~Arrived on the 29th around 6pm. Stayed at The Belvedere. Walked the 3 blocks to Times Square and just stood around, completely amazed at the people, the cars, the horns, the skyscrapers, and the lights. It's nice to see the things that I've only seen on TV.
~Walked down Broadway to the ESB. No lines at all that time of night. Very windy and chilly up at the top, but it was still quite beautiful.
~Metropolitan Museum of Art.....great place! And the tip that I learned from here was correct....the $15 admission price is only "suggested". The cashier didn't blink when I only put out a $10. (But before anyone starts in on me being cheap, I dropped more than enough cash on the books, postcards, and other souveniers from the gift shop. ) Started with the "highlight tour" but became bored after 15 minutes of hearing about the "folds in the sculptures dress", so we wandered around on our own before finding the Monets. My favorites.
~Fifth Ave.: Trump Plaza (young, rude service girls in the cafeteria....it was weirdly enjoyable to be openly rude right back to them! ~grin~) Tiffany's.....~sigh~.....I love my little blue bag. St. Patrick's Cathedral.....too impressive and beautiful to be missed.
~World Trade Center: I knew it would be moving, but I wasn't prepared for the pictures drawn by the children of the men and women who died. Broke my heart. I had an overwhelming need to phone my parents and tell them that I love them. And I believe this location is the quietest in all of Manhatten. Very respectful and serene, marred only by the people who are trying to sell pictures to make a profit. DON'T BUY ANYTHING!!!
~Canal street: Interesting and entertaining.....but I reached my limit after 2 hours of seeing the same stuff in every store. I found some nice leather bags (non-designer) and some cool knock-off sunglasses. My friend bought a couple of fake-rolexes, and I have a dinner bet that they won't be working within 3 months.
~Subway system: Functional, fairly user friendly, but a little grungy. It could use a really good power washing. And steamy hot in some places. I can't imagine how hot it gets in July and August!! And I still don't know what was the stuff leaking from the surface (above the tracks) but we just referred to it as Eco-plasm. I also saw my only NYC cockroach (sucker was huge!!) on the stairs....probably heading towards Macy's.
~ Central Park: really beautiful. Strawberry Fields was lovely....even met "the artist" (his words, not mine) who decorates the mural with flowers everyday. He pointed out the Dakota and "John's" apartment, not Yoko's. Ok. We just thanked him and moved away quickly!! ~grin~
~ Overall: I loved it!!! 2-1/2 days is not nearly enough to see everything that I wanted to, and next time I think I would stay away from Times Square (been there, done that) and discover Greenwich Village and Soho. We are planning on making this a yearly trip.....and I think October will be the month of choice. Great weather.