5 minute video of our early morning sail into New York's harbor to end the cruise.
9 minute video of New York's Times Square.
We cruised into New York's harbor just before sunrise this morning. We sailed by the Statue of Liberty before docking in Brooklyn. I really hated leaving the ship after four weeks. It took until about 11:00am to get off the ship. I took a cab to the New York Hilton at Rockafeller Center where I will be staying for three days before flying home Tuesday. Below you can see Radio City Music Hall from across the fountain and pool in front of the Exxon Building.
It is just a short walk over to Times Square from my hotel.
I walked past the Ed Sullivan Theater which is a few blocks north of Times Square.
It looks like Rupert put out his garbage before he closed up for the day.
11 minute video of my walk around the World Trade Center site.
9 minute video of my visit to the Statue of Liberty.
11 minute video of my walk around the island of Manhattan.
11 minute video of my New York Water Taxi cruise around the island of Manhattan.
8 minute video of the Empire State Building.
11 minute video of New York City's Central Park.
11 minute video of my helicopter flight around the island of Manhattan.
11 minute video of Rockefeller Center and the "Top of the Rock" observation deck.
The best vacation of my life is now over and I am back home. I owe you one more email since I had just arrived in the big apple the last time we talked.
I began Sunday morning with a ground zero walking tour. I met my tour guide and the rest of the group in midtown and then took the subway to lower Manhattan. We walked all around the World Trade Center site. We also visted the FDNY Memorial Wall and St. Paul's Chapel. The tour ended in Battery Park.
Since I was in Battery Park I hopped on one of the boats to the Statue of Liberty.
I took the elevator to the top of the pedestal which is where the picture of Ellis Island you see below was taken.
We got a nice view of Lower Manhattan on our way back to Battery Park.
From Battery Park I walked over to Wall Street. Below is the New York Stock Exchange.
I ended my walk at the South Street Pier where I had lunch at Nathans.
From the South Street Pier I took a one hour cruise on a New York Water taxi. Below you can see the Brooklyn Bridge and one of four waterfalls that were placed along the East River as part of an art exhibit.
Below is lower Manhattan from the East River.
The cruise continued up the Hudson River and past the World Trade Center.
I circled around the Statue of Liberty again and then it was pack to South Street Pier. We passed a Staten Island Ferry along the way.
I took a cab over to the Empire State Building.
It was very crowded up there.
Below is looking north toward the GE Building.
Below is looking northeast toward the Chrysler Building.
Below is east toward the U.N.
Below is east again toward the East River.
And below is south toward lower Manhattan and the financial district.
I decided to walk back to my hotel which was twenty blocks north of the Empire State Building. I walked up Park Avenue to Grand Central Station.
From there it was over to Fifth Avenue and north from there.
I walked past Saint Patrick's Cathedral.
And through Rockefeller Center to my hotel.
I rested my feet a bit and then went back out after the sun set for an evening stroll.
After a good night's rest on Monday morning it was time for another long walk. It was north out of the hotel to Central Park.
I walked across the Great Lawn.
Around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.
Past the Bethesda Fountain.
After admiring the impressive buildings along 59th Street it was back to the hotel.
Monday afternoon I took a helicopter tour. Below is lower Manhattan as we start up the East River.
Below is the South Street Pier and the Brooklyn Bridge where I was yesterday.
Looking up the East River toward midtown.
Midtown and the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and U.N.
Looking south down Broadway from above Central Park.
Looking down Broadway to Times Square.
The Hudson River and George Washington Bridge.
Yankee Stadium, both the old and new.
I finished off my vacation with a visit to the Top of the Rock at sunset. Below is Central Park.
The view south at sunset.
Looking northeast you can see a nice full moon rising.
Looking northwest to the George Washington Bridge.
And the last picture speaks for itself.
I'm now counting down the days to February and South America.
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