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Day 2 in NYC! Yesterday was a full day, and today was going to be another one!
We didn’t make it to the empire state build in time to do the tour before we had to had back for the ferry, so that’s on the roster for today, as well as central park and we have to use our tickets for the Star Wars exhibit that we bought yesterday. We are also meeting Vic Fina who TL and used to work with but haven’t seen in at least a dozen years. Vic is a through and through New Yorker. The perfect guy to get a tour from.
First stop was to take a look at a monument in the AMEX building dedicated to the employees who lost their lives on 9-11. A beautiful tribute to their lives.
Some interesting mosaic eyes covered the walls of the subway – feels a little 1984ish.
The kids first time on a NYC subway.
If you are any kind of Star Wars buff, the exhibit at the Discovery centre in Time Square is worth a look. You could see all of the main characters, weapons and wardrobe.
‘A Lot of fun it was.’
We had planned to meet Vic around 10am. He ended up showing up at Discovery just as we were heading out. Perfect timing!
Our next stop was the Good Morning America set for a private tour where they shoot the show and the operations booth. Vic gave us a rundown on how everything worked. The kids were pretty impressed.
Next was a walk up to Central Park and the CP Zoo. On the walk up Vic pointed out some of the sign work he had worked on a young lad.
He walked us around the south end of the park and over to the zoo. The kids really wanted to go there because it’s where the Madagascar characters are from! Vic had been there a million times, so we said our goodbyes. Thanks for the tour Vic! Hopefully it won’t be so long before we get together next time.
Off we go, into Central Park Zoo.
Walking through the zoo today I have a different perspective of how the animals may feel after a few eye opening events this summer. We have moored in fishing basins quite a bit along the way this summer. At times we almost felt like animals in a zoo, as car after car would drive by us on the pier, stop for a brief moment to look at us and then carry on. (No one ever threw a chocolate bar our way, so there must have been a ‘Do Not Feed The Animals’ sign somewhere.) I get that it allows people to see animals that they may never get a chance to see in their life times, but the conditions the animals live in at any zoo are far from ideal. Do I have an answer on how to make it better? Not at the moment. But it’s something to think about. Augmented and Virtual Reality as well as Robotics are advancing at a fast pace now. Maybe there is an alternative there. Food for thought.
Next stop Empire State Building! It’s quite a hike down to the ESB, so we hopped on the city tour bus that we had bought tickets for yesterday. (the tickets printed on 72 feet of paper!)
We opted to do the deluxe tour to see both the 86th and the 102nd floor views.
It’s great seeing all the iconic buildings first from the river, then by bus and on foot, and then finally from atop the Empire State Building. Each giving a different perspective. From the minute details in each brick to the expansive landscape of Manhattan. Observing from more than one perspective really gives life richness and texture and can also be enlightening at times.
For dinner tonight we met up with Arlene and Jayme, two other friends we had worked with in the past. They came down to the boat and met the kids and then Arlene brought us to a great little restaurant in Jayme’s neighbourhood. The food was awesome, the company was awesome! Great to catch up with old friends. Even after 12 years it felt like it was only a few weeks ago we spoke last.
It was a whirlwind visit to the Big Apple. We took in as much as we could in two days and it was a blast! Tomorrow, we make the big right hand turn to start heading up the Hudson River back to Ontario so the kids can start school in a couple of weeks.
Chow for now!