S: New York - August 2012
2: David got to fly First Class using MY frequent flyer miles 8.4.12
3: FIRST CLASS
4: Day 1: Saturday, August 4, 2012 What started out rough, turned out to be a great trip to New York. Our morning started super early, we left home at 4:30 to get to the airport for our 7:30 flight. Delay after delay our flight was finally cancelled. When I had booked David's flight, I used my frequent flyer miles and somehow he ended up in first class. His first class ticket allowed us to get preferential treatment when booking a new flight. We were put on standby for one flight and then finally made it out on a noon flight. We ended up in a larger plane with a more plush first class, he was balling. Our new flight took us into Newark, NJ instead of New York's LaGuardia airport but I was fortunate that my luggage found it's way to the different airport too. The change in airports caused a delay with our shuttle service and we spent about an hour in Newark trying to get a ride to our hotel, but at least it was entertaining. There were pigeons in the baggage claim area and David spotted a famous rapper, J. Cole, right where we were sitting. He snapped a picture of him with his cellphone. We finally got into a shuttle van and he crammed us in. More people than seat belts and our driver was pretty scary. We finally got dropped off at our hotel and David forgot his backpack in the | van. Luckily there were only snacks in there. We had a late dinner at Paninoteca, a little Italian place at Grand Central Terminal, which was connected to our hotel and then we went down for the night. Day 2: Sunday, August 5, 2012 Ready to get the most use out of our New York Pass, we got an early start. Here is what we did: Breakfast at Tim Horton's in KFC Rockefeller Center Top of the Rock Lunch at Lombardi's Tap dancers in Battery Park New York Water Taxi Brooklyn Bridge Statue of Liberty Dialog in the Dark Silver Guy Wall Street Times Square Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Here we ran into the family that was sitting with us in the terminal back in Houston. We were all scheduled to be on the flight that was supposed to land in NY around noon, we made it to our hotel by about 8pm and they didn't make it until about midnight. This is also where David bought his Pimp cup, still balling and on his first class kick. Walked 12 blocks in the rain to The Broadway Comedy club
5: Day 4: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 I went to my meeting at work while David stayed back in the hotel, slept late and had room-service breakfast. Later in the afternoon we headed back to the airport and then back home | Day 3: Monday, August 6, 2012 Breakfast in Grand Central Shopping in Times Square M&M Store Hershey Store Lunch at a Mexican food restaurant - I warned David that it wasn't Tex-Mex Central Park -– acrobats, gospel jazz band, gospel singing near Bethesda fountain and ice cream in the park A little relaxing in the Grand Hyatt hotel lobby Took the train into Tarrytown and settled in to the next hotel, Westchester Marriott Dinner at the hotel & relaxing in the hot tub | Celebrity Siting at the airport: J. Cole
7: Views from our cab window from the airport to the hotel 8.4.12 | 8.4.12
8: Grand HyattLobby | “Awilda” and “Chloe” are metaphors for the diversity and similarity of all people; people just trying to be happy where they are, when they are there,” according to Jaume Plensa. “Inspired by the thousands of people who pass through Grand Central Station and Grand Hyatt New York each day,” Awilda” and “Chloe”, pay homage to anonymous people in motion.”
9: Our room and the cool hallway | 8.4.12
10: Rockefeller Center 8.5.12
13: Top of the Rock Rockefeller Plaza | 8.5.12
15: Top of the Rock Rockefeller Plaza | 8.5.12
16: Battery Park
18: Statue of Liberty | The River Cafe'
19: Hudson River 8.5.12 | Clipper City Ship
20: Water Taxi Sites 8.5.12
23: Hudson River 8.5.12
26: In this exhibition we experienced NY in complete darkness. Romeo, who has been blind all of his life, led us through several different pitch black rooms. We each had our own authentic walking cane & we had to use our senses of touch, smell & hearing to get around. We experienced Central Park with different ground textures, a water fountain, bicycle & trees, a typical grocery store with a grocery basket & figuring out what the items were on the shelf, a subway, including a guitar case, climbing and descending the stairs, sitting in the train and the smell of a subway station, a NY city street with a newsstand, VW bug, construction cones & traffic sounds & a coffee shop with the smells of coffee & finding our seats in the booths where we were learned more about our guide. This was incredibly “eye-opening”.
28: New York Sites
30: Trump Building | New York Stock Exchange & Federal Hall National Memorial
31: That's me up there getting the shot of the NY Stock Exchange | 63 Wall Street
33: NYC Subway
34: 1/2 Personal Calzone at Lombardi's - Yum!
35: This is the kind of face you make when you eat Mexican food in New York
54: Bethesda Terrace Arcade was created in the 1860s as a part of the Park’s main formal architectural feature. | Trump International Hotel & Tower
55: Cherry Hill Fountain This fountain at the crest of Cherry Hill is centered at what was once a scenic turn-around for carriages. This Victorian fountain originally served as a watering trough for horses. | The Pond is one of Central Park’s seven naturalistic water bodies. Despite the millions of visitors who walk by the water’s edge each year, you can still find a sense of solitude.
60: Central Park 8.6.12 | Bethesda Fountain | Rising from Bethesda Terrace is Angel of the Waters, also called Bethesda Fountain. The statue references the Gospel of John, which describes an angel blessing the Pool of Bethesda and giving it healing powers.
61: Maine Monument The monument commemorates the 260 American sailors who perished when the battleship Maine exploded in the harbor of Havana, Cuba. | The San Remo
62: Grand Central Market
64: Grand Central Terminal