Tuesday, July 22, 2008

These little town blues are melting away...

Saturday morning, we headed out early to go to the top of the Empire State building. I cannot stress enough the importance of buying your tickets online and printing them at home. The security line moves fast, but if you have to wait in the ticket line, you will be there all day. Then you wait for an elevator to the 80th floor and another elevator to the 86th. You can just dart up there like at the end of Sleepless in Seattle. They never tell you that in the movies.

After the Empire State Building, we took a taxi all the way down to Battery Park to go see the Statue of Liberty. Again, buy tickets online, we did not. When we got there the line was 1 1/2 hours long for the boat over to the statue AND they had given out all the passes that let you go up the statue. So, we bought tickets for the harbour tour (no waiting) and cruised past Ellis Island and the Statue. We also got to see the waterfalls, which is a public art installation up for the summer.

From there, we went to Chelsea Market, then started the Project Runway tour of Manhattan. We went to Mood Fabrics, passed by the Atlas Apartments and spent some time in Bryant Park, watching the carousel. Then, back to the hotel for a much needed shower.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art stays open late on Saturday, so we did that last. For dinner, we tried a barbecue place called Virgil's that was a couple of doors down from our hotel. We'd been smelling it everytime we went outside and just couldn't resist it anymore. I had pulled pork and Jim had ribs. We had mac n' cheese, barbecued beans, coleslaw and potato salad for the sides and the entrees came with chive corn muffins. We also had warm chocolate chess pie a la mode for dessert. We got there about 9:20 p.m., waited 15 or 20 minutes for a table and rolled back out at 10:45ish. The place was still packed.

More pictures are available here.

1 comment:

Higgins said...

Great pix! They find dead bodies under that bridge all the time...