Do I look bummed out?It’s becasue I am. The lines at this place were nuts. We were about to get onto the submarine, we were the next people to get in, and we were told we had to wait anther 20 min. So we ditched it and went to wait for the water taxi instead. We did learn some interesting things about this boat while we were there. It was called unsinkable, because it had been bombed, and kamakisied, and never sank. It is retired, but was used on 9/11 as a medical hospital. This is the ship that will smith putted off of in I am Legend. It is a historic New York landmark, cool, but we weren’t too bummed that we missed the big tour.
So, the water taxi arrived:
and at first it seemed pretty cool. We got some sweet seats on the upper deck:
Then our tour guide who was full of incorrect facts like, “one 9/11 they took our freedom away” and it is costomary for you to tip your captain 😉 and finally, that she was a certified tour guide, so she couldn’t lie.
The view of the city was pretty cool though, the same as the night tour, but during the day:
The intrepid from the water
Cool thing about the blocks, you can see from one side of the island to another, all the way down:
Tower #1 coming up. There will only be one tower instead of two, and there will be two “artificially lit waterfalls” exactly where the towers used to stand.
The taxi dropped us off at Battery park:
Where we rented some bikes!
They were Trek 7300’s they were really great, except the fact that the kids running the place didn’t know anything about bikes.
Which we learned a mile down the road:
When Karl got a pinch flat because his tube wasn’t inflated enough:
We walked the bikes back to Battery Park, and Karl pumped it up himself.
We jumped on the bikes, fresh tires ready to go, and before we knew it we were at the Brooklyn Bridge.
The ride was really, just, amazing!
Plus, the ride across is really far. It was actually really nice not to have to walk all that way.
Look at all that Cable.
One of us! Those Helmets are so dorky.
Here we were, almost to the other side:
We got over to Brooklyn and and turned around. We headed over to the Manhattan Bridge. We passed the Watch Tower campus. We made it on to the bridge:
It was still really cool, just a totally different type of bridge, not kept up at all:
But still really cool.
A view of China town from the bridge:
The Arch De Triumph, as you enter Manhattan.
We biked up the city. Through SoHo, and China town, until we were back in mid town.
When we were on 11th and 45, and man reached out into the street and grabbed my chest and arm. It was awful.
We finally made it to Central Park.
We sat down and ate some cereal that we got from the hotel at breakfast.
We shared Cheerios with the birds too.
Central Park was seriously amazing. Everything was so green. The buildings disappeared and it was just trees.
We found Bethesda Fountain. Years ago Karl came here with his sister Malia and his girlfriend at the time. They took a picture that looked like this:
Enough of that, we took a Karl and Allie Picture:
It really was a beautiful place.
Facing it was Bethesda Terrace:
I took this picture. This boy and his dad were begging for money. At least he had his skateboard.
Back on the bikes we biked up to 100th Ave, then headed to the Hudson River Greenway.
We took the Greenway back to the water taxi, turned in our bikes, and took the taxi to Pier 18.
This was our route:
In all, 17.2 miles. It was GREAT!
On Pier 18 we walked around, as saw some old counting houses and then caught:
I have wanted to see this exhibit since forever, and it just happened to be in New York, and on the New York Pass.
No Pictures in the Exhibit of course. I found this one online:
Karl and I played this game where you connect a sensor to your head, and you see who can be more relaxed. Surpisingly, I won. I used meditating techniques I learned in my world religions class. Thanks Brother Purse. Karl said that he let me win. Yeah right. I am just more centered than him.
For dinner we had Mexican:
I told Karl he looked too sad. But he wasn’t.
Then the food came:
Here there is a place that sells discounted tickets for Broadway shows. We found some great tickets for Zarkana, a circ de sole show that was showing at none other than:
Radio City Music Hall
Yeah! We were so excited!
We got inside, and there were players from the show everywhere.
Suddenly from above, this guy started crowing:
Then this girl started yapping.
Then this guy crept up behind me.
We found our seats, which were really great, and took in the room. It was breathtaking.
One last shot together before the show started.
It was seriously so cool!
Below is the Trailer, and it shows some of the coolest parts.
We stopped at a Mr. Freezy’s Truck and walked home.
We walked through time square and saw:
The Naked Cowboy!
I wondered, why does he come? Does someone pay him. How long has he been doing this?
We made it home, around midnight.