Another bite of the Big Apple

Our driving tour of New York took us to many places, some of which I don’t remember so I’ll probably miss mentioning a neighborhood or two. One of the things we were joking about just before leaving is that we seemed to have taken a television tour, exploring Archie Bunker’s area (All In the Family), the East side where The Jeffersons moved on up, the Village where Friends used to live and meet in some generic Village neighborhood way, the Park Avenue that Eva Garbor longed for in Green Acres, and many others.

Getting around was not all that easy because we kept encountering street fairs where they’d close down the street for a few blocks so the neighborhood could party. And New York City is very congested as far as traffic goes. I admire R’s patience in driving us around like he did.

One of the first areas we drove past was Ground Zero. R offered to let us out so we could look around, but M and I both declined on the grounds that we’d end up crying. Just driving by was enough.

(Ground Zero. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

(Ground Zero. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

There is a building off to the right in that last photo that has scaffolding on it. (You’ll probably have to do a right click “view image” to see it.) They’re still finding bone fragments embedded in the building.

I’m sorry I never got to see the World Trade Center buildings. They must have been one heck of a sight.

(Note: Excuse the poor quality of some of these photos. I had to take them as the car was moving, most of the time through the closed, and tinted, window.)

(Brooklyn Bridge from the city. Photo by Robin. 2007)

We went over the Brooklyn Bridge, to Brooklyn where there is a great view of the City from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade that’s located along the East River.

(Brooklyn Bridge and part of the city skyline from Brooklyn. Photo by Robin. 2007)

(New York City. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

(New York City. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

Brooklyn Heights is a nice little area with shops and cafes. We decided to grab something to drink at one of the cafes. That turned into ordering appetizers to go with our iced teas and lemonades and put an end to the idea of going to Coney Island for their famous hot dogs. I’m sure the hummus and veggies we ate were healthier for us.

(Brooklyn Heights. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

(Brooklyn Heights. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

(Brooklyn Heights. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

I can’t remember exactly where we went from Brooklyn Heights, but we eventually ended up back at R’s neighborhood where he miraculously found a great parking space near his apartment building. After parking the car, we set out on foot to explore a little.

More to come…

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