06 Brooklyn

Trip Start Apr 23, 2012
Trip End Sep 30, 2012

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Thankfully Homeland security, after a full interrogation, gave me a furlough for the weekend; I'm now fully equipped with a drop off card on the way out of the USA. The Border official said I would need lots of documentation to resume being a snowbird.

American Eagle airline sucks; no toilet on the plane and my small carry-on was confiscated even when it would fit under my seat. The NYC skyline is very impressive when coming into LGA. I met Cindy along with siblings and nieces at the baggage claim; her AirTran flight was 15 minutes late.

NYC traffic gridlock hasn't changed since I was here 15 years ago; just beware of the yellow cabs while walking, they take no prisoners. Staying at the "nu" hotel in central Brooklyn, a great hotel within walking distance of everywhere.

 Zach & Shari's brownstone in Brooklyn is a fantastic apartment with a really nice backyard garden on a fairly quiet one-way street. The gathering for out of towners was a great way for everyone to meet. The food, both catered and family provided, was scumptous - especially a huge three foot vegetarian super hero sub with cheese and eggplant plus gourmet salad.

 Wall Sayings (last three at nu hotel):
  • Dolly Parton “You'd be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap!”
  • Betty Smith “Serene was a word you could put to Brooklyn, New York. Especially in the summer of 1912.”
  • Henry Miller “One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.”
  • Spike Lee “People didn't really believe me when I told them I was going to be a filmmaker.”
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