High Line Park and Empire State Building

Trip Start Sep 09, 2013
Trip End Sep 28, 2013

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Our last day in New York City

We decided to do a dry run on our anticipated route from Sam's house to Penn Station where we will board the AMTrac train to Montreal tomorrow. We entered the subway at Lennox (Malcomb X Blvd) and 116th Ave. and descended into the subway station. We scanned our cards, to pass through the turnstiles and waited for the train. The train appeared and came to a stop. We waited for folks to exit the train car. As I entered, I turned to the right and I saw only two seats available across the main aisle from each other. Barbara and I moved into the aisle and her seat was available but mine was blocked by a large red suitcase. The person sitting next to the my vacant seat was draped in a black robe, a black scarf and black face veil. They were staring down at their feet. The person had a very large red suitcase blocking passage to the seat. Barb said, "Excuse me, my husband has a sore knee and would like to use the seat." The burka clan person scooted the large red suitcase to the left and I sat down. I watch as the bag moved (To see how heavy it was),. I hate to say I was stereotyping, but if you were in my seat, you too would wonder, as you rode the subway to Grand Central Station next to a Burka Clad person, a couple of days after 9/11 if you were about to be vaporized by a big red Samsonite Suitcase.... The bag was adjusted and I took my seat. I hate to admit it, but I did in fact, try to look closely at the persons eyes. I wanted to be sure there was no beard under there. The person sat still, and just stared at the floor as most persons on the train watched. Just another day in New York. It makes you wonder how that person feels under the robes and scrutiny of others. We are all attentive now in this city. 

Most major connections on the subway system have messanines for passengers making transfers. This day we enjoyed a group of break dancers. I have attached the videos of their routine. They, like all the New Yorkers we met were friendly and helpful.  

We next visited the new High Line park. It was originally a elevated train track along the Hudson River over the Chelsea neighborhood. When Mayor Bloomberg heard that the plans to demolish it would cost millions of dollars, he said that if he was going to spend millions tearing it down, he would rather spend the money to make it a greenbelt trail within the city. It was designed, utilizing rail motiffs, plantings, public seating and performance spaces, art work and concession spaces. It has become one of the most popular spaces in the city. The real Estate values have risen around it, and folks seem quite happy with it. It is loaded with tourists, so much so that Barb decided she had enjoyed as much as she could stand and we left for the Grand Central.  

We visited Grand Central Station, for lunch. It is a great place for reasonable priced food or snacks. From there were traveled to the Empire State Building. We waited in line and went you to watch the sunset. 

Tomorrow we're off to Montreal, Canada. Our friend Sam's generosity made this trip possible for us. Thank you so much Sam! Hope you all enjoy the photos  Tom
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