I first saw the Empire State Building on tv as a child because of the movie King Kong. I wanted to actually go there after watching sleepless in Seattle.
There are three levels..the first is the 80th, it is enclosed and not what I’d envisioned after seeing sleepless in Seattle. The next one is the 86th and that is the one from the movie!
To go to the top – 102nd story, it costs an additional $33 per person. Since our time is limited, we opted to see the city from the top and went to the 102nd story.
After we left the Empire State Building we made our way to Times Square! We were not looking forward to the 20 minute walk to Times Square as our bodies were hurting already and we saw these guys sitting with their bikes pulling little chariots behind them offering rides. We looked at each other and said, “sure, why not” I asked how much and I could’ve swore he said $1 a minute and I thought to myself, we’ll, that’s not bad.
We arrive and he says,” ok, that’s $78.00” and my jaw drops, I say, “what? How? It’s a dollar a minute?” And he say’s “no, it’s $7.99 a minute.” And he points to this little sign on the side showing the price! “Oh my gosh are you kidding me? No way!” So he offers a little discount.. ugh the cost of being a tourist, they see ya comin a mile away.
We then headed more north towards Grand Central Station
We leave Grand Central Station and begin to head back to catch the subway. After walking just a block we come upon hippopotamus’s.
If you haven’t notice, a lot of my pictures are tilted and crooked. That wasn’t on purpose, and I didn’t even realize it till days later as I write this. The tourist in me was exited to see so many things, but boy was I spent. Therefore crooked pics. But hey, been there, seen that.. check check.
10/15/2022 We all remember the day, where we were and the devastating heartbreak. To be where so much loss, death and ultimately the resilience of the American spirit is defined, brought back all the emotions of that day. I share this post for anyone who may not be able to make it to New York. I posted the plaques describing the photo above.
The cross at ground zero that we all remember seeing, the one that reminded us to keep the faith during the aftermath, is in the middle area of the museum and they don’t allow photos.
10/15/2022 we made our way to NYC. Let me tell ya, them-there PATH subways are packed with people! Mitch and I decided to take the scooters. Getting off and on a with more than your own two feet is a challenge. People have no patience or tolerance, you gotta get out of the way or get ran over.
Once we arrived to New York we wanted Starbucks, but where to find it? Siri told us it was there but we couldn’t find it.. finally we saw someone drinking one and they explained it was down below inside the building.
We got our coffees and now need to find a place to lock up the scooters. We look left, then right, but no bike racks in sight. I suggest up a street, so Mitch heads that way. As I try to hold my coffee and lift my scooter from the sidewalk down to the road from the curb, I see a cop car turn around towards me, and I don’t want to jay walk. I hesitated to continue across the road having to lift my scooter down off the curb with my drink, so I begin to turn the scooter away from the ledge of the road. In doing so, I trip myself up and completely fall backwards, with my scooter and my coffee onto the sidewalk. Of course all of this is in slow motion and as I realize my surroundings, I notice a huge line of people waiting to get into a building, and they are all looking at me. I’m still on the ground and a young man runs over to check on me, asks if I’m ok, I say, “oh yeah, thanks, I’m alright, I was just trying to save my coffee.” He then asks me again , “are you sure you’re ok?” As he helps me up from the ground. I tell him, “I’m fine, but thank you.” I think how sweet he was to be so kind, and then I had to laugh at what I must’ve looked like. When Mitch looks behind him once across the road, I’m already on my feet and he sees the guy helping lift my scooter up not knowing I’d had fallen.
We also rode across the Brooklyn Bridge
After hours of touristing, tumbling and direction rumblings we both had to go!
9//14/2022 I can’t believe I am actually writing to say we’ve seen Lady Liberty! To be here, and to share this with you all is more than I could’ve ever dreamed of.
We started our day leaving at 9 for a 9:30 security check in. First, Siri took us to a ship repair spot and we had to ask for directions, then scooted to another location to a little yellow boat and again, it was the wrong spot. Thankfully, Mitch doesn’t have an issue with asking for directions when Siri gets us all turned around.
If you decide to see the Statue of Liberty from New Jersey, just route yourself to the central railroad of New Jersey Terminal
The ride is only about 10 minutes and the first stop is Ellis Island. You can either get off and go through the National museum of immigration or stay in and go to the statue. We opted to get off, and catch a later boat.
We learned a great deal about how hard it was for people who traveled so far to pursue the American dream and that at times it became a nightmare, or would not be allowed in.
We caught the ferry at 11:40 to see the Statue of Liberty.
We thought that our pass allowed us to go up halfway inside of the statue but it didn’t. So here’s what we now know.. the island is good size with a few buildings and a restaurant. There are different types of reservations you can make; one is onto the island, another is where you can go halfway up inside of the statue called the pedestal pass and then there is the crown that you can also book online. We found out yesterday that the crown had been reopened quite recently (it was closed in 2020 since the pandemic) and it was booked out into mid November when we looked into getting tickets.
The museum is also on the island and you can learn all about the history, how it was built, and repairs
You can also walk up stairs on either side of the museum and stand on top of the roof to take pictures.