I am posting the pictures I took yesterday from our 2018 NYC Bus Trip. It was a long day. We left this area around 7:00 am and arrived in Manhattan at approximately 10:30 am with a small 20 minute stop in between. A couple of things to point out.

  1. It was lightly raining most of the day. The rain was misting most of the time so it was just enough to keep my rain jacket wet.
  2. The temperature hovered around 48 for most of the day. Towards the end of the trip, temperatures climbed up to 50.
  3. The wind was pretty bad near the piers where the U.S.S. Intrepid was docked. This was probably the worst of it. As you moved around the city, the buildings protected us from most of the nasty wind.
  4. As far as the subway is concerned, the E-Train rocks! This train will get you from uptown to downtown for almost anything you want to do. The last time I was in NYC, the Metro card was $5.00 in 2010. Today, that same exact card is $10.00.
NYC Metro Card 2018
  1. Although I didn’t get  picture, these two guys were transporting a long piece of finished wood via the subway. An older lady boarded the train with her family and immediately grabbed the middle of the board and said “you two look like you could use some help.” It made everyone smile and just seemed like a great moment.
  2. I’ve never felt the power of NYC and it’s people like I have on this trip. It felt good to be a part of the world community and at some points I felt completely comfortable in the fact that these people had our backs. People smiling at each other, at complete strangers for no reason other than to acknowledge each other’s existence.
  3. Most people that we overheard on our travels spoke in a language other than English.

We got to visit two main attractions while in the city, The U.S.S. Intrepid aircraft carrier from the World War II era and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. The 3rd stop would have been Liberty Island but we simply didn’t have enough time to do all three; maybe next visit?

9/11 Memorial and Museum Ticket

Lessons learned:

  1. Do not try to just walk in to the Hard Rock Cafe at 5:00 pm on a Saturday and expect to get seated in a hurry. Plan on at least a 40 minute wait.
  2. Gotham Pizza rocks! It is a very small pizza shop (9th Ave. & W 19th St). I remember the pizza shop being closer to 8th avenue and 50th street but Google says otherwise.
  3. Try not to go to NYC when it is raining unless getting poked in your eyeballs by umbrella’s constantly is something you enjoy.
  4. Times Square on a Saturday night is a great example of “let’s see how many people we can fit into a small area.” You could barely move without touching someone else.

Even with the crappy weather this trip was wonderful. Hopefully, I’ll get the chance to do it again.

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