Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Big Apple

Wow. New York was SO AMAZING! We had so much fun and saw so many great things. The only thing that could have made it better was not forgetting my sneakers. My feet were cracked and hurt so bad by the end of the trip from wearing flip flops and walking 50 miles. Some things about New York:

A. I knew there would be bums but I didn't really think they would be sleeping in boxes. They literally slept in boxes on the sidewalk. It was sad.
B. Even though the subway is dirty and has some crazy people on it, overall I think it's just amazing. Incredible that they can build such a huge underground transportation system.
C. It must just be from watching too many movies, but I expected to see more people that were really fashion forward being that it's such a huge fashion capital and there weren't. Just average people in average dress.

D. The Statue of Liberty is small. Absolutely amazing, but smaller than the movies make it look. (I guess I should stop watching so many movies)
One of the best stories we got from the trip was when we were getting off of the Staten Island Ferry. We were behind this woman that was pushing a stroller and also had her small child with her. Maybe 5 or 6 years old. Woman talking to her 5 year old son "Hold my arm, HOLD MY ARM!!! Do you want somebody to grab you and kidnap you, and then chop your head off and cut you into tiny pieces? HOLD MY ARM!!" She wasn't kidding either. I just wanted to say Lady, your kid is like 5 years old, if anyone is going to cut him into tiny pieces it's going to be you, because you're crazy!
Here are all of our pictures. There are seriously a ton, but I couldn't choose just a few.
Sorry the picture is blurry. The first night we were there we ate at this mexican restaurant. And this is their menu. On the top of the menu it has all the mexican dishes, and then at the bottom of the menu it says 'FOR GRINGOS' And lists a few American items. Pretty funny.

There were some seriously amazing churches. And the graveyards surrounding the churches were awesome. Some of the headstones were dated from the early 1800's.

Rockafeller Center, Carnagie Hall and Radio City

Times Square

Empire State Building

Grand Central Station

I know they haven't been doing the greatest this year, but we got lucky and went to an AWESOME game. Called up in the 7th inning, Giambi crushed a game-tying pinch-hit home run, then drilled a ninth-inning walk-off hit to defeat the Red Sox, 3-2, in the final regular-season Yankee Stadium contest between the two storied rivals. It was so amazing. I'm so happy I was able to see the stadium before they tear it down.

Brooklyn Bridge

Wall Street and the Financial District

It was cool seeing all the men in their expensive suits, and the security standing outside the banks with serious artillery.

Staten Island Ferry

Chicago on Broadway (so amazing)

Central Park

One of my favorite things in New York was walking around Greenwich Village. I had a guide that took us around to different houses and tells you about them. These houses were built in the 1820's and the architecture is just unbelievable. Just such a cute place. If I were to ever move to New York it would be to here. There is one picture of a cobble stone street I'm walking down. This was the original cobble stone street from when they used horse and buggy as transportation. The pictures aren't very good because it was dark.

Just a really really amazing place to go and experience. If you ever get the chance you need to!


ATH79 said...

I'm so jealous, it looks like you had a really great time.

Cardwell said...

I'm so glad you guys had a good trip. Looks like you got a lot in in a few days. BTW - You look HOT in the pic going to 'Chicago' - woohoo!! :)

The Duckworth Family said...

What a FUN TRIP! Wow, you sure know how to take a vacation! I want to go back to New York SOO bad! Looks like you had a great time.

Alli said...

Wow I am so jealous right now! I would love to go to New York some day! The pics are amazing! Hope you had a great time!

Greg&Ky said...

I love love love New York! It looks like you had a wonderful trip! Looking at your pictures makes me want to go!

Dartay said...

I'm so jealous! New York is the best! I didn't want to come home when we went. Looks like a blast!