The Big Apple

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This is the iconic “big apple” made out of Legos.  There is a Lego store across from Rockefeller Center.  They have many famous buildings and landmarks made out of Legos.  It is a really fun store to browse and spend some time.

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Last week I spent the week in the New York Time Square area with my Aunt Nancy and my sister Pennie.  Nancy is working for FEMA in New York City to help with the recent disaster, Sandy that devastated the eastern coastline.  Nancy’s job consists of organizing and coordinating the disaster victims need for help so they can resume their lives as they were before the storm struck the area.

Nancy invited Pennie and me to come and visit her.  Nancy leaves for work at about 6:20am and returns back to the hotel at 6:00pm.  The FEMA workers only get off one day a week and they must leave their families for a couple of  months and sometimes they are deployed as long as a year.  It is quite a sacrifice of their time and they should be commended for their dedication.

This is the view from our hotel room.  The room had a few minor issues that needed to be repaired so we changed rooms the first night we were there.  We were on the 24th floor.

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This is a wider angle of the view from our hotel window.

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After we changed rooms we had a this beautiful view of the Empire State Building. We got to the hotel around 4:30pm and by the time we moved everything to our new room on the same floor it was dark.  We loved looking out at this magnificent building.

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When we woke up the next morning and looked out the window, it looked like a miniature cityscape of tiny taxi cabs and city buses busily traveling in and out of traffic lanes. You can hear traffic 24 hours a day.  The city is sometimes known as “The City That Never Sleeps!”

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Many of the buildings had water towers.  I love the architecture of the buildings.  There are very old buildings and as well as sleek modern skyscrapers.

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This is the new building known as One, at the World Trade Center site.  It is a sleek building that is nearing completion.

I believe that there will be 7 buildings in total when the memorial is completed.  The reflection pond which was built as a memorial for all of those individuals who lost there lives during the 9/11 attack is already completed.

The fountain has every name of those who died as a result of our nation’s worst tragedy engraved on the outside edge of the reflection pond.

We didn’t have time to explore the World Trade Center site but I hope to return to New York again and spend more time at this sacred site.

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Here is the New York skyline as we journey on a water taxi to view Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

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I really wanted to go to the Today Show while we were in New York.

We were too late to see the show so we went across the street to the NBC Experience Building and I had my picture taken with one of the stars.

I guess this is as close as I am going to get to Matt Lauer of the Today Show as I stand by a bigger than life cut out of him. LOL!

When we were in New York most of the staff of the Today Show was in California for the Golden Globe Awards.

We didn’t see any celebrities while we were visiting the city.

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At Times Square there was so much going on.  People were everywhere and the crowds were huge.

There is a large police presence throughout the entire city.

We saw many police standing on each corner, mounted police, police on bicycles, police directing traffic and many police cars.

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Pennie is standing in the Rockefeller Center Plaza.

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The skating rink was full of skaters enjoying the chill of winter as the many flags from countries around the world blew in the wind.

The Rockefeller Christmas tree had just been taken down a few days before we arrived.

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We took a bus tour of the city and one of the features included in the trip was boarding a water taxi that ventured around Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

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It was a brisk, chilly day of about 40 degrees and it was very windy but we really enjoyed learning more about the city.

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Ellis Island and the area surrounding the Statue of Liberty was damaged during the Sandy Storm.

As a result tourists can not go on the island or tour the Statue at this time.

There is no estimated time of the repairs to this National Landmark.

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The last evening that we were in New York the Empire State Building shone with vivid red lighting. It was a beautiful sight.  We were told that during Christmas that the building had red, white and green lights that glowed brightly for the holiday festivities.

Nancy had to work everyday except for Sunday.  Pennie and I explored the city on our and had a marvelous time.We walked and walked and walked.  Everyday we walked more than 10,000 steps and we really got a close up view of the city and its culture.

We would like to thank Nancy for inviting us to visit and we hope next time she might have more time off so we can enjoy her company.

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