Bill's brother works for United Airlines. He called on Thursday and said there were 10 seats available on the 2:47 flight out of Denver. Oh boy. How is it even possible to get ready that quick? Oh, and what about our fur baby? Who's gonna keep her?
Well, for those that know us, not a problem! Gracie was dropped at the PetsMart hotel @ 11:00, and we were at the departure gate by 1:00. As we watched the standby list get longer and longer, we thought for sure we were gonna turn around and go home. We ended up being #9 and #10 for the 10 available seats! Yep, two middle seats for a 3-hour-forty-five-minute flight. Talk about luck! Bill's brother was working and wouldn't be home until Sunday afternoon. So, we had his apartment in Queens all to ourselves until then.
We arrived in NYC about 9 pm Friday night. It was absolutely sweltering. I hate humidity (especially since we live in such a dry climate). Evening of rest. We were gonna need it.
We started out first thing Saturday morning. We've been to NYC a few times now, so we had some not-your-average-thing-to-do-in-New-York-City to-do list.
First, we walked over the Brooklyn Bridge. Great spot for photos of this magnificent city.
We stopped @ City Hall and rested our feet at the cute little park. I have a new iphone app called Glimps. Just couldn't quite get the hang of it. Feel free to call me a dork.
We decided to hop a Water Taxi back to midtown. Beats the subway and costs less than a real taxi, but boy did it take a long time...zigzagging across the east river, but offered many more photo opportunities. I was happy.
|Lower Left: Pier 17|
You can see One World Trade Center!
|Funny how humidity & fog looks in the daytime!|
Another view of the Freedom Tower.
|I loved those B&W TV's. They played Beatles footage complete|
with TV commercials from when I was a kid. Great throwback!
|Bill get's just a tad bid overexcited.|
Sorry you can see his tonsils.
citibike. Bill's brother had left behind two prepaid bike keys so we could use the bikes. Let me just tell you, I was SCARED! Bill wanted to get them as soon as we arrived, but I kept dragging my feet, always thinking of something else to do. On Sunday, I had no choice. We picked up the keys and got our first bike that afternoon. Bill thinks we can just ride all over the City. He is INSANE! The City is INSANE! I haven't ridden my own bike since we got the tandem probably 15 years ago! New York City is not the place where I wanted to see if I remembered how to ride!
|The Cathedral of St. John the Devine|
After indulging in some famous Crumbs cupcakes and a Starbucks, we WALKED from the theatre district to Central Park and spent a very leisurely afternoon riding a park bench and people watching. Of course, we stopped by to pay our respects to the Imagine Memorial and Strawberry Fields as we were still humming Beatles tunes.
|See that cabling on the ceiling? Superman flies everywhere!|
Tip: if you get a chance to see the show, get balcony seats!
Oh my gosh...it took my feet a full week to recover. Note: never take sandals and/or flip flops to NYC. Although I was comfortable, I had a hard time getting the New York City grime off my toes! Definitely not the souvenir I was looking for...and P.S. they are definitely not good for riding bikes.