Friday, March 4, 2016

A Quick Trip To New York City

Have you ever been to the big city of New York?  We did make a trip there many years ago when our children were teenagers.  At that time we were fortunate enough to see many of the more well know sights of New York City such as the Statue of Liberty, the United Nations Headquarters, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Chinatown, and more. 

Our daughter and grandson recently had business to take care of in New York and she was sweet enough to ask us to come along.  Fortunately, we were free and could make the trip with them.  

I seriously thought about taking my "good" camera along on this trip in hopes of trying to get some  pretty photos while we were in "the big city."  The weather forecast changed my mind in favor of the point-and-shoot and the iPad instead.

Walking along the streets close to Times Square it was delightful to see this lovely flower market right out on the street.  It was freezing cold, but the flowers looked like they were surviving nicely.

We had reservations at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in the heart of Times Square.  Our room was on the 44th floor. One of the first things I did after arriving in the room was to take a photo of the street below in the heart of Times Square.  As you can see there were lots of taxis way down on the street.

The below photo was taken on the main street in Times Square.  We were told this is the very spot where the New Years Eve ball drop occurs which is located on a flagpole at the top of the building you see in the distance.

According to Mr. Google the Times Square area is known as "the world's heart and it's crossroads."
And,  it is known as "the world's busiest pedestrian intersection."  That sure must be true because I have never seen so many folks in one place in my life and it was not even a holiday.

One of the places our daughter wanted to visit was the restaurant called "Carmines."
We enjoyed a wonderful family-style Italian dinner there at Carmines.

Another view from outside the hotel window.

After our daughter and grandson finished their appointments for the day 
everyone decided to go see the Broadway production of "Wicked."

It was absolutely freezing outside and we were delighted when we returned back to the hotel. 

I tried to get good photos inside of the hotel, but the lobby was so huge and the elevators so fast,  it was hard to get a really good picture.  The elevators looked like miniature space ships and were so much fun to ride on all the way up to the 44th floor.

I looked online and found this really good video of some folks riding on the elevators and taking a video at the same time ... You can get a very good idea of what it was like to ride on the elevators.  If you would like to see the video you can click on the link below:

These are not the best photos, but if you watch that video above you can see 
just how amazing these elevators are.

This photo gives you an idea of how large the lobby of the hotel really is ... to give a good perspective you can see the guests sitting in the bottom right part of this photo.

We all made reservations to have dinner at "The View" 
which is a revolving rooftop restaurant at the Marriott Marquis .

It was a real treat to sit at our table in the restaurant and watch the city sights.

New York City is the most densely populated major city in the United States and has been the largest city in the US since the year 1790.  There are as many as 800 different languages spoken in New York.  And another interesting fact is that New York City hosts 56 million tourists a year.

As we all enjoyed a very delicious dinner in the revolving restaurant,  the sun began to go down,  and the city looked so pretty as the lights began to come on down below.

I could not resist getting photos of the delicious desserts seen on a close by buffet.

In the below photo you can get an idea of the dense traffic in the city.

As we walked out on the south side entrance of the Marriott Marquis this is a view we would see.  If you look closely you can see the "Juniors" restaurant which is directly across the street from the hotel.

It was freezing cold, but it was still fun to walk across the street for a nice lunch at this delightful restaurant.  If you are ever in the Times Square area you would really like this casual and relatively inexpensive restaurant.  

Yum ... I ordered one of my favorites, a tuna sandwich,  as you can see in the below photo.  The hostess also brought delicious cole slaw and a side order of beets which were complimentary.

The restaurant is known for their "Cheesecake" and I did order some, 
but it was so good,  I totally forgot to snap a photo.

Can you believe I actually found the recipe for "Junior's Cheesecake" 
on the internet,  and if you would like to have this recipe you can click on the link below.

We were in New York City for just a short period of time, but it was still lots of fun and very exciting being in the hustle and bustle of the "big city."  

Wishing you a happy last little bit of Wintertime and many blessing wherever you may be.

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