Wednesday, November 2, 2011

New York, New York - Part I

Oct. 27-Oct. 31

My latest adventure was a short vacation with Mom and Dad in New York City.  In four days we saw a lot, but there is so many awesome things to do and places to visit in the city and one could easily spend many vacations there. I took a lot of photos, so I will only post the highlights.

Friday -
After a delayed start, we arrived in NYC late Thursday night.  Friday morning, we awoke fresh and headed out to South Ferry to take the Statue of Liberty tour.  Instead of getting on the ferry we took the tour of Castle Clinton, the battery built after the Revolution to protect the city and harbor from any British invasion.
Castle Clinton

Cannon protecting NYC

Castle Clinton with downtown Manhattan in the background

The battery was later used as an opera hall and aquarium. In the 1950s, the building was given to the National Park Service and restored to its earliest use as a battery.  I wish I could have seen the McKim, Mead, and White aquarium design, but oh well!  If you are in the city, this site is definitely worth checking out.(and hard to miss because this is where one goes to pick up or get tickets to the Statue of Liberty and Elis Island)

Later in the day we went to a wood working business in Brooklyn.  The business, primarily mail order, was located on the fifth floor of a warehouse.  I have never ridden in a freight elevator before, and it was an interesting experience!
Yep, the woodworking store was located in one of these warehouses.

Before heading to the theater, we took a stroll through the lower quarter of Central Park.  This is really the only green in the city and it is great to see that such lucrative land was used as park space for the enjoyment of all.  I don't think I can imagine NYC without Central Park - and to be honest, I am sure that the residents there would go crazy without any green.  Here are some of the sights...

Awesome stone arch bridge in Central Park

Dad in the park.


After a walk through Central Park in the evening we headed to the theater district to go to our first show - Mary Poppins.  The show was in the New Amsterdam Theater in the whimsical and elaborate Art Nouveau. The musical was great, with the traditional classics and some new music. The best part for me was the set, a house that broke apart at each of the floors so that when a scene was set in the children's attic nursery that stage set descended from the ceiling.  Mom and Dad got back stage passes to meet the cast, see the set, and ask questions!  No one has more awesome parents than me - what a great treat and incredible experience!!

The family with 'Bert' on the Broadway stage for Mary Poppins

'Mary Poppins' herself posing with us.

The 'Bank's' home.  I loved this set; you can see how it breaks apart at each level in this photo.
 I can't believe how much we got done in our first day in New York together. Part II to be posted soon!

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