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Welcome to New York (Part 2)

Welcome back to my blog chronicling the second part of my New York trip.

David and Brian got us wristbands for unlimited rides to Coney Island. For those of you who don’t know, Coney Island is a major tourist trap nice beach boardwalk…that might be on an island or something? I just know after sleeping for an hour on the subway from Manhattan, we arrived here. For us Californians, the closest equivalent we have are the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk or the Santa Monica Pier.

But here it is:

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The wristbands enabled us to ride rides like these:

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Whee!

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One weird drawback was that not all the rides were managed by the same company, so if you got a wristband, you had to be careful to ride only rides belonging to that company. For example, our wristband did not allow us to ride the famous Ferris wheel.

We did stop for lunch to get a Nathan’s (R) hot dog! Nathan’s! (R)

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Nathan’s hot dogs, as you may know are the official hot dogs of the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest each year, which celebrates gluttony and the waste of perfectly good food that could’ve gone to feed the poor the eating prowess of America. The current champion actually lives in my home town in California.

I usually don’t like taking pictures of my food, but in hindsight I should’ve taken one of my Nathan’s hot dog.and was kind of disappointed at the size. Especially after getting a massive sausage at the Chicago airport, I was disappointed that Nathan’s “famous” hot dog turned out to be the size of a finger. But they dressed it up with tons of onions and sauerkraut to make it appear larger. I mean, it tasted good, but…I was expecting bigger.

I didn’t have a picture so I’ll have to borrow one from Nick.:

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Actually, now that I’m looking at Nick’s photos, I’m really impressed. Here’s one he took of the Coney Island subway:

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Anyway, back to my photos.
After Coney Island we headed back into town in search of the 9/11 Memorial. Here’s a new shopping center called the Oculus:

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Before we found the memorial, we saw 1 World Trade Center a.k.a. Freedom Tower. It reflected the sky and oh wow it’s just so beautiful…

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Then we found the 9/11 Memorial. They are two big squares with flowing water…where the Twin Towers used to be. The names engraved on the sides are of those who died:

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Then we walked to the heart of Wall Street to the site I had been wanting to see all day—Fearless Girl!

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Then out of nowhere this little girl went up to hug Fearless Girl:

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Also, I think that might be Brie Larsen in that photo too.

Of course, next to Fearless Girl was some dumb Charging Bull.

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For some reason, a lot of people were in line to take a picture with the bull’s backside. I mean, just look at this asshole:

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Oh and the bull’s one too.

And here is the New York Stock Exchange…with a giant Chinese ad over it:

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Then we took the subway back. I know it’s stalkerish to take pictures of a stranger on a subway but this woman in the yellow shirt was so captivating…she was like something out of a modern art painting:

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That night…or was it the previous night…I’m so confused…we went to see the Empire State Building. Like the Statue, there was also a long line to get through TSA-type security:

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Here is the view from the 84th floor of the building. The views were amazing. I wish my camera could do the skyline justice:

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Here is a shot of the famous Chrysler Building:

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On our very last day in New York before we left for the airport, we had a bit of time to go see Central Park, since it was like…right there.

We caught the end of the Shape Women Half-Marathon. You go, ladies!

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Here are a few photos of Central Park:

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Oh look, Shakespeare in the Park. Literally:

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We saw Strawberry Fields, which is a tribute to John Lennon. People were constantly walking on it and taking selfies on it. This was the one brief moment that it was free of feet:

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Oh and here are two sights I found amusing during my time in New York. This horse and carriage was just going down the street outside our hotel:

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And here is a trash can that says “No business trash”…and there’s a computer monitor in it:

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And some pictures of the subway/metro. We paid $32 for a full-week pass. It was a great deal, considering we took it everywhere:

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Well, until next time, New York…

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Welcome to New York (Part 1)

So…I just got back from NYC. We tried to cram so many things into just a few days that I’m exhausted. So exhausted that the events I’m going to describe may not be in chronological order. But let’s get on with it, shall we? As the great philosopher and wordsmith Taylor Swift once said, “Welcome to New York!”

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After looking at hostels and many sketchy AirBnB listings, Joe, Nick and I decided to stay at the Hudson Hotel, which offered a significant discount if we booked a 4+ day stay and paid in advance. David and Brian stayed at a different hotel. This was the view from our room. Isn’t it gorgeous and full of buildings?

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This was our room by the way:

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It was pretty close to Times Square. Once you ignore all the piles of garbage bags on the streets, Times Square is beautiful:

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We rested for most of our first day, but on our first full day we visited the Statue of Liberty. For over a century, she has stood as the symbol to immigrants that says “Welcome to America.” To give us a more immersive experience of what it was like to be an immigrant, we were asked to wait in a long line, take off our hats and belts, and have our possessions searched through TSA-type security. Then voila! We were on a ferry to see Lady Liberty.

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The first thing we saw once we arrived on the island was Lady Liberty with her back to us:

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Please turn around, Lady. Ah there we go:

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Unfortunately, to get to the top of the crown, we would have had to book many months in advance. So we settled for the pedestal…with views like these:

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And here’s the famous Manhattan skyline:

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That night we went to the famous Stonewall Inn, a bar and the site of the famous Stonewall riot, which according to Wikipedia, is “widely considered to be the single most important event leading to the gay liberation movement.” Also this: “the Stonewall Inn was the first landmark in New York City to be recognized by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.” Cool beans.

Upstairs was a drag show hosted by Logan Hardcore, one of the funniest drag shows I’ve ever seen perform. And I’ve seen at least two or three drag shows.

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The next day, we went to the Met, which most people know as the place where celebrities gather to show off hideous, unwearable outfits. On normal days there are art exhibitions at the Met as well.

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Some of the art seemed kind of wrong to me. Like these people were resting peacefully in their pyramids until somebody dug them (and their tombs) up and put them in a museum:

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But I guess it’s important to have old artifacts on display so we can learn more about ancient civilization. For example, this one shows they had selfie sticks even back in the day. Wow:

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Afterward we went in search of Rockefeller Center.

Here is Atlas, holding up the world on his shoulders:

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Here’s the gold what’s-his-name:

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Here’s the gold what’s-his-name zoomed out:

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OK I looked up the gold guy. His name is Prometheus, or for people who lisp, that’s Prometheith.

Here is 30 Rock, which surprisingly is not where “30 Rock” was filmed:

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But it’s where Saturday Night Live, which “30 Rock” is based on, is filmed. And here is Radio City Music Hall, where the Rockettes are. Rockettes are dancers who specialize in kicking perfectly in sync. I don’t know how they do it. That kind of pressure would drive me to madness.

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Then that night (or was it the next night? I’ve lost all sense of space and time), we went to see “Chicago” on Broadway, which received mixed reviews…from us. Joe and Nick loved it, whereas David and I were disappointed by the lack of elaborate sets (the orchestra was on stage, which took up most of the “acting” space)

Here is a pic I borrowed from Nick:

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That’s the end of Part 1. Come back tomorrow when I try to remember more events from our trip and have more beautiful pictures to show you.

 

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