June 20, 2008

New York City Day 2 Part 1

Today we took a short walk to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station near Liberty Harbor and rode the Light Rail to Hoboken.

Doug ponders what he will see when he reaches the city.

From Hoboken we boarded the PATH train, which is a subway connecting New Jersey with Manhattan.

Our first stop of the day was at The Empire State Building where we stood in this long line.
After standing in the long line we had to decide if we wanted to go to the indoor observation area on the 102nd floor or the outdoor observation area on the 86th floor. We opted for the 86th floor for the outdoor view.

Once we purchased our ticket, we began our climb to the 86th floor.
Actually, you take an elevator up about 80 floors and then you can either wait for another elevator or climb the last several flights manually.

Once you reach the top you find that the long line you waited in downstairs is now upstairs on the observation deck. You wonder just how much weight this deck will hold.
From the top of The Empire State Building you can see this view...
walk a little one way and you can see this view...
stop for minute and ask someone to take a photo...you don't have to worry about them stealing your camera!

walk a little more around the deck and you see this view.
Next we began using our 3-day double decker bus pass and passed through the Garment District where we saw this big needle and button.
New York's Times Square is NOT where I expected to see a billboard advertising Colonial Williamsburg.
The Flatiron Building is known for its strangely-shaped offices at the corners due to the building's unique design.

It's very quiet here on the traffic-congested streets of Manhattan as honking carries a fine of $350.

This is the entrance to a subway station. We never actually took the New York Subway within New York City itself, having only utilized the PATH between New Jersey and Manhattan. Maybe next time...

We took some time to view this September 11 timeline.
Then we headed over to visit some of our money on Wall Street.
Marlon was not allowed to visit his stocks at the New York Stock Exchange.
Security is pretty high on Wall Street these days.
This side of the NYSE building takes on a different look during Christmas. Visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NYSEWallStreet.jpg to see.
Narrow streets and skyscrapers are the norm in Manhattan.
See Part 2 of this blog entry for a video.

To be continued...

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