A visit to New York City
We had been pondering what our next "adventure" should be, and at the same exact time, Chelsea expressed an interest in possibly attending the New York City Fashion Institute of Technology. We discovered that we had a bunch of Hilton Hotel points that we could use, and we decided that we would make a trip to New York City.
If you have never been to New York City and you are planning a trip there, or you just want to know more about it, here are some good sources of information;
We decided to stay at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel & Suites in Jersey City, because it not only has an outstanding view of NYC, but it is also adjacent to the subway station where we could catch a train into the city.
Hilton gave us a room with an incredible view of the Hudson River and New York City, our room was right on the corner facing the river. Talk about a great way to start the trip!
We were watching all of the construction crews working below us, cleaning up the World Trade Center site to prepare it for the new Liberty Tower (AKA "One World Trade Center").
Trinity Church in Manhattan. The first Trinity Church building, a modest rectangular structure with a gambrel roof and small porch, was constructed in 1698, on Wall Street, facing the Hudson River.
The famous Wall Street Bull. The 7,100-pound sculpture stands 11 feet tall and measures 16 feet long. The oversize sculpture depicts a bull, the symbol of aggressive financial optimism and prosperity, leaning back on its haunches and with its head lowered as if ready to charge.
Always something going on in Battery Park; we stopped to watch these guys perform, they were very good. Yep, you could say that their "goal" was to collect money from the crowd - but - they were talented and disserved whatever they collected!
We took the Empire State Building tour, and the view of the city below was incredible! This is looking east, towards the East River. That bronze colored building is 3 Park Avenue, a mixed-use office building and high school located at East 34th street & Park Avenue, that was built in 1973.
Looking up from the Empire State Building Observation platform, you can see where King Kong climbed up to the very top.
After the Empire State Building tour, we descended to ground level and decided to walk about the Manhattan area. You can see by the crowds that it is obviously a week day lunch time!
Could there be a more famous name than this? Radio City Music Hall was built on a plot of land that was originally intended for a Metropolitan Opera House. The opera house plans were canceled in 1929, leading to the construction of Rockefeller Center. The new complex included two theaters, the "International Music Hall" and the Center Theatre, as part of the "Radio City" portion of Rockefeller Center.