A perfect day in New York

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One Perfect Day:  Wake up and go to Central Park for a walk. Then I would stop at the United Nations early for a tour and possibly lunch at the Delegates Dining Room (which is open to the public--bring photo ID). Then I would stroll to St.Patricks Cathedral and to the Empire State Building. I would then window shop at Macys but only stopping if I really saw something that I loved. Continuing south I would stop for a snack in Greenwich Village, then going to Wall Street, the Statue of Libery and Ellis Island, and hopefully catching sunset at south street seaport. I would finish off the evening with either a show on Broadway or something at Madison Square Garden. This agenda can be adjusted to personal interest and the amount of time you have to spend. New York City has so much to offer - if you have the opportunity to visit try to make it last!

Another Perfect Day:  Take the number 2,3, 4 or 5 trains to Borough Hall in downtown Brooklyn (a short ride from Manhattan).  Walk along Montague Street and take in the Brooklyn Heights shops.  Walk around this lovely brownstone neighborhood and grab a coffee and sit on the promenade for a bit, drinking in the view of the East River, South Street Seaport across and the Brooklyn Bridge at my right.  Then two choices:  one would be a concert at Bargemusic--top chamber music players from Lincoln Center playing in a refitted barge _on_ the water-- in winter there's a fire in the fireplace; and there's often a gentle sway as the water taxis go by.  Sunset over South St. Seaport (behind the stage, seen through the floor to ceiling windows) is not to be believed...  The other choice, on an earlier day would be to make my way to Cadman Plaza, to Adams and Tillary St. where the footpath to the Brooklyn Bridge starts.  DO THIS!!!  A walk over the Brooklyn Bridge is the urban equivalent of climbing a mountain.  Traffic noises drop away as the path rises above the level of the cars... the patterns made by the bridge cables in the sun are lovely, the view of Manhattan, of NY Bay, of the Statue of Liberty, of the East River with its necklace of bridges going north from the Brooklyn... dreamy, very dreamy.  From here you can walk north and have dinner in Chinatown, or if early on a weekend, you can sample dim sum in Chinatown--lots of fun!

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April 05, 2006 change by altobarb (2 points)

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