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We spent the majority of our time in Manhattan, and for good reason. There is so much to see in Manhattan.

We had a look at Wall Street, it is so named because during the 1600’s the Dutch had a settlement here, and built a wall along the present day Wall Street.

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Wall Street and the surrounding few blocks is the Financial District of NYC. Interesting to note that this area started the concept of commuting to work. Historically people always lived within walking distance to where they worked. With mass immigration the Financial District and the nearby Lower East Side where many of the workers lived, became run down. The more affluent Bankers and such did not want to live with the new immigrants as most arrived penniless. Upper Manhattan was yet to be developed, so people moved into the once separate City of Brooklyn and commuted across the water. This in turn forced the Cities to construct the Brooklyn Bridge and underground Subway Tunnels. (We learned all of this at the City of New York Museum- truly fascinating)

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The building’s around Wall Street spare no expense.

The first President of America, George Washington was sworn in as such in this building

The first President of America, George Washington was sworn in as such in this building

New York Stock Exchange

New York Stock Exchange

Manhattan from below

Manhattan from below

Just around the corner from Wall Street and a few blocks over is the New World Trade Tower. We have looked at this massive building enough, (fourth tallest in the world) its time to go to the top.

World Trade One reflected on World Trade Four.

World Trade One reflected on World Trade Four.

World Trade One

World Trade One

They put about 7,000 people up this tower daily

They put about 7,000 people up this tower daily

I realize that this building cost about 4 Billion to construct, which is a massive amount of money. They also make a pretty penny selling tickets to the Observatory.

7,000 people per day at an average price of $30 = $210,000 per day.

The elevator.

The elevator.

The elevators are advertised as some of the fastest in the world. Massive TV screens cover the walls, and document the history of NYC as you go up. When you leave the basement, NYC is a small Dutch settlement, as you near the top of the elevator, you see the new World Trade Tower being built around you.

The views at the top were expansive.

Sunset looking towards New Jersey

Sunset looking towards New Jersey (The RV park is on the harbour in the lower left)

Hudson River- Manhattan

Hudson River- Manhattan

Brooklyn in the distance

Brooklyn in the distance. Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges.

Uptown Manhattan

Uptown Manhattan

If you are going up any Building in NYC, One World and Empire State are the most popular, plan your visit just before sunset. We were able to see daytime, sunset and night views.

Uptown Manhattan

Uptown Manhattan (Empire State is tallest building at center)

Hudson River

Hudson River

New Jersey

New Jersey

From here we turned in for the night, but returned the next day with a big appetite. A member of our group, Tyler’s Dad wanted to try some Street food. We had already eaten, but documented and sampled the tasty eats.

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NYC has street food options available anywhere, anytime. And they are all delicious.

The Lamb Biryani maker

The Lamb Biryani maker

Tasty fare

Tasty fare

From here we explored the outskirts of the lower east side, specifically Chinatown and Little Italy.

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Little Italy is small and only runs for about one block, but just around the corner is the much larger Chinatown.

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Negotiating with the shopkeeper (in the white and green shirt)

Negotiating with the shopkeeper (in the white and green shirt) And no, we were not trying to buy the spandex flag pants

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The murals, and art in random spots were fascinating.

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This brings us to a very important time of the day. Dinner, or maybe it was Lunch. Either way it was time to eat, we were hungry. We visited the positively reviewed Shanghai Café Deluxe for Dim Sum.

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Wow that was good.

We ventured into Times Square next:

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The Illuminated flag is a U.S Army recruiting center, in the heart of Times Square.

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There was a huge orange video screen behind us, hence the orange hue

There was a huge orange video screen behind us, hence the orange hue

The sky was the most spectacular view.

The sky was the most spectacular view.

From the hordes of people in Times Square, we wanted to switch gears and explore nature a little. Central Park is perhaps the only place in NYC you can escape the noise, taxis and thundering subways.

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Central Park

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We were actually able to find a few places where we could not hear the raging city at all, other than Helicopters, but you will never be able to escape them.

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But the city is never far away.

The city is never far away.

This is one of those spots if you are quiet, all you hear is silence (unless a helicopter is overhead)

This is one of those spots if you are quiet, all you hear is silence (unless a helicopter is overhead)

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Collecting Pennies

Why break your back in the sweltering heat collecting bottles when you can stay cool in a Central Park fountain collecting pennies.

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He kept telling me if someone gave him $20 it would be nice. I agreed with him, I too would like $20.

Central Park Opera.

Central Park Opera.

Near the fountain was a massive ornately decorated stone tunnel. A very talented street performer was belting out some opera music.

Central Park is so large, and we just walked whichever way we thought looked interesting, the problem with this is we got lost. We hired a pedi-cab to take us back to the subway station. But when we arrived, we were met with the wonderful smell of street food.

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Chicken Gyro

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This Gyro was one of the best street foods we have ever had! Period.

This Gyro was one of the best street foods we have ever had! Period. Massive flavor.

 

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While sitting on a bench enjoying our lunch, we could hear sirens approaching. 4 fire trucks parked right next to us, and ran into the subway station.

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Why are we telling you about a fire truck? Because of the decal on the side of it.

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This just about brings us to the end of our time in NYC, but we had a few other places to see before we left.

The Flatiron Building is a famous NYC landmark

Flatiron Building

Flatiron Building

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Our last stop in NYC was Grand Central Terminal.

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

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We people watched in Grand Central and enjoyed the Air Conditioning before heading back to New Jersey for the last time.

 You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown, you travel for the unknown, that reveals you with yourself. – Ella Maillart