NEW YORK CITY


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(Satellite image showing the core of the New York metropolitan area)


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2008:

We sailed under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge before 6:00 A.M.
The Statue of Liberty was about a mile off the port side as we turned into our berth in Brooklyn just after 7:00.
After 28 wonderful days at sea I reluctantly disembarked the Sea Princess around 10:00 A.M.

THE SEA PRINCESS: A FOND FAREWELL VIDEO
5 minute video of our early morning sail into New York's harbor to end the cruise.
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It was about a twenty minute cab ride to my hotel, the New York Hilton at Rockefeller Center.


All of the images below are thumbnails and can be clicked on for a larger image.

I didn't do a whole lot this first day in the Big Apple.
It was a short walk over to Broadway and Times Square.
Looking toward Radio City Music Hall from Time-Life Fountain Times Square Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway


TIMES SQUARE VIDEO
9 minute video of New York's Times Square.
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MY DAILY EMAIL SENT ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2008
Hello,

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 evening.



Today's attached picture is of Times Square which is a short walk from my hotel.

More later,

Tim

This is the last email I could find from this trip.



SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2008:

I began this beautiful Sunday morning by walking all around the World Trade Center site.
St. Paul's Chapel, at 209 Broadway, is an Episcopal chapel located on Church Street between Fulton and Vesey Streets,
opposite the east side of the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. After the attack on September 11, 2001,
which led to the collapse of the twin towers of the World Trade Center, St. Paul's Chapel served as a place of rest and
refuge for recovery workers at the WTC site. The Bell of Hope was present by the Lord Mayor of London as a memorial to
those who died on 9/11. It was casted in London at the same foundry as the Liberty Bell.
St. Paul's Chapel The Bell of Hope at St. Paul's Chapel Memorial at World Trade Center Site


The FDNY Memorial Wall, a Gift from Holland & Knight,
Honors Members of the New York City Fire Department and Holland & Knight Partner Who Perished on 9-11-2001
Located at FDNY Engine Co. 10, FDNY Ladder Co. 10, 124 Liberty Street, New York City.
World Trade Center Site FDNY Ten House FDNY Memorial Wall


GROUND ZERO VIDEO
11 minute video of my walk around the World Trade Center site.
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In Battery Park is the globe that sat between the World Trade Centers along with an eternal flame.
From Battery Park I took the ferry over to Liberty Island. We also stopped at Ellis Island.
Battery Park - the globe that sat between the World Trade Centers Statue of Liberty Ellis Island


LIBERTY ISLAND VIDEO
9 minute video of my visit to the Statue of Liberty.
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After returning from the Statue of Liberty I walked all around lower Manhattan and the financial district.
Lower Manhattan from Hudson River Hope Garden - Battery Park Bull statue on Broadway at Bowling Green, in the heart of Downtown Manhattan's Financial District


MANHATTAN: THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE CITY VIDEO
11 minute video of my walk around the island of Manhattan.
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My walk took me down Wall Street and past the New York Stock Exchange.
I ended my walk at the South Street Pier where I took a one hour cruise on a New York Water taxi.
We sailed up the Hudson River past the World Trade Center site and then turned around passing Jersey City, New Jersey.
New York Stock Exchange World Trade Center Site from Hudson River Jersey City, New Jersey from Hudson River


After passing the Statue of Liberty it was back up the East River and under the Brooklyn Bridge.
Under the Brooklyn Bridge you can see one of four waterfalls that were placed along the East River as part of an art exhibit.
Staten Island Ferry Brooklyn Bridge over East River Empire State Building


NEW YORK CITY RIVERS CRUISE VIDEO
11 minute video of my New York Water Taxi cruise around the island of Manhattan.
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Next I took a cab over to the Empire State Building.
From the 86th floor observation deck you get a magnificent view of Manhattan.
View looking north from the top of Empire State Building View looking northeast from top of Empire State Building View looking south from the top of Empire State Building


THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING VIDEO
8 minute video of the Empire State Building.
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I decided to walk back to my Hotel from the Empire State Building.
I walked up Park Avenue to 42nd Street passing the Met Life Building and the Chrysler Building.
Looking north up Park Avenue toward Met Life Building The Chrysler Building at Lexington Avenue and East 42nd Street Rockefeller Plaza


I then continued to walk north up Fifth Avenue which took me past St. Patrick's Cathedral.
From there I cut through Rockefeller Plaza over to my hotel at 53rd and Sixth Avenue.
Later in the evening I took a walk over to Times Square.
St. Patrick's Cathedral Radio City Music hall and the GE Building Times Square




MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2008:

On Monday morning I took a nice long walk through Central Park.
Columbus Circle The Great Lawn in Central Park Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park


With about twenty-five million visitors annually, Central Park is the most visited city park in the United States.
Bethesda Fountain in Central Park Bethesda Fountain in Central Park The Mall in Central Park


CENTRAL PARK VIDEO
11 minute video of New York City's Central Park.
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Most of the areas immediately adjacent to the park are known for impressive buildings and valuable real estate.
New York Skyline from Central Park The Pond in Central Park The East River and Lower Manhattan from helicopter


I took to the skies in the afternoon as I took a helicopter flight around the island of Manhattan.
The Williamsburg Bridge over the East River from helicopter The East River and Midtown Manhattan from helicopter The United Nations and Midtown Manhattan from helicopter


It was a bumpy ride due to the wind but the views were fantastic.
Midtown Manhattan and Times Square from helicopter The Hudson River and George Washington Bridge from helicopter The old and new Yankee Stadium from helicopter


NEW YORK CITY HELICOPTER TOUR VIDEO
11 minute video of my helicopter flight around the island of Manhattan.
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Shortly before sunset I walked across the street from my hotel and visited "The Top of the Rock."
Rockefeller Center and the GE Building The Empire State Building and the view south from the Top of the Rock Central Park and the view north from the Top of the Rock


Unparalleled views of New York City from the newly renovated observation deck on the 70th floor of the GE Building.
Twilight and the view south from the Top of the Rock Twilight and the view northeast from the Top of the Rock The George Washington Bridge and the view northwest from the Top of the Rock


It was a perfect end to an almost flawless 36 day adventure.
The lights of New York City looking south from the Top of the Rock Sunset and the view southwest from the Top of the Rock


ROCKEFELLER CENTER VIDEO
11 minute video of Rockefeller Center and the "Top of the Rock" observation deck.
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2008:

A fantastic 36 day vacation came to an end as I flew out of LaGuardia Airport after 1:00 P.M.

I made a holiday visit to New York City in 2010, click HERE to take a look!


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