March 2012 Archives

Downtown

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We occupied for just a moment, then I realized that actually my retirement money is in there, so I didn't want them to get too upset with me.  We left peacefully and Manfred went to Tiffany's just down Broad street.

A visit to the September 11 memorial was accomplished as well, replete with way too many cameras and an airport screening to get into the park area. It's a masterpiece of theater and I imagine it achieves its goal of making the people from the heartland have their sense of security for all the money being spent. The memorial itself is impressive, but the overdramatization happening all around it is distracting.  From there we hiked down to battery park, had a hotdog and watched the boats go out to ellis island and lady liberty. They boys opted not to go.

Instead, after recharging, we took a train up to Greenwich Village for a walking tour there. Beautiful neighborhood, and of course the boys loved it and the history there. We saw a house for sale - 37  W. 10th. Evidently they're asking nearly 8 million for it. Quite a bargain if they hit the lottery.  After winding our way through the village to the meat packing district, we started the High Line park walk. About 2 segments in, Manfred hit the brick wall. Do not pass go, do not collect $200, go directly to the hotel for a nap. We walked until we could get a cab, and did exactly that. The two of them are snoozing away as I write, which is just as well, since we have the theater tonight, then a trip up the empire state building afterwards to see the city lit up.  We'll keep them occupied till it's time to go.

It's Not Like Munich

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The comparisons being made are pretty funny at times. Buskers in the subway stops? Never would happen in Munich.  People selling art in front of the museum? They did that long ago in Schwabing, but not now!  Those enormous potholes along Sixth Ave? There would be complaints flying to the city.

Manfred & Stefan are having a blast, and despite my limited knowledge of the city, we're getting lots of things in.  Today was Strawberry fields, more central park, the Guggenheim (which totally impressed me), and then a walk over the Brooklyn bridge.  After that, a nap was in order for me and Manfred.. we'll see if Stefan makes it back in good shape.  Dinner in Chinatown hopefully, then to the top of the Empire State building to see the city lit up!

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