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New York City - 10/23/2009

Today Jenny and I took the Fun Bus to The Big Apple.  I wasn't able to get much sleep at all on the bus ride to the city.  But once we were there we didn't slow down a bit.  Here's a quick rundown of our day.

Rockefeller Center

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The bus dropped us off at Rockefeller Center at 7:00am.  We didn't fight the crowds and do that whole Today Show thing.  We simply took a few pictures and then walked 16 blocks down 5th Avenue to the Empire State Building.

Empire State Building

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The observatory opened at 8:00 and we got right in.  We had already purchased our tickets online and getting through security didn't take very long at all.  Once we were up to the 86th floor we had great views of the entire city.  A few blocks east of the Empire State Building we rode the 6 Train uptown to Grand Central Station.

Grand Central Station

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A few quick pictures around the station and we headed west on the 7 Train to Time Square Station and continued on foot on W. 42nd St. to Pier 83 and the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises.

Statue of Liberty

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Click here to see the pictures of the Statue of Liberty.

We arrived at the pier at 10:45 and our water tour departed at 11:30.  We sailed down the Hudson River and past the Statue of Liberty.  Then our cruise turned north up the East River.  We past under the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and Williamsburg Bridge.  The boat turned around at Roosevelt Island and the United Nations.  We returned down the East River, back up the Hudson River and docked back at Pier 83 at 1:30pm.

Lunch at Olympic Restaurant Diner

After the water tour Jenny and I walked through the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood and found a local dinner on 8th Avenue.  We ate at the Olympic Restaurant Diner.  The tab was about $35 for the both of us.  Good food, good price, good service, good local vibe.  This was the exact New York meal I was looking forward to.  Next, we were off to Central Park.

Bethesda Fountain in Central Park

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We rode the C Train to Central Park West and W. 72nd Street.  Once there we saw the Dakota Building where John Lennon lived.  We walked in Central Park and we saw Strawberry Fields, The Lake, Bethesda Fountain, The Ramble, The Obelisk and The Great Lawn.  Then was took the 1 Train downtown to Battery Park.

Battery Park

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We walked around Battery Park and saw Castle Clinton, the Statue of Liberty and the Hudson River.  Jenny and I then walked north towards the World Trade Center.

World Trade Center

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As we walk outside the perimeter of ground zero we took pictures of the construction site.  7 World Trade Center has already been completed and is occupied.  There are about 8 stories of steel erected for One World Trade Center.  Next we took the 1 Train uptown to Time Square.

Time Square

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Once we were at Time Square we were flooded with the sites of neon, LED's and video.

We found our way back to Rockefeller Center to wait for the bus.  I did some shopping at H&M.  Love that store.

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The trip was a blast and completely exhausting.  I think I'll sleep for a week.

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