|View of Manhattan and the Empire State Building from the water, 2008|
|View of Manhattan from our bedroom window, 2012|
|Mainstreet Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada|
photo from http://www.rockymtnhouse.com/
|Statue of Liberty on our right, downtown New York on our left, 2008|
|Brooklyn Bridge, 2008|
|United Nations building behind our standing rigging 2008|
Our gracious and generous hosts on the New York land trip were Jason and Gail, fellow sailors we met through Antares Yachts. They live in a gorgeous apartment on the Upper East side and opened their home to us for five glorious days. They served as tour advisors and historians as we walked, rode the subway, and peddled a bicycle around various sites. We were only six blocks from Central Park and came to know it well as the dream of architects Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvin Vaux in the mid 1800's. Although fraught with controversy (1600 low income residents were evicted; apparently more gunpowder was used to clear the land than was used at Gettysburg) I'd like to think Olmstead and Vaux would be happy with the park today as it seemed to be the vision they had fought hard for. Traversing pathways, stone bridges and tunnels, ponds, lakes, forests, monuments, a zoo, and performance areas seem to attract all walks of human and non-human life.
New York is an on-foot city and we spent most of our time outside, walking the Brooklyn Bridge, Wall Street, Soho and Greenwich Village, Times Square, Rockefeller Square, Grand Central Station, and the streets around the World Trade Center site. I loved being able to text my sister with "Just walked from Park Avenue to Fifth Avenue". It is also an eating-city and we cut a wide swath through delis, cafes, and bistros. Jason and Gail's apartment was surrounded by superb eateries and it was a good thing we were walking it off. Thanks to Jason, hot dogs at a Mets baseball game was the icing on the cake.
|Cycling Randall Island|
|Jason, Gail, and Craig|
|A favourite bakery/deli, Hot and Crusty|