empire state of mind-part 1

I'm home! It was an incredible, long, fun, exciting, and exhausting journey!

New York was all I hoped it would be and more. I actually enjoyed riding the Subways. And with every rude person we encountered a nice person was there to make up for the rudeness. People watching was fabulous. There are so many different kinds of people in this city. It's amazing to watch. One of the most interesting things was watching the lack of human interaction on the subway. Everyone (the locals) had a book, i-pod, blackberry, or some other form of distraction to keep them occupied during the ride. You sit extremely close to random people yet there is no interaction with them. So interesting!


We spent the majority of the day traveling. We woke up at 5am to get to the airport by 8ish. We flew JetBlue from Sacramento to Long Beach where we had a little lay over. From Long Beach to NYC. The flight was smooth and went by fast since we had our individual TVs (what did we do before this?). When we finally landed we were delayed because there was an emergency landing due to a medical issue. Macky met us at the airport and we were off....to boot camp as we called it. Air Train to the Long Island Railroad, to the subway with a few transfers...all with luggage. I'm glad it was Sunday night and the trains weren't busy..since we were all newbies. We finally arrived in Brooklyn at Mackys place around midnight. What a long day!


Monday was full of excitement but soon ended when we got off on the wrong side of town..Jay St-Borough Hall. I'm thankful we got to see this part of town though. Back on the subway we got off at the Brooklyn Bridge so we could walk across it. Awesome! :) Once across we walked around Wall Street, went into St.Pauls, Trinity Church, saw ground Zero, a few free museums, and Battery Park. Back on the Subway towards Madison Square we were on a mission to get some lunch...I had to eat at the Shake Shack while in NYC.. duh. The burger was hella good... I could have lived without the shake and fries though. The Flat Iron building was gorgeous! From there we walked toward Times Square...stopped in at Ruby Tuesdays for a late afternoon pick me up drink. After we sat on the big red stairs and people watched for a good hour. Next we were off to find dinner on Pier 17. Really cute area! We ended up at a little restaurant on the pier...I was wishing we would have picked a different one... this place just wasn't that great. Oh well.. I was in NYC with my friends. Finally back on Ditmas... it was bed time!

Stay tuned for part 2!

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