Stop Over in New York Dec. 12, to 15, 2008

On our way to Ohio – Manfred’s cousin celebrated his 70th. birthday – we made a stop over in New York.

The weather was absolutely super, temperature around freezing point, sunshine – marvellous for a visit in New York. We didn’t like to visit all the museums with this good weather conditions. We will make this up during upcoming visits.

Plans for our sight seeing program were Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Dakota Building, Rockefeller Centre and South Street Seaport. Also we had tickets for the New York City Ballet with Tchaikowski’s Nutcracker as one highlight.

Via internet we have booked the Chandler Hotel in 31.St. East in advance. This was really a good deal because the City was full of visitors from all over the world and all hotels at reasonable prices were fully booked.

Good weather, good sight about 25 miles but cold wind this was the condition on the visitor’s platform of the Empire State Building. It was a beautiful view over the town, the sky scrapers and the Hudson and East River.

Everywhere downtown we saw Santa Clauses males and females. They all met between 6 and 8 p.m. in the 33. /34. Street.

There were long distances between all sight seeing events, too difficult and too long by foot; therefore we used the Subway from Empire State Building to Wallstreet. In Trinity Church we made a break and could listen to a choir rehearsal. What an oasis in this big and clamant town!

We also tried to visit the Statue of Liberty. We even had tickets but when we saw the queue along the Castle Clinton (Battery Park) about 2 miles we really abstained. There was only one ferry available, the wind was blowing icy over the Hudson. We didn’t like to turn out as an ice cube after waiting for 2 or 3 hours. We passed on the tickets to a young couple and hope they enjoyed the trip.

We reached by Subway very quickly Central Park Strawberry Fields and Dakota Building (remembering John Lennon) - nice neighbourhood! On Sundays the street throughout Central Park are mainly closed for traffic. Only pedestrians, horse drawn vehicles, bicyclists may use the park. We really enjoyed walking through the park, but in spring, autumn and snowfall it must be absolutely wonderful.

Rockefeller Centre was a must to see the Christmas tree. But it was absolutely crowded. Just a photo and off we went to the Grand Central Station. This building of the Beau Art is beautiful renovated and the ceiling fresco with the signs of the zodiacs was really amazing.

On South Street Seaport we could see some old sailing boats very impressive in front of the backdrops of the sky scrapers.

We only had two days which went very quickly in New York, but we are sure we will come again, hopefully with our sailing boat.

On Dec. 15 we went to Columbus / Ohio and from there back to Frankfurt on Dec. 19, 2008...

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