NYC Day 2

 

What a nice day!  We got up semi-early and went out for breakfast.  The first place wasn’t open yet so we ended up at Le Pain Quotidien, then to Michael’s apartment where we played piano a little then decided to take a Detour app trip called Ken Burns’ Brooklyn Bridge. It was just a tad weird that we took an Uber to go for a walk starting place but we did. 🙂

It was really fun.  The app used our location so it told us what we needed to know right where we were.

It started right near Bargemusic in Brooklyn. According to the New York City Department of Transportation, more than 120,000 vehicles, 4,000 pedestrians, and 3,100 cyclists cross the bridge each day.

The bridge first opened to the public in 1883 in a dedication ceremony presided over by President Chester A. Arthur and New York Governor Grover Cleveland. Any pedestrian with a penny for the toll was welcomed to cross—an estimated 250,000 people walked across the bridge in the first 24 hours—horses with riders were charged 5 cents, and it cost 10 cents for horse and wagons.

The following year, P. T. Barnum, of circus fame, led 21 elephants across the bridge in an attempt to quell public fears about its stability.

The pedestrian toll was repealed by 1891, along with the roadways toll in 1911, and the bridge crossing has been free to all ever since.

Tom took lots more picture but this will do for now 🙂

Then, after the briefest of naps, we went out for yummy Thai food at Thai Sliders and Co.

Uber back to our place to sit on “our” terrace from last night. Such a nice view 🙂

Busy day tomorrow so it’s time to say

NYC Day 1

The train ride was uneventful (Hooray).  We’d originally been scheduled on a later train but Amtrak moved us due to Hurricane Florence.

Our son met us at Penn Station after a few misses due to us coming up a different elevator than normal.  We finally met up and got into an Uber.  Off to the hotel with the world’s longest title: Courtyard by Marriott New York Downtown Manhattan/World Trade Center Area

After checking in and short naps (son and wife were taking a dance lesson), we went out to dinner at Eataly in the Oculus.  We’ve eaten there before but it’s such a cool building.

I had a really interesting and yummy dish called a Quad-something.  Ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta with a lemon-butter sauce and pistachios on top.

After dinner, we walked along the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway for awhile. The Manhattan Waterfront Greenway is a foreshoreway for walking or cycling, 32 miles long, around the island of Manhattan, in New York City. It’s easy to forget that you’re in this huge city with scenery like this.

Michael often rides a bike along the Greenway to work.

Tom and I checked out the 6th floor of the hotel and came across the Greenwich room.  They have small meals, a business center, self-serve snacks and more.  They also have a wonderful balcony where I took the picture below of the  Freedom Tower and a bit of The Oculus at the World Trade Center, lower right.

Freedom Tower

After that, we got back to the room and watched a movie on TV 🙂

Then a shower and bed for me.  I slept wonderfully and got over 8 hours sleep.  Amazing!

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