Today was WICKED!
Trip Start May 31, 2007
16Trip End Jun 11, 2007
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Today we slept in and rushed to meet our Big Apple Greeter in Queens. She is a local and a volunteer who showed us around some of Queens. It is a bit of a trek and took us about 50 minutes by Subway to get there. Our Greeter Suzanne is a retired high school teacher. She was very nice. We first went to Forrest Hills. This affluent area is a very desirable part of Queens. The area houses are of a particular area where they have very strict rules on changing the fašade of your house so everyone's houses stay typical to the era. They are stunning and very large. Small streets as you can see and they are private. You must have a permit or written consent from home owners to park on the streets there. This of course makes it a very quiet area. She said to buy a small rundown house needing lots of work in the area is about $900,000.
We then went on to Corona a working class area of Queens. Most people are Spanish here. Most buildings are low rise, one or two stories. It looked a bit like an old small town from home. Here is typical home in the area. To me it looks like Bettys home from the show Ugly Betty. These homes value about $375,000. And are nothing special in a somewhat rund down area.
From there we headed to Jackson heights a very culturally diverse area. Here you find all kinds of Mexicans, Spanish, Haitians, Guatemalans, Ecuadorians, Russians, East Indians, and more. Each couple streets the ethnicity changes. It is a fun place with all kinds of food smells. Lots of economy shopping. We found a faux jewelry store with very cheap items and bought a few.
That is the majority of our Queens visit. A really different place than Manhattan and well worth it. On the downside Suzanne was a very slow walker and found it impossible to talk and walk. You ALWAYS had to stop when she talked. It drove us crazy. She was a super lady but it went a bit long and we were glad to get away from her. Again, It was a great experience just got a bit long.
We headed back to Manhattan and went on the Roosevelt Tram. This Tram moves people from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island. It goes parallel to the 59th Street bridge. (if you are a fan of Simon and Garfunkel and were wondering, we did feel groovy). This Tram is in a lot of movies. Not trying to sound like a Spiderman freak, but in Spiderman #1, Spidey and The Green Goblin have the final big scene on this Tram. Here are some views from the Tram and the Second Tram as it passed us by.
We had some time before our evening Broadway show. Not a lot but too much to do nothing so we did what we are getting good at and walked. A LONG way. We walked through the upper East Side buy Central Park and all the way across downtown to Times Square. About 35 NY blocks. Along the way we stopped at a fine italian art decorative store. We acted like we could afford it and they seemed to believe us hahahah. A little too much so as he was practically wrapping up some matching lamps that were some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. They had some white stained glass but were mostly made up of real amber. They are going into jewelry sales only so we could get a real deal on them and they would ship them home for free. And they were only *cough cough* $9800 EACH and you had to buy both. After considering selling our cars and remorgaging the house we snuck out of there and ran like hell hahahahaha.
Along the walk we came along this small little escape from the city. There are many of these little shangrilas hideen here in there. This one has a nice water feature - check it out
For supper we ate near Times Square at Virgils BBQ. We opted for an appetizer meal. We had what they called "Trash Ribs" (riblets) and train wreck fries (fries with bacon cheese, ranch dressing and jalape˝os) and finally chicken wings which were the best wings I have ever eaten in my life.
We ended the day at the Broadway show Wicked. This is the story of the Land of Oz before and the Movie Wizard of Oz. It was incredible. The sets, the acting, the music, the lighting, were beyond anything we expected. The story is very good and changes the Wizard of Oz Story completely so you sympathize with the Wicked witch. We loved it so much we immediately thought we needed to see more Broadway. So we went on line and got discount tickets for the Drowsy Chaperone. 9th row Centre. That will be tomorrow.
Tomorrow we are off to the Bronx to see the Bronx zoo. I will take lots of pictures of the monkeys to see if we can find some of Kirk and Steve' long lost but not so distant relatives.
Yes Ken and Ursula we do have a 13 inch LCD tv in our room but have only turned it on in the morning twice as we get ready. Who has time for tv?
Thanks Colleen and Steve for your comment. Yes, you may be right I may be banned form FAO but with toilets like that I am ok with that