New York, Continued

May 31, 2008 · 5 comments

Day 2 in NYC brought beautiful weather – partly cloudy, low 70s. The six of us started out with a couple block walk for breakfast. Fabulous omelets, yummy potatoes, strong coffee. By the time we finished, we determined it was time to find the subway and head for Yankee Stadium to see the game*.

*We went to a Yankee game merely to see the stadium before they close it and open the nice looking one next door. None of us are Yankee fans. 🙂 We now resume our regularly scheduled blog….

The first subway station (and our first experience with NYC subways) resulted in the purchasing of single-use metro cards and a long time staring at the map trying to figure out which line would get us to the bronx.

We had to walk to another station. And then up the stairs and down the stairs and around to the other side (or was it down the stairs and up the stairs?) Either way, we started to see a lot of the yankee stripes and figured we were going the right way.

The subways were pretty much what we expected, although I didn’t see a lot of the stereotypical nasty, freaky, crazy people, so that was cool. I did think it was really interesting how a place that could inspire such community and conversation was so quiet.

We arrived at the stadium and walked up to the tiers. Tier 13 – in the only section where we weren’t allowed to drink. You know, the people who were looking so forward to that $10 beer in Yankee Stadium with some peanuts and a dog? Yeah, no beer for us. 🙂 Even though the seats were at the top of the Empire State Building pretty high up, the view was great.

Especially when the ground crew did all the moves to YMCA.

Mike’s favorite part? The spectacular sound system: Nice speakers, eh?

We left before the game was over, mission accomplished.

After the ballpark, we (IIRC) went to the World Trade Center site.  I almost wish I had seen it years ago (seriously, has it been that long already?) so that I could have seen the memorials and such.  But on the other hand, just seeing the gigantic hole in the ground and all of the construction was really plenty.  Being there put us all in a little bit of a somber mood.  I still can’t figure out in my head how it was – I was there in 1998 and I remember this little park / cemetery; I remember the buildings themselves and the view from the top, as well as the shops down below.  But I couldn’t place it with the giant hole and construction barrel covered roads nearby.  I’m glad we saw it though.  Oh, but the guy playing Amazing Grace on the flute? STOP. IT.

We wandered down Wall Street after that, in search of the big freaking bull.  We reached the water, checked out the Brooklyn Bridge from afar and then walked down to Battery Park where we checked out the Statue of Liberty from afar and had dinner on the waterfront.  Evening was coming so we decided our next stop would be Times Square.  I mean, what trip to NYC would be complete for a first-timer (or second-timer for that matter) without seeing ALL OF THOSE FREAKING LIGHTS?

Although the rest of the group wanted to take a shuttle to the next subway stop, I really wanted to walk.  Luckily they agreed because we found the bull! And since we got a couple of drinks into Chris, we even talked him into climbing on top.  It was hilarious.  Oh, and if you haven’t seen it? The bull? uh, anatomically correct. 

Stay tuned…next time, our trip to Times Square and the yelling that ensued! Woot!  🙂

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Megan May 31, 2008 at 9:09 pm

thanks for the Yankees disclaimer – meant I could read the rest of the article! 😉 Sounds like a great trip!


liv June 2, 2008 at 12:21 pm

dude. am i the only person who is scared to go to NYC? does this make me a hillbilly? ❓


phenom June 2, 2008 at 12:34 pm

NYC was awesome! I want to live there. I want to put that inspirational sound system in my $2600/month loft. :mrgreen:


above average joe June 2, 2008 at 8:18 pm

The stadium is pretty tough on those (me) who are afraid of heights, huh?

Glad you had a good time.


Leyla February 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm

The Lego aoinatimn is a throwback to the good old days of Bat Girl’s Twins blog. Thanks for the memories.


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