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Trip Start May 31, 2007
Trip End Jun 11, 2007

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Monday, June 4, 2007

Hello again!

Well we slept in today a little.   We were on the road though by 9:30 am.    Today was a little cooler and cloudy.   A welcome change.   Yes the sun is nice but yesterday's heat was a bit too much and the locals were complaining they could not stand to move and we still went all over.   Tomorrow the forecast is rain but that is OK as we are shopping department stores and fifth avenue.   After that the forecast is beautiful.  It is nice after the last few vacations to have great weather.

Thanks to those who have sent comments on this site and emails.  We have gotten them and appreciate them.   Greg and Terri asked if we liked our hotel.   Yes it is really nice.   As most know it is a room with a shower and sink but the toilet is down the hall.   The rooms are very clean, and not as small as expected.   The ceilings are 10 ft high which adds the feeling of more space.   The building is on a residential street in Chelsea with brownstones all along.   Opposite of us is an elementary school (playground on the roof).   We feel very safe and it is clean.  It is air conditioned thank god! We like it.   See the pictures.  Note the one with Korinne wearing a plastic bag.   When we had no luggage and no shower cap we improvised hahahah.

Today we headed to the Lower East Side.   One of the USA's first tenement areas.   This area is low rise apartments (about 5 stories high).  Made of brick and with fire escapes to the street.   We started out at a bagel shop and Korinne had a bagel.  I opted for a gourmet Donut shop and had a peanut butter glazed jelly donut.   It was yummy!

We went on a tour of a tenement and it had apartments of 325 square feet.  Sometimes with as many as 9 people living in that space.   We saw one restored to a 1875 era and one to 1930 era.   Harsh conditions and very unsanitary as the 1875 version had no pluming at all, no electricity and dark unlit hallways.   1935 was better as there was electricity and cold running water.   It was interesting.   No pictures as they do not allow them.

We then shopped the area, buying some small items and at a candy store were we spent the most hahaha.   Along the way I got a Pickle from the "Pickle Guy" and it was a spicy pickle.   I did a little crying and we moved on!! hahaha   We ate Lunch at Katz's Deli, a popular deli with locals and tourists.  Made particularly famous from the faked orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally.  We share a Reuben.

We decided since we were right there and ahead of schedule to walk the Brooklyn Bridge.  I first want to comment that we are ahead of schedule.   I do not know how, but we are seeing lots in less time.   Amazing hahahah  we are going hard.    So back to the Bridge.    We walked there and back in about an hour.   What a fantastic walk with great views.   See the attached pictures etc.   On our return visit something freaky happened.  Korinne noticed big black smoke on the Manhattan side.   As we approached we saw a building engulfed in flames.   I have never seen so many firemen and police.    We watched as they climbed the building and used their fire ladders to put out the fire.   We left long before it was over, but could see they were getting it under control.   Very cool.  

We returned to shopping by Union Square,  checking out a variety of discount and chain stores.   We bought some blown glass knobs for our cabinet in our living room at Anthropology and then at ABC Home, Korinne bought a beautiful necklace that was hand made in Israel .   It flips over and is two necklaces in one.  

On our way home we took a picture of The Empire State Building in the clouds

We walked home and took a break.  It started to rain and it was nice and soothing.

Off we went to an evening boat cruise.  We had a heck of a time getting there.  Being pretty darn tired we decided a cab was in order.   Hailing one right away we headed on.   One of the nicest cabbies I have ever talked to.  Only problem was we were in grid lock.  WHY?  Because it rained.   People are not good with weather here.  SO we eventually got out and started walking really fast to catch our boat cruise. (so much for treating our feet to a break).   We made it with time to spare.   The evening cruise was nice but the rains and wind became more intense and everyone was inside looking through rained on windows.   Still enjoyable and relaxing though.  Here is one of the few night shots were I did not shake too bad.

We had not had supper and it was 8:30pm.   So off to John's Pizza one of the disputed "Best Pizza" places.   It is in an old converted theater that is nice.   The waiter was way over worked and so the service was slow.   The pizza however was awesome.   We had Mozzarella and ricotta cheese with sun-dried tomatoes, ground beef and peperoni.   Delicious and fresh.   The chef was very close to us and we could see him make the pies and constantly adjust the coal ovens to make that perfect fresh pie.  See picture.

On the way home it was pouring.   We got a bit wet going from the subway to our hotel but all in all were not too bad.   Another great day.  Tomorrow there is a chance there will be no update or a short one.   We have a big day of shopping in the rain!  Plus a night dancing and listening to the Harlem Big Band Orchestra.  After all that I may BE TOO TIRED.   I will try to get something in.

Talk to you later
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