Taking Friends Around The Town I Call Home

Back in April I had the pleasure of having a few friends come in from Australia for a holiday in New York City. I did what any New Yorker would do and took them all over the city. My friends Ed and Cassandra have probably never did as much walking as they did that day.

That's me on the left and Ed to my right. We started out by walking from the Carter Hotel on 43rd street where we stayed and walked towards Times Square. Don't stay at this hotel it is a dump! We strolled across town towards Grand Central Station.

Along the way we stopped in Bryant Park and took some pictures of all the architecture in front of the New York Public Library. We headed towards Grand Central and stopped outside to take pictures of the Chrysler Building before going into the landmark train station. We went in and I showed them the constellation up on the ceiling which most New Yorkers take for granted.

From there we hopped on a #6 train and went to 23rd street and Lexington Avenue to visit the Flatiron building. This strange shaped building is at 175 Fifth Avenue, it sits on a triangular island block at 23rd Street, and Broadway. I didn't think it was a big tourist attraction but Ed said he saw it in movies and wanted to see it. I had to Google the building when I got Vinny From Brooklyn Home and see what it was all about. Apparently the building was thought wouldn't hold up to the swirling winds on Broadway and would be flat as an iron from the wind, hence the name.

From there we hoped on a W train down Broadway and went to City Hall station where we walked over to the Twin Towers site. We then took a walk to J&R music world to buy a camera battery before heading for a walk on the Brooklyn Bridge. That is where Cassandra took that great picture of Ed and I.

We then hoped on an uptown #6 train at the Brooklyn Bridge station and headed up to Canal street where Cassandra did a little shopping. We walked on Canal Street towards West Broadway where we seen the Moondance diner that was featured in the Spiderman movies. They are tearing the place down so I was glad to see it before they did that.

In front of the Moondance we hoped into a cab to 42nd street and the Hudson river where we hoped on a two hour circle line cruise that took us down to lower Manhattan and up the East river and back. This trip is a must do for people that come visit here as you get an up close view of the Statue of Liberty, great pictures of the Staten Island ferry and Governors Island.

On the cruise you get to go under the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. It was strange going under the Brooklyn Bridge since I was just on it an hour before hand. This picture shows the old ships that are parked down by the South Street Seaport. If you are into maritime history you have to visit here.

The tour is narrated and the crew is really knowledgeable when it comes to NY history. It was the best $25 I ever spent in this city. You have to check out what time the ferry leaves as they only have 2 or three trips a day.

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