My Kind of Town
Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
72Trip End Aug 12, 2008
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We walked the streets of mid-town with the first stop at a corner stand for a swamp dog. The best hot dogs in the country can be found right on a New York City corner. "Four Please with the works!" Cheap too. Off to Rockefeller Plaza were they were changing the look of the set of the Today show. Out with the old and in with the new furniture right in the middle of the street. We walked through the tower and considered having an NBC tour and decided the kids didn't know any of the shows they would be touring
Finally, off to the Empire State Building for an hour on the observation deck, guided by Tony, via a hand held audio tour. It was somewhat of a cloudy day providing for limited viewing, but fortunately that meant there were no lines. Up top, Tony told us about buildings and neighborhoods such as Chelsea, shrinking Little Italy, and the ever growing Chinatown. He gave us perspective on West side verses East side and Uptown and Downtown (never North and South). Tony was a wealth of information and kept the kids engaged so that they learned a lot about this little island of Manhattan.
We slowly walked back to Grand Central Station where we picked up a famous dessert, Juniors Cheesecake, for our hosts, and boarded the express train back to Nyack. We found ourselves rolling into the neighbor's in the middle of the night in just over an hour from the time we left NYC. What a town! We thoroughly enjoyed our day in the city.