One of the things that goes with having a head for facts (I’m not complaining! It’s what got us here!) is that you can’t look at one thing without thinking of something else. There’s a big world out there and it’s all connected. Jeopardy champ Bob Harris calls this phenomenon “Trebekistan” in his book. So as we continued our travels through New York City, everything seemed to have something to do with something else we’d seen on either the big or small screen.
Getting off the bus at the Port Authority terminal, we didn’t realize that the driver inches forward in order to keep traffic moving. Not everyone who wants to will be able to get off. Four of us disembarked, stood next to the buses, and then gasped with a frightened voice, “KEVIN!”
The tour of Ellis Island made us realize that ever since 1892, people have been coming to NY and waiting in long lines. (Excuse me natives, “Waiting ONline” The Statue of Liberty was grand, glorious, and all I could think of was Charlton Heston and Planet of the Apes.
Next we walked through Battery Park and then up to St. Paul’s chapel where we saw the memorials for 9/11. St. Paul’s is right next to Ground Zero, but it also has some interesting historical significance as well. This was George Washington’s own church.
One of things on our NYC “to do” list included finding a real deli for lunch. We did, and do you know they yelled “Cheeseburger, cheeseburger” just like on Saturday Night Live?
Back on the subway (we’re getting used to swiping those Metro cards) we headed for Central Park. There were nannies and their charges (wonder if they write Diaries?), the Boat House (27 Dresses), and the Imagine Memorial to John Lennon.
Time for some shopping! Subway to 34th St. (It’s a Miracle) and in to Macy’s. Did you know they have the original wooden escalators? Fascinating! From there we walked back to Times Square, enjoying the mad rush of people and so many lights it could have been midday. We gave up on our resolution not to eat in chain restaurants (that didn’t take long) and headed for the familiarity of the Olive Garden. By the time we got back to the hotel, it was midnight! Night y’all 🙂
Tomorrow: Art and 5th Avenue