We met up with Connecticut friends Anne and Ted Jones and dropped our bags at our hotel on 40th Street. They travel into Manhattan Island several times a year and are familiar with getting around the city. The pair were our tour guides giving me a chance to take a step back and just enjoy the day and shoot some snapshots.
|View of Central Park|
As a boy, my parents allowed my brother Gary and me to buy some souvenirs to remember the trip. It's what I call the 'Yellow Submarine' and 'Sgt. Pepper' era of my life. Influenced by the Beatles, we each bought a Nehru jacket and a heavy medallion and chain. We thought we were the coolest dudes in town when we got back home. On this trip, the only thing I got were a couple of N.Y. lapel pins. Photographs are my souvenirs these days.
After lunch we worked our way up town. Landmarks along the way were the Radio City Music Hall and the Ed Sullivan Theater home of The David Letterman Show. From there the girls couldn't help but stop at the M&M store on Broadway with the smell of chocolate drawing them in.
Then, we stood in the heart of Times Square with the crowds hurrying by. We looked like the tourists that we were doing a 360 to see all the visuals attached to the high rises. It's sensory overload with honking cabs zipping by, people chattering and me taking in all the New York hustle bustle.
Next on our agenda was the 8 p.m musical at the Nederlander Theater. The Broadway show 'NEWSIES' was of interest to me as it's based around the newspaper business and newspaper boys or newsies of 1899. Carrying the Philadelphia Bulletin for a year when I was fifteen years old and now working at The Mercury gave me the link I needed and a reason to plan the trip to the city that never sleeps.
|Times Square on Manhattan Island|
We were all energized after and took a walk to see Times Square at night. LED screens lit the sky with a rainbow of colors. We called it a night around midnight and were up early the next day.
|Flowers on memorial|
The last stop on the trip was to the 9/11 Memorial which was completed for the tenth anniversary this past September. The memorial is free to the public but you need to go online to secure a pass for the day and time of your visit. A printed pass is your ticket onto the site and we were required to go through metal detectors before entering.
Much of the surrounding area, the museum, along with several buildings are still under construction at ground zero. We walked along the pristine grounds and tree lined walkway toward the two cascading pools where the World Trade Center twin towers once stood. I ran my hand over some of the names etched in the memorial of those lost on September 11, 2001. There was a quiet respect shown by visitors slowly walking the memorial grounds. We stayed for an hour and drove back to Times Square to catch a bus ride home.
|The 9/11 Memorial and one of the cascading pools.|
But, it's not the final one. Plans have already been made to meet and take a ferry ride to The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island where Deb's grandmother first entered the U.S.A. I threw in a walk on the Brooklyn Bridge to round out our next adventure.