Paul's Chapel until the capital of the U.S. moved from New York to Philadelphia in 1790. | Saint Paul's Chapel, directly across from Ground Zero, was largely undamaged and served as a rest station for rescue workers in the aftermath of September 11th, 2001.

29: The girls decided that Dad should see the city at night, so we took a night tour bus of the city and went across the Brooklyn Bridge for a view of Manhattan.

30: While Dad was busy in class, the girls took a cruise on the Hudson River to see the Statue of Liberty

31: Ellis Island was the gateway that welcomed millions of immigrants to the United States. Originally only 3.3 acres, it has grown to 27.5 acres through reclamation with landfill. The original part was in New Jersey and the reclaimed part was in New York. The entire island has been owned by the federal government since 1808. | By the time it closed in 1954, twelve million immigrants had been processed through Ellis Island

32: The Statue of Liberty is the symbol of the American ideal of freedom.

33: Lady Liberty represents the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tablet (evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. | The statue of liberty was a gift to the US from France, dedicated in 1886

34: A store with old sewing machines. Wall to wall. | Shopping in Soho

35: We had a great dinner in Little Italy.

36: We also took a ride on the Staten Island Ferry that night

37: Just hanging out with a few NYC friends....

38: Rachel in Times Square

39: The view from our hotel | Our hotel lounge

41: FAO Schwarz

42: I like you, but can you please let me go? | This is the piano that Tom Hanks danced on in the movie "Big." | The Queen of Hearts wants you!

43: Lots of things to love | Don't Shoot, Chewie!

44: We went to our first Broadway Play -- The Lion King!

47: Times Square from The Minskoff Theatre where we saw The Lion King

48: Toys R Us is a HUGE store!

49: Help! Let us out!

50: Goodbye New York! Time to head home.

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