What do you MEAN they're closed!!!
Trip Start Jan 01, 2009
143Trip End Dec 31, 2009
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So Sunday night, I took my first train in the USA ever from Saratoga to NYC Penn station. The train wasn't "bad", but it definitely wasn't all that great. And I even got the Business Class seat so I could have a table to myself to finish working on the design for a new project at work. The price wasn't that bad though, $77 for a one-way. That's less than the gas and tolls to get to the city, and one day of parking in Manhattan. The biggest problem was the schedule reliability. We left Saratoga 5 minutes late and we arrived in NYC 30min after our scheduled arrival. And we didn't even have it that bad. While I was in the station in Saratoga, the voice came over the speakers telling the Northbound passengers that their train was delayed by 1.5 hours
The hotel here is nice. I'm in the Hampton Inn right close to Penn Station, and about 16 blocks straight down the Avenue of the Americas from the Brazilian Consulate. The price isn't bad either, considering it's the middle of Manhattan. $200/night gets me a king-size bed with a view of the backside of an apartment building. The room is nice but it's half the size of the room I had at the Diplomat Motel in Elkhart on the ride out to Sturgis (Which cost $38/nt total). Location, location, location.
Now on to today... I got up bright and early to put a few more finishing touches on a design for a project at work... Made my way over to the Brazilian Consulate an hour before they open to non-Brazilians to get in line early (key for any dealings with anything to do with Brazil)..
So since I got a free day in NYC, I decided to make the most of it. I went all the way up to the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building (been saying Eiffel Tower all day though). I actually liked the 86th floor better though because you can actually go outside. It was a beautiful day for it though. Visibility was 10 miles. I think the pictures speak for themselves.
Then I made my way down to the financial district. Stopped and saw Ground Zero at the WTC. It's sobering to think that so much can be lost so quickly
Then I decided I wanted to go out to Coney Island. I'd heard about it for years and wanted to see what it looks like in person. And it's really nothing to get too excited about. They do have a good looking beach. But the boardwalk isn't very well maintained and there are few shops and places to eat along the boardwalk. I didn't even bother going inside the little carnival area with rides. It was fun watching the fishers cast their nets into the water from the pier though.
And tonite I'm heading to dinner with Pete, a friend from college who's living in Manhattan and working for LimeWire now. Apparently the hotel here is in "Little Korea". And Korean sounds tasty for dinner to me so we'll find someplace around here.