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Made it back from New York City. Wow…what a great time! I’ll admit, I never had a strong desire to visit NYC. I’m more of a outdoors, national park kind of person…but I’d go back in a heartbeat! We flew into LaGuardia. The prices were better for us, but check both JFK and Newark when booking tickets. To get from the airport, we used Super Shuttle. So trying to find a budget… Read More

The High Line is one of the great new urban park spaces. Located on the Lower West Side, it sits on an abandoned elevated train track. The first section opened in 2009. This was great stroll in the late afternoon sun. Lots of locals and lots of tourists. Everyone was enjoying the view. To get there: We took the subway to 28th Street and then walked three blocks west down 28th and… Read More

Oh, Times Square…tacky and overrated. But you’re in New York, so you have to do it. By the way, don’t go to Times Square (or all of NYC for that matter) and eat at a chain restaurant that you can visit at home. Seriously, you should have seen all the people packed in to the Times Square Olive Garden. But I digress! Actually, Times Square isn’t that bad if you can get… Read More

Due to Superstorm Sandy, the Statue of Liberty was still closed for repairs. So we had to settle for the next best thing: the Staten Island Ferry. You’re not able to stop at Liberty Island, and the views of the statue aren’t particularly close, but the ferry is reliable, runs 24/7, is fast, and free. The ride is about 25 minutes each way. From Lower Manhattan, the ferry departs from the Whitehall… Read More

You have to do at least one high-rise experience when in New York City. The Empire State Building is, of course, the classic experience. However, the Top of the Rock, at Rockefeller Center is nice too–and you’re able to get shots on the iconic Empire State Building. Since we had the time, we opted to do both. Schedule one for daytime and one for nighttime. We did the Empire State Building during… Read More

Two landmarks were on my list for the NYC trip: the New York Public Library and Grand Central Terminal. Only located a couple of blocks apart off of 42nd Street, it’s just a short walk between these two famous sites. First up was the New York Public Library. Since I’m a librarian, this was a required visit for me! However, it’s important to note that NYPL has many branches. Here we are… Read More

Ready for my close-up? No, not really! One of the highlights of the trip to NYC was seeing a taping of David Letterman. He’s always been one of my faves. In fact, we share the same alma mater – Ball State – in Muncie, Indiana. I even stayed in his dorm my sophomore year of college. There’s a plaque dedicated to all of the “C” students in his honor! We were able… Read More

Yesterday we took the subway from our hotel on the Upper West Side to Brooklyn. From there, we walked through the brownstones and rowhouses in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, stopping to take pictures along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, with views of Lower Manhattan and New York Harbor. Next it was time to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge! Tip: Don’t walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn–you’ll miss all the great views. Start in Brooklyn… Read More

Leaving Central Park, we decided to continue our walking tour through Midtown Manhattan. Heading down 6th Avenue, we walked to Rockefeller Center and visited Radio City Music Hall, 30 Rock, and NBC’s Today show. After that, we headed down 5th Avenue, stopped at the New York Public Library, and then went east on 42nd Street to get to Times Square. After getting our fill of tacky tourist stuff, we headed up Broadway… Read More

Got into New York City and checked in to our hotel – Days Inn at 94th St. and Broadway. With only a 3-block walk to Central Park, that was our first tourist stop. Entering the park near 93rd St., we spent much of the afternoon wandering around. We walked past the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, the Great Lawn, Turtle Pond, and stopped for some photos at Belvedere Castle. Continuing our walk through… Read More