We arrived in NYC around 2:30 this afternoon. I have to admit that as a Chicagoan, I have always thought that Chicago’s skyline is incredible, and it is. But, as we approached the Lincoln Tunnel (on the New Jersey side) the skyline of NYC appeared in the distance. It was quite a magnificent sight. I think it was the size of the skyline that shocked us. It seemed to stretch across the entire windshield of our car, with the Empire State Building punctuating the power of this city. Then the realization that the WTC towers were gone hit us.
We are staying at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. To me, Times Square resembles a cross between the Las Vegas strip and the center of Tokyo. The chaos, the frenzied people, the signs, and the lights are amazing.
Our first stop was the giant Toys R Us store. Gillian especially liked this store, and she tried her hardest to get me to buy her a kid-version of a mo-ped. Well, that’s not happening. As we walked toward the ABC studios building, Marni, in her typically understated way, softly said, “I could live here…”
We arrived in NYC sooner than we expected which provided us with some extra time to walk around. After a tiring two days of travel and walking around, we were pooped. The day has ended with Sally, Marni, and Gillian watching The Bachelorette (what else is new?) and with me on the computer (what else is new?).
Tomorrow’s activities will hinge on the weather. We are hoping to see Ground Zero, Ellis Island, The Statue of Liberty, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum if it does not rain.