8/19/08 - New York pictures, finally...

I am going to put these on Facebook as well, but not everyone has an account, so I'll put them here as well.

The view from the trolley car as we went over the river from Queens to Manhattan, a shot from inside Grand Central, Rockefeller Center and the accompanying massive tower.

Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and the Late Show Studios.

Personally, I was a little disappionted with Times Square. I don't know what I was expecting, but I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be. It was really crowded, to the point of not really being able to enjoy anything. Plus, it was really dirty and there was a lot of construction going on which probably took away from the atmosphere. But here are a few pictures from the area, including shots of Hard Rock, MTV Studios (I think), what I believe was the ABC Studios and ESPN Zone.

On 5th Avenue is where we spent most of our time, walking back and forth between things we wanted to see. The first picture above is from right in the middle of the street. This was taken on a Sunday afternoon, but you can imagine this being much busier on week days. Of course, on this famed street is Tramp Tower (where there were actual trees growing on some of the overhangs), Tiffany & Co. (which was closed when we went by), and the Apple Cube.

I have proof that we were on Broadway, Park Avenue and Wall Street. I'm not sure why I didn't get one of 5th Aveneu. And of course the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street...which was MUCH larger than I realized...look at the size of that flag.

The first shot is another from 5th Avenue where not only was it strange to see a Best Buy and Circuit City store front like this, but for them to be right next door was even more odd. There was a Home Depot with a really fancy store front down the way, but I didn't get a picture of that. During one of our evening walks through town, we got to see the famous NYFD respond to a call in a grocery store that happended to be on the bottom floor of a mall...yes, a grocery store in the mall. The next picture is the wall of TVs at ESPN Zone. We were watching at least 8 different baseball games at once, plus a few other misc. sporting events going on. The last shot there is of my dad getting his first New York street vendor hot dog. Sadly, he didn't think it was as good as it was going to be. His next few purchases fromt he street vendors were much more satisfying though.

The main reason we went to NY was for the baseball games. This was the last year for both Shea Stadium and Yankee Stadium. We went to the afternoon game at Shea on Sunday where we watched Johan Santana throw a gem of a game against the Cardinals. During the game, Beltran made a leaping grab over the wall to rob a home run. It was Sportscenters top play of the day. Here you can see my dad posing, and then the four of us at Shea. The next picture is where we thought our seats were before we were asked to leave just as the first pitch was being delivered. The next shot is where our seats really were...quite a difference. We were all surprised to see that Mr. Met didn't forget about the little people as he made his way through the nosebleeds.

We went to the Yankees night game, where they got pounded by the Orioles as you can see by the shot of the scoreboard still early in the game. Although our seats did not allow us access to Monument Park, we could still see it pretty well as we were sitting virtually on top of it. The view for the game was pretty good as well considering we paid about 20 bucks for tickets that at game time were going for as much as $160. The fourth picture there is currently my desktop at work, I really like that picture. As you can see, my dad and I really had a great time for the whole week, and getting to see one of the last games at Yankee Stadium really topped off the entire weekend.


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