August 16, 2017
3 days ago
|Times Square is probably the most visited tourist attraction in the whole world! It's funny too, it's not like there's much to do there, but there are the lights, people to watch, lots of hotels, lots of food and just a giant intersection with people milling around taking pictures and enjoying the atmosphere of being right around the theater district and all of the sounds of life in the big city. The New Years dropping of the ball doesn't hurt either ;)|
|Well, when I said there's not much to do in Times Square, I guess I was talking out of my butt! As you can see in the picture above, there's plenty of action there! I really enjoyed taking this photo of Pae and the Naked Cowboy in Times Square! It was one of the first nights that we were in NYC and I had seen this guy or one of them (I think there are several Naked Cowboys) in the past. I convinced her to go give the guy a one dollar bill...and he just orchestrated things from there, hahaha!! Classic photo of Pae!|
|I had seen the Flatiron Building in photos of NYC and I'm sure I've walked past it when I was in NYC, but the opposite direction and never actually stood and looked at it. It fits perfectly in a little intersection of two streets that run into each other at a very acute angle. I believe it's at the intersection of Broadway and 5th.|
|We actually had a great view of the Empire State Building from our hotel room. This is a photo taken from street level somewhere near the big Macy's and Korean Way. Eventually, we would make our way to the top of the Empire State Building for a day and night view of the city. Beautiful and they predictably were selling King Kong plush dolls in the gift shop there ;)|
|One World Trade Center building continues to rise from the literal ashes of the twin towers. This is a beautiful building architecturally. The mirrored glass reflects the sky beautifully. The size and angles give a feeling of strength.|
|Rockefeller Center is actually many buildings, but this is one of the main ones and looks beautiful. I remember when I used to work in NYC with Deloitte, I would come over here just to eat my lunch...for atmosphere.|
|The Prometheus statue (sculpture) in the lower plaza of the Rockefeller Center. There is usually an ice skating rink here but this visit there was an outdoors cafe.|
|The Washington Square Arch in Washington Square honoring our first president; George Washington.|
|I can't really say what this building down near the Financial District is. I think it's a government building on Chambers Street right behind City Hall. It looked cool so we snapped a few pix.|
|And what's a trip to a city without taking advantage of their mass transit system? We bought a week pass to get around the city on the subway. It was pretty easy and I only got confused once...or twice...Pae had more experience on the subway than me and had to point me in the right direction a couple times ;)|
Meeting new people with a common interest (running) is one reason I enjoy attending Bangkok Runners events. Today I met Greg Wilson who was introduced to us as the 2012 US Champion for 10K in his age group (60-64). As we were talking, we found out that we are both former Marines who live(d) and served in Hawaii! Another Brother (Bruddah).
"What will NY152 say today, I wonder. I turn on my computer. I wait impatiently as it connects. I go online, and my breath catches in my chest until I hear three little words: You've got mail. I hear nothing. Not even a sound on the streets of New York, just the beating of my own heart. I have mail. From you."