Friday, January 18, 2008

Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty & More

Today was a BUSY day! We had lunch near the hotel in Melville at Houlihans then we headed into the city on the 12:39 train and our first tourist stop was the Empire State Building. We could walk there from Penn Station. We went up to the 86th floor to the observation deck and took a look at the city. My knees were shaking as I am afraid of heights but it was so cool to the city the bustling city below us. So many buildings in such a small space. Here are some pictures from the Observation deck:

Next we took a taxi to Battery Park where the Statue of Liberty resides. We missed the last ferry due to some bad directions at the Staten Island Ferry & Subway stop. We did however get to see the Statue of Liberty from a distance. It was really cold down by the water.We went back into Staten Island Ferry and took the #1 Subway back to 34th Street (Penn Station). We caught a cab over to Rockefeller Center and saw the Rainbow Room, NBC store and the outdoor skating rink. We grabbed dinner then took another cab to Canal Street. I was able to find another asian lady and made some purchases that will remain a secret. This lady had an actual store front so we go in and then she moves a ladder and there is a hidden door to lead us back to the high end knock offs. It is so much fun! After this we were beat so we tried to take a subway to Penn Station but couldn't firgure it out so once again grabbed a cab. We get to Penn Station and we have 50 minutes before the next train. We had been wanting some New York Cheesecake and as we look around we see the sign. NEW YORK CHEESECAKE we figure there must be cheesecake there. We walk across the street and have some delicious cheese cake. They live up to their slogan of "BEST CHEESECAKE ON EARTH". The bakery was D'Aiuto's New York New York Cheesecake.

That's All Folks!


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