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!

To amplify my previous statement about the view from our hotel, this image of New York City was taken from our hotel room window.

 Quick Facts 

Although there are many "unusual facts" about New York City and Manhattan in particular, there are several that really are fascinating;

  • Manhattan is the most densely populated of New York City’s 5 boroughs. It's mostly made up of Manhattan Island, bounded by the Hudson, East and Harlem rivers.
  • The world’s richest individual church parish resides in Manhattan, valued at $2 billion.
  • If the entire world had a population density as that of Manhattan, it would fit into a single country.
  • 740 Park in Manhattan is currently home to the highest concentration of billionaires in the country.
  • Central Park, which opened to the public in 1858, became the first landscaped public park in an American city.
  • When building the World Trade Center in 1968, 1.2 million cubic yards of material was excavated from the site. Rather than dumping the spoil at sea or in landfills, the fill material was used to expand the Manhattan shoreline across West Street, creating Battery Park City at the southern end of Manhattan.

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Our first stop was the World Trade Center site, which at that time, was under construction.

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").

This is the CBS Headquarters Building in NYC, an impressive building.

 Quick Facts 

The CBS Building in New York City, also known as Black Rock, is the headquarters of CBS Corporation. Located at 51 West 52nd Street at the corner of Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas), the Eero Saarinen designed building opened in 1965. It is 38 stories and 490 feet (150 meters) tall with approximately 872,000 square feet (81,000 m2) rentable of space. The interior and furnishings were designed by Saarinen and Florence Knoll.

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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.

 Quick Facts 

Trinity Church is a historic parish church in the Episcopal Diocese of New York located near the intersection of Wall Street and Broadway in the lower Manhattan section of New York City, New York. Known for both its location and endowment, Trinity is a traditional high church, with an active parish centered around the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion in missionary, outreach, and fellowship.

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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.

 Quick Facts 

Charging Bull, which is sometimes referred to as the Wall Street Bull or the Bowling Green Bull, is a bronze sculpture that stands in Bowling Green in the Financial District in Manhattan, New York City. Originally guerrilla art, installed unofficially by Arturo Di Modica its popularity led to it being a permanent feature.

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The southern tip of Manhattan, Battery Park. Jeremy is looking across at the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York Harbor.

 Quick History Lesson 

The relatively modern Battery Park was mostly created by landfill starting from 1855, resulting in a landscaped open space at the foot of the heavily developed mainland of downtown. Skyscrapers now occupy most of the original land, stopping abruptly where the park begins. On State Street, the former harbor front and the northern boundary of the park, a single Federal mansion, the James Watson House, survives as part of the Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton; until the 1820s, the city's stylish residential district was north of this house, between Broadway and the Hudson River.

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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!

And just around the corner, another group of entertainers. They were not near as talented as the other crew, but their ability to walk on stilts was impressive.

Looking around at the crowd watching these entertainers, and we spotted Morgan Freeman. No, we did not shout out his name or run over and ask for an autograph!

We rode the subway from Manhattan up to Central Park, and walked past the New York City Library. The New York Public Library is the second largest public library in the United States (behind the Library of Congress), and fourth largest in the world.

 Quick Facts 

The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, commonly known as the Main Branch or the New York Public Library, is the flagship building in the New York Public Library system and a landmark in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The branch, one of four research libraries in the library system, contains nine separate divisions. The structure contains four stories open to the public. The main entrance steps are at Fifth Avenue at its intersection with East 41st Street. As of 2015, this branch contains an estimated 2.5 million volumes in its stacks.

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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.

As I was saying, the view from the top of the Empire State Building is just amazing. This is looking south, that is the East River on the left.

 Empire State Building Quick Facts 

It is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon and completed in 1931, the building has a roof height of 1,250 feet (380 meters) and stands a total of 1,454 feet (443.2 meters) tall, including its antenna. Its name is derived from "Empire State", the nickname of New York, which is of unknown origin. As of 2019 the building is the 5th-tallest completed skyscraper in the United States and the 28th-tallest in the world. It is also the 6th-tallest freestanding structure in the Americas. The Empire State Building stood as the world's tallest building for nearly 40 years until the completion of the World Trade Center's North Tower in Lower Manhattan in late 1970. Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, it was again the tallest building in New York until the new One World Trade Center was completed in April 2012.

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Looking up from the Empire State Building Observation platform, you can see where King Kong climbed up to the very top.

Looking down from the Empire State Building Observation deck.

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.

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