June 19, 2008

New York City Tour Part 1

Before leaving on our all-day tour the next morning, we took in the New York City skyline at night.

Bright and early, our tour bus picked us up just feet from our site. We were glad someone else was doing the driving.

We saw a lot of skyscrapers.

We saw and later visited this two-story Circuit City Store.
Our first stop of the day was 843-acre Central Park.
Turtles were seen, but no crimes were witnessed today in this park that appeared surprisingly safer and more comfortable than the Central Park we had witnessed in movies and on television.
Who would want to drive in this?
Near Central Park, we passed The Dakota. This apartment building's exterior was used for the 1968 movie Rosemary's Baby starring Mia Farrow and, in 1980, was the site of the murder of former Beatle John Lennon.
Our next stop was St. Patrick's Cathedral.
The cathedral, originally completed in 1878, was used prominently in the 1990 film The Godfather Part 3 and very recently as the setting of the Wilhelmina Slater/Bradford Meade wedding in the ABC-TV hit Ugly Betty.
Marlon was impressed.
The altar of St. Patrick's Cathedral...
Rockefeller Center, actually a complex of 19 commercial buildings, has as its centerpiece the 70-floor GE Building, also known as 30 Rock.
This 65-foot skyscraper stands in Rockefeller Plaza and is constructed from an Erector Set. How much does this 65-foot skyscraper weigh? Try 16,000 pounds!
In the winter time, this lower level of Rockefeller Plaza is transformed into The Rink at Rockefeller Center. The outdoor rink has been featured in movies and on television.
At 1260 Avenue of the Americas sites one of the original buildings of the Rockefeller Center...Radio City Music Hall opened in 1932, seats 6,000 and is home of the world famous Radio City Rockettes.
Look for video of our New York City tour coming up soon.

To be continued...

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