Onward to New York City

Trip Start Jul 29, 2009
Trip End Aug 08, 2009

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Where I stayed
Hampton Inn and Suites, Staten Island

Flag of United States  , New York
Friday, July 31, 2009

We woke up at a decent hour and Matt headed downstairs to have the hotel pack us brown bag breakfasts for the road.  The hotel was just perfect.  The drive to the Staten Island Ferry was winding, bumpy, but interesting.  We passed a really cool farmer's market, but didn't stop.  Parking at the ferry was very easy and not expensive, $7 for the day plus tips for the shuttle drivers.  We didn't have to wait too long to board the ferry.  We grabbed seats on the port side of the boat (that's left) because this is where we would be viewing the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  This was our only planned interaction with the old girl and we were a little worried because of the fog.

The girls seemed to be having a "hey look kids, there's Big Ben, and there's Parliment" moment with the parents because we kept forcing them to stand at the rail and look out at the statue.  Matt and I took about a 1000 pictures hoping that the fog would let us get one or two good ones.  She was great to look at, next time we'll visit her in person.

Once off of the ferry, Matt headed to the Metro card machine to get unlimited day passes for the subway.  At one subway ride we got into a little trouble.  The ceiling to floor revolving entries can be tricky.  Both kids were stuck on the other side.  Two very nice Asian twenty-somethings helped us get through, but alas...then one of them got caught on the other side.  I stayed back to try to help them get through, but they told me to catch up with my family who had taken off and left me behind.  After this learning experience, we were swiping those cards like experts.

Since we only had a day, we had only a few personal highlights on our lists:  Sarah...the Hershey Store at Times Square; Matt...MoMA (Museum of Modern Art); Jayne...Katz's Deli (where the famous When Harry Met Sally "I'll have what she's having" scene was filmed) and the New York Public Library Lions; and Katie...I think she was mostly just along for the ride.

On Fridays MoMA has a free admission deal from 4-8, so that planned our where we needed to go for rest of the time.

New York moves fast and is very crowded (we did not expect otherwise) so, I'll move fast for our stops....

Museum of Natural History-very big...saw some iconic exhibits, and a mummified baby mammoth.
Times Square-Hershey store a BIG disappointment (if you go, skip it)...saw the Naked Cowboy who is running for mayor...Toys R Us ferris wheel worth the $4 per girl for a ride.
Bryant Park-as Project Runway fans, this was interesting...saw a man with interesting fashion choice of a chicken suit.
New York Public Library-big disappointment as the facade of the building is under construction.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)-Had to walk almost around the entire block to get in line for the free tickets...some cool and very important art pieces...girls were done for the day and very tired...Matt did get to see Van Gogh's Starry Night.
Katz's Deli-Interesting place...sat just across from the Harry met Sally table...ate a Reuben (lots of meat!)  pickles were great...tried a green tomato pickle that was out of this world...finished the meal by sharing a slice of NY cheesecake.

The day was really tiring and you cannot see all that NYC has to offer in a single day.  We took the ferry back to Staten Island, drove back to the hotel, and literally collapsed into bed.
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