Biting the Big Apple

Trip Start Feb 15, 2010
Trip End Feb 14, 2011

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Where I stayed
Country Inn & Suites, Long Island City, NY

Flag of United States  , New York
Saturday, April 10, 2010

After making our selections at the hotel's continental breakfast, my mother and I returned to our room to eat and watched an episode of Undercover Boss that I had on my computer.  The next stop wasn't exactly a tourist site, but a simple necessity.  We walked a block down the road to a laundromat I had spotted near the hotel, so I could run some of my clothes and bedding through the machines.  I figured it would be better to get it taken care of in the morning since going to shows would be keeping us out late each night.

Once that was finished we headed into town to visit the TKTS booth in the south seaport district.  We already had tickets for tonight, but wanted to find something for a Sunday matinee.  We found a couple of tickets for Avenue Q and continued on our way. 

Jumping on the subway, we rumbled down the tracks to the Brooklyn Bridge stop and disembarked.  Mom had never been to the Brooklyn Bridge, and I think it's just one of those quintessential parts of New York, so off we went.  We walked across the bridge into Brooklyn; stopped to take a couple of photos along the way, and then walked to the streets under the bridges shadow to locate Grimaldi's Pizzeria.  Unfortunately for us, so was everyone else in New York City.  Grimaldi's is well known for serving the very best coal-fired brick oven pizza in New York.  It was easy to identify where the small restaurant was located by following the line of die-hard hopeful diners that stretched all the way down the street.  We were not feeling nearly so stubborn, and decided our hours would be better spent in places other than a line on the sidewalk.  One could probably turn a tidy profit by buying a pizza and auctioning it off to the end of the line, though.  Instead, we went to the nearby Front St. Pizzeria for lunch. 

Our next stop was to the former site of the twin towers.  The last time my mother had visited New York City, at age 19, the towers had been standing proudly.  The site was decidedly more blocked than it had been during my last visit.  With the slowly progressing construction, the crews have put up walls and screens to block the view of ongoing work, as constructions crews often do.  After walking around the majority of the site we finally found a relatively decent vantage point from one of the other buildings of the World Trade Center, from which we could see the entire site

Descending back into the metro, we made our way up to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which neither of us had yet visited.  We spent a couple of hours wandering through the massive galleries of Greek, Egyptian, and Medieval art and culture.  With our time starting to run short before our show, we stopped at a Papaya King for some hot dogs on our way to the metro that would carry us back to Times Square.

Our show for the night was West Side Story.  These tickets were the only ones that my mother had chosen to purchase in advance, leaving the rest of our choices open to whatever might be available.  Having never seen this particular show or its movie adaptation, I thoroughly enjoyed the show.  I also discovered that, although I hadn't known the show, I did recognize quite a few of the songs.

After the show we walked through Times Square, and we then stepped through a portal into a McDonald's from another dimension, where there is always a line for the men's restroom and never a line for the women's.  Following that, we made our way back, stopping at the convenience store on the corner for some snacks, and then on to the hotel.  We watched a little tv and had our snacks before turning in for the night. 
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