Train Ride to New York City, NY

I loved every minute, those 5 days we were there! Walked many miles, plus learniVisited the most exciting city I've ever been in! We traveled to New York City on the Amtrak Train to Penn Station. We walked to my sister-in-laws apartment (she was waiting for us) with our luggage. We went thru Time Square with it's giant,bright, screen TV's, larger than life advertising, towering buildings and the small, ( I expected it to be larger)Times Square Ball on top of One Times Square Building. So many excited tourist, taking pictures. We also walked by St. Patrick's Cathedral and Rockefeller Center. ng how to use the bus and subway systems. We had a great tour guide, (sister-in-law) I wouldn't have seen half of what I did without her. Went to see Phantom of the Opera, Loved Central Park, lots of entertainers, Statues, Carousel, Egyptian Obelisk, Strawberry Fields (Memorial for John Lennon), and the Reservoir. Took the tram over to Roosevelt Island, Went on the Statin Island Ferry past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, 9/11 Memorial Site and St. Paul's Chapel, Wall Street, pictures with the Bull, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum with the Space Shuttle Pavilion, walked the Brooklyn Bridge (both directions) and to Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo and the beautiful Jane's Carousel. Toured Rockefeller Center ( the skating rink had opened that day), Grand Central Station and the Apple Store inside. Inside New York Public Library and Bryant Park outside. Took a Circle Line 2 hr Tour (great views of the Manhattan Skyline, Down the Hudson, around the Battery, Up the East River, under bridges, to the United Nations and back!). 5th Ave. runs thru the middle of Manhatten "The most expensive street in the world". Went into the Main Apple Store and The Trump Tower. Went to Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Persian restaurants and only gained 1.5 lbs! Very crowded sidewalks, a sea of taxi cabs, many dogs (although very well behaved) but so exciting and great energy, positive energy! Also Linda took us to Ellen's Stardust Diner with the singing waiters. Advertised as "The Best Free Show on Broadway"Ellen's Stardust Diner is a retro 1950's theme restaurant located at 1650 Broadway on the southeast corner of 51st Street in New York City. The Diner is regarded as one of the best theme restaurants in New York owing to its singing waitstaff.They had some good coconut cake, too! Also saw, how could I forget, Robert Burck, better known as the Naked Cowboy, is an American street performer whose pitch is on New York City's Times Square. He wears only cowboy boots, a hat, and briefs, with a guitar strategically placed to give the illusion of nudity. Wikipedia I hope I get to visit again some day soon!
Planned Dates
Oct 09, 2012 to Oct 15, 2012

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