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North America » United States » New York » New York » Brooklyn February 4th 2020

Today we were out for 11 consecutive hours. That is the longest day out we’ve had this whole trip without coming home for a little stop! Which to be honest is a little embarrassing but let’s move past that. The original plan was to spend the whole day over in Brooklyn, because we were watching the Nets vs Suns game at night, however Adam pointed out to me that whilst Brooklyn is cool, he didn’t think we’d find enough to do to take up the whole day. But before I get to that, breakfast. We went to a Fresh & Co (or something along those lines) for our first meal of the day, and it was kind of like a subway but also had prepackaged sandwiches and salads if you didn’t want to create your own. ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Brooklyn September 20th 2019

Zoe and I woke up at 9 o’clock. We went downstairs and later found out that mum had taken dad on a birthday breakfast date. We just played games until they came back. We gave dad his presents and he loved them. We made a booking for lunch at 1:45 in Soho so we had time to relax. At 12:45 we walked to subway into Manhattan and met Nadine (Simons lovely wife💕) we had a delicious lunch and sang happy birthday to dad. We were there for like 2 and a half hours. Then we split up. Mum and I went straight to the subway while Caroline, Mike, dad, Zoe and Franciska went to the baseball (Yankees won who were versing Los Angelas Angels) Me and mum did a bit of shopping (got nothing) and went ... read more
Happy Birthday dad!
Dean and Nads
Front of restaurant

North America » United States » New York » New York » Brooklyn September 19th 2019

Day 12 New York/Brooklyn It’s Wednesday morning and as per usual I snuck down to the “milk bar” on the corner of 6th and union in Brooklyn for my small latte with an extra shot. A Small in the USA is the same as a large back home! We caught the subway to grand central and then walked to the UN building on first st street near the east river. We joined a guided tour and sat in the general assembly and saw the security council and other chambers . There was a telling poster that showed annual military expenditure at 1.8 trillion dollars, where as expenditure on development is only 30 billion a year! All the world’s leaders and Greta Thunberg will be talking in the general Assembly next week! We then headed off to ... read more
A lifelong dream to visit this place
Mike and Caroline
Ferry to Liberty Island

North America » United States » New York » New York » Brooklyn September 16th 2019

Day 9 - Brooklyn Bridge Today everyone woke up at 8:30, but I woke up at 9:45 which I personally thought was early compared to my 11 o’clock start yesterday. We got ready and left our apartment at 12 noon. We stopped at the outside the Police station where they filmed Brooklyn 99. We then did a long walk to DUMBO market which was nice I guess. After that we walked to a food market called Time Out which was delicious, me and Zoe got fried chicken karage. Mum reminded us there was dessert place which she had heard of before. Dō. It was actually delicious. (Thanks Mina) After that we walked to Brooklyn bridge which wasn’t very interesting. We walked to the Subway and I finally swiped my metro card on one go! We got ... read more
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North America » United States » New York » New York » Brooklyn September 15th 2019

Day 8 Brooklyn Today was our first full day in Brooklyn and our first full day with Caroline and Mike. Another sluggish start (this jet lag seems to be dragging on a fraction). Mike and I went on a coffee and pastry reconnaissance, which was partially successful, although a couple of the pana chocalate turned out to be plain croissants. Around noon we left our Union St abode and headed towards the Williamsburg bridge on east River. We walked along many of the cool streets of Brooklyn. I found a brilliant latte and Bella found a book shop that carried new editions of two of her favourite book series. We ended up at a new development on the riverside called Domino’s Park. They are redeveloping the old warehouses into new residential areas (Docklands style), with great ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Brooklyn August 19th 2019

Our cruise aboard Caribbean Princess to the Canadian Maritimes and Greenland was to sail from Brooklyn. This would be a first, sailing from Brooklyn rather than Manhattan. To reach Brooklyn, we drove up I-95 to northern New Jersey, then took I-278 across Staten Island and the Verrazzano Narrows bridge to Brooklyn. It was a raimy and gloomy trip, taking about eight hours. We stayed Sunday night at the Marriott Brooklyn Bridge. Dinner was found next door to the hotel, at Rocco's Tacos & Tequillar Bar, a popular neighborhood spot. Monday morning I took a walk around the block outside our hotel. The rain was gone and the sun now out! This was a very central location in Brooklyn. Passerby and transit busses reminded me of the scene looking out of our Loondon hotel two years before. ... read more
Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)
Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge

North America » United States » New York » New York » Brooklyn May 8th 2019

It was a bright sun New Year's Eve afternoon a little more than 32 years ago when we began our greatest journey. We found ourselves nervously sitting amongst one of the most unique collections of people we had ever experienced. The mixture of languages, skin colors and the obvious financial differentials of this diverse cast of characters meant it could only be one city in the world. Nowhere else on earth could have offered this mixture of cultures, shapes and varieties of the human experience. It had to be in New York City. We and about 100 other couples were here in the Manhattan marriage license bureau for the second day in a row. The previous day we had stood in line and paid our ten dollars to receive our license. Today would be the day ... read more
Manhattan
Manhattan
Manhattan Bridge

North America » United States » New York » New York » Brooklyn September 30th 2018

We’re now four and a half days into our seven day visit to New York City and so time to start this blog. We’ve also had a slightly quieter day today in an effort to give Terry’s sore feet a bit of rest. We arrived here last Monday after a very early (3:00am) start in Los Angeles, 6:00 am departure followed by a 5-hr flight to NYC. By the time we collected our luggage, caught a taxi and crawled through the heavy traffic at JFK it was probably about 3:30 pm before we reached our apartment in the Clinton Hill district of Brooklyn. Once again, we are staying in an AirBnB and chose to stay in Brooklyn rather than with the throngs of other tourists in Manhattan. Our apartment is lovely, a 1-bedroom affair in a ... read more
At Madam Tussauds
A bunch of dead Presidents
The Oculus at World Trade Center

North America » United States » New York » New York » Brooklyn September 8th 2018

Saturday in NYC means some of the subway lines aren't operating or are on different schedules. We left the hotel for the subway stop right near the door. Got off and walked a bit to the Tenement Museum which was a great tour. We had seen a piece on it on Sunday Morning a couple months ago and were looking forward to it. Great stories, good guide. Then wandered over through one of the four Chinatowns in NYC, making our way to the Fulton Market and the waterfront. Was quite a bit like China at several points--the people playing music and games in the park, the open fresh food markets and lots of wares in lots of little shops. Great meal at a restaurant that I thought I took a picture of from the outside but ... read more
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North America » United States » New York » New York » Brooklyn July 7th 2018

Despite my intentions to wake up early and have an AH/life discussion with Amanda and Noah, my exhausted body got the best of me and my intentions since its a "Build Day" today, which means we can sleep in a bit. Raffi handles making bacon and sausage and I handle making some pancakes for our team. Our host woman was very accommodating and helpful in her efforts to help us make pancakes and coffee. Our alum that is serving as our Affordable Housing tour guide arrives and we all stand in a circle and give him our name, where we are from, and our favorite K2C memory thus far. I believe I talked about watching my team ride into West PAlm, despite wanting to ride, and getting over myself and having a shift in perspective about ... read more
Blue Skies and Dreamy
Safety Tris on Wall Street
Humblinggg




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