Friday, March 28, 2008
Day 2 in NYC
Wow we did a lot today. We woke up, got ready, ate at a little cafe' down the street, and headed off to our Gray Line Sightseeing Tour. It was pretty nifty- they would pick us up at the designated site and take us all around NYC, you get dropped off in certain places and the buses come around every 20-30 min so you can catch a ride again. Our first stop was The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. We were thoroughly shocked at how long of a line was waiting for us when we got there to go onto the ferry to go to Liberty Island- it was about an hour and a half wait- but I guess that isn't any longer than a ride at Disneyland right?! The Statue was exactly how it looks in pictures and stuff- very cool and I'm glad we went, but definitely not that exciting. To be honest, we didn't get off the ferry like all the rest of the people to go onto the Island- we figured that we saw it and that was good enough. Ellis Island was a different story- we got off and looked around the building. It was crazy all the stories and how different it was back then with immigration. It's kind of sad to see how all the people would come all the way to this country and get turned away because they had a cold or something.
We hoped on the bus and went to Chinatown- what a treat. Not really. ha ha. It was kinda scary. I didn't feel like I was in New York City at all- it was a lot dirtier, everything was in Chinese, and the stores were all icky. We went into a fabric shop, and turned around and came out. We got back on the bus, came back to the hotel to freshen up a bit, and went to a really good little Pizza Place- is was really tasty! Then we went back and got a ride on the Night Bus- it was really cool to see the city all lit up! Our tour went to Brooklyn so we went over the Brooklyn Bridge and got to see the City from afar which meant we got to see the whole skyline- it looks so awesome! We saw the Empire state building, ground zero (it's all construction so you can't really see anything), the first Macy's store, the fountain from Friends, and much much more. The tour guide was telling us that on top of some of the buildings they sell their "air space" which means the space on top of their building and people like build houses on top of them- I have a picture of one but we still haven't been able to get the pictures up. We will definitely post them when we get home though! Anyway I'm EXHAUSTED so I'm going to go to bed- tomorrow is our Broadway Shows so stay tuned!