Flushing Grand Hotel
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... is a kind of terra incognita for me. I naturally know
Manhattan; I know some of the Bronx from growing up nearby in Yonkers; and even
Brooklyn is a place I’ve been to a few times. Queens, though, is a place I’ve
only driven through or taken the subway on the way to somewhere else, usually
La Guardia or Kennedy Airports, or someplace farther out on Long Island like
Jones Beach. I don’t think I’ve ever in my life made Queens ...
We had a ball at the thanksgiving day parade.
See the previous blog entry for photos from the parade.
After the parade we went back to our hotel. Shops were closed and there were people everywhere dispersing from the parade.
We relaxed for a couple of hours before travelling to the financial district to meet Bob and his family for thanksgiving dinner.
... cute bear cubs, although two of them licking in each other's mouths while making weird vibration noises for like 10 minutes was weird. Then drove on to Sioux Falls and checked into the red rock inn, home for two nights. Getting used to these Dingy motels, it's almost ...
... was busy. Sat on a bench out in the street to have our rolls. It was under the High Line which is an old elevated train line which has been turned into an open urban green space. The saving of spaces like this and Grand Central Terminal has been the result of citizens campaigning, not forward thinking town planners. The High Line was very popular with lots of people strolling along. In parts you could see one of the old tracks with trees growing up between the sleepers. We walked ...
... I took the short trip onward to Ellis Island. Originally an island acquired for harbour defence and known as Fort Gibson, Ellis Island was opened as an immigration processing facility in 1892. In total 12 million European immigrants were processed at the facility before it closed in 1954. Six million of those were processed in just a nine year period from 1901- 1910. The museum tells the story of who some of them were, why they came, how they ...