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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