Four days in the Big Apple! – Part One

This past weekend, my wife and I took a trip to New York City with our two sons. We had a great time, although I’m glad to be back to rest up. I could write a 3000-word post about the excursion, but I’ll keep it brief.

The trip came about because our oldest son, a Washington Redskins fan, thought it would be a good idea if he and his brother, a New York Giants fan, traveled to NYC together and attended a game when the “Skins” came to town. Neither one had ever seen their team play in-person before. When my wife heard about it, she suggested we make it a family affair, so that’s how this thing was hatched. Our youngest son is in the Air Force and stationed down in Texas, so he put in for a leave in advance to come up for the game.

Our oldest really enjoys visiting the Big Apple. This was his fifth trip there in five years or something close to that. The last time I was in New York City was in 1971 on a high school trip, so it was nice to have someone along who is somewhat knowledgeable about the place helping us to navigate the trains, taxis, and hustle and bustle of a major metropolis. We left Rochester around 9:30 AM on Friday and parked the car in Jersey City, New Jersey around 4 PM and took the subway into New York. A taxi brought us to our Airbnb apartment (at 2nd Avenue and 50th Street) and we started out into the city immediately afterwards. Below is our itinerary as best as I can remember it:

Friday PM – Lower Manhattan Sites

  • World Trade Center Monument
  • Battery Park – We saw the Statue of Liberty from a distance.
  • Fraunces Tavern – This is where Washington said goodbye to his generals at the end of the American Revolutionary War. Only a history nerd like myself would enjoy seeing this.
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Chinatown
  • Little Italy
  • Washington Square
  • Bleecker Street – Had a couple of slices at John’s Pizza, the best pizza in Manhattan. No, we didn’t get a chance to visit the Bitter End club where Dylan, McGuinn, and Crosby all started out.

Saturday – Fifth Avenue/Central Manhattan Sites (We didn’t let the rain and wind, and stop us)

  • Grand Central Station
  • Empire State Building
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Trump Tower – We spent a lot of time there, drying off, eating lunch, and visiting three shops selling Trump paraphernalia. If you knew my wife, you would be amazed that we visited Trump Tower at all.
  • Tiffany’s – I bought my bride a bracelet as a reminder of the occasion.
  • Central Park
  • The Dakota Apartments – Former-Beatle, John Lennon, was killed at the main entrance.
  • Madison Square Garden – Our youngest son and myself are New York Knicks fans.
  • Times Square


  • We boarded the train at 10:30 AM to East Rutherford, New Jersey to see the Giants and Redskins play at the Meadowlands. Although the temperature was 52 F., it felt like 32 F. with a brisk wind blowing. Not a lot of excitement in this game. The Skins prevailed at the end, 20-13. This event took up the entire day. We took the train back to Manhattan, had dinner, and crashed.


  • We took the train back to New Jersey and retrieved our car about 10 AM. But before heading back to Rochester, we stopped at nearby Hoboken and checked out a few of the filming location sites from the classic movie, “On the Waterfront” (1954), directed by Elia Kazan. Pier C and the surrounding buildings featured in the movie were demolished long ago, but we took some photos of Willow Park and Stevens Park where a few important scenes were filmed.

I’ll have more to say about my impressions of New York City in a subsequent post.

20 thoughts on “Four days in the Big Apple! – Part One

    1. Many taxi cab rides and much walking!!! I was always bringing up the rear at 20 paces behind. I told my enthusiastic son/tour guide beforehand that I was 62 not 42 like him and to keep that in mind, but in his enthusiasm to show us all the things listed on his clipboard, that was dispensed with.

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  1. Wow, thanks for visiting our city! Too bad you missed Times Square Church (51st & Broadway) esp since you were so close! There’s the Armenia! exhibit at the Met and…a bit further NE…the Red Sox victory parade! 🎉 Best wishes on all your travels.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa Beth! We had a great time but our son was going at a frantic pace. Wore me down. I forgot about Times Square Church. Former blogger Hope used to post the sermon videos once in awhile. I did see a big Armenian church on 2nd Ave. and thought of you. Congrats on the Sox! All my teams are terrible.

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  2. Wow you guys squeezed in a lot in NYC! I want to visit NYC one of these days. One of the guys I served with in the Marines went to Iraq together and I split a 20 dollars bill in half so that one day we can reunite and tape it together and get a drink (for him) and food (for me). But this is so cool with your trip to NYC!

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      1. Exactly my point, Tom! I am just not so much a fan of most chain places, but seems that is all there really is. I would be in food heaven. I went to Chicago once, and it was that way. I drove around for an hour looking for a place to eat, because there were so many choices. And that was out on a suburb, not even in the real city. Not that I want to move to the the city for all that, though.

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    1. Thanks, Crissy! Yup, we had a lot of fun, although it was a big change for us because we live in a small city. That was definitely some of the best pizza I ever tasted.

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  3. My goodness you packed a lot into one visit! I’ve only been once, it reminds me of a giant theme park. We went and saw the church George Washington went to during his presidency. His pew is still there. It’s one of the few buildings near the trade center that wasn’t destroyed. So much history for one city!

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    1. Thanks, sister! Yes, we packed in quite a bit thanks to our tour guide oldest son. Yes, so much history to see there. Our son pointed out Trinity Church that you refer to when we walked by it. We also were able to talk about the Lord with our sons several times so that was a blessing.

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