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Published: November 10th 2017
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We got up Monday morning and got on the bus and headed to the United Nations building for a tour. We got there early and had to sit around for our tour to start. It was a really god tour even though the general assembly room was closed for renovations. It seems that almost everything we want to see has either scaffolding around it or is closed for renovation. We did get to go into a meeting that was going on in another room and got to see Mr. Moon, the head of the United Nations. Pretty cool. Our guide said that it was rare to see him in person.
We then had some lunch and took a bus down to Greenwich Village. We walked around for a couple of hours looking at the buildings and the people. We walked almost 6 miles that day.
The next day, we got up and walked 28 blocks up to Central Park. When we got there we took a carriage ride around the park. It was fun. After, we walked into the park and visited Strawberry fields, Gapstow Bridge, and the Belvedere Castle. We stopped for a quick bite from
a sidewalk food vendor. It wasn't too bad. We were near the Metropolitan Museum of Art, so we decided to go there next. We walked around there for about 3 hours and only saw about 50% of it. We were tired and caught the bus back to our hotel. Another 6 mile day.
Today, Wednesday, we took the bus down to the Statue of Liberty boats. We now know that if you want to go a long distance on Manhattan you take the subway. It took us over an hour to get down to the boat. So much traffic! It makes Sacramento traffic look like some little village in the country. It was supposed to rain today, but we got lucky and it was only cloudy. It was quite cold though, about 45 degrees.
We got on the boat and headed out to the statue. I had a ticket to go up to the crown and Stacy had a ticket to go to the top of the pedestal. We split up and got into line. The sign said 7 minutes by stairs to the top of the pedestal or a 20 minute wait for the elevator. I headed up
New condos by Central Park
This building is not open yet. It is right on the south west corner of Central Park. The penthouse suite sold for $94 million!
the stairs. Then the climb to the crown is 168 steps up a spiral staircase. A very narrow and short staircase. I had to duck all the way up and back down. When I got down to the pedestal I found Stacy. She said she also went up the stairs to the pedestal because they told her it was a 30 minute wait for the elevator. That was 145 stairs. We did the audio tour and finally left the island for the mainland.
We walked down to Wall St. to see The Federal Hall National Museum. It is the place that George Washington was sworn into office. This is also the place where the Bill of Rights was written and passed by the new Congress. After that we walked over to the subway to catch a train back to our hotel. By this time it was just after 4PM. We got to the subway station just as everyone was getting off of work. It was a sardine can back to our hotel! Tomorrow we head to the USS Intrepid and to the Cloisters on the west side.
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