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Friday, February 18, 2011

The City in Winter

Ice Skating in Central Park

We recently had a great trip to the Big Apple, New York City. The views from the Helmsley Park Lane of Central Park were magnificent. This trip we took the Upper Loop Double Decker Bus Tour. Last time we took the Lower Loop and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. We learned a lot of interesting things about Manhattan.

Manhattan was named 'Manna Hatta' by the Lenape Indians meaning, Island of hills. It is made up of 5 boroughs, Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, Brooklyn, & Manhattan. Central Park opened in 1858. The Subway opened in 1904 and made way for the development of northern Manhattan.

the Helmsely Park Lane overlooking Central Park

Manhattan is loosely divided into Downtown, Midtown, Uptown with Fifth Ave dividing east and west. Manhattan is 12 ½ miles by 2 ½ miles.

Delicious lunch at the Helmsley

Neighborhood’s include the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Little Italy, Harlem, Alphabet City, TriBeCa(Triangle below Canal St), SoHo (South of Houston) NoLita (North of Little Italy, NoMad(North of Madison Square Park), Hell’s Kitchen or Clinton, Greenwich Village, Lower East Side, East Village, Chelsea, Outer Chelsea, Washington Heights, Chinatown, SoCo (South of Columbus)NoHO (North of Howston).

Columbus Circle

Central Park

Lincoln Center

Time Warner Center

The Dakota Hotel - where John Lennon was shot. Yoko Ono still lives there.

Cathedral of St John the Divine

The Apollo Theater


Film Crew for The Good Wife

The Good Wife set
You can see what is being filmed on the posted sign on the meter.

El Dorado 300 Central Park West 90th & 91st.

Upper East Side 1136 5th Ave. Where Jessica Ryan from The Entertaining House grew up

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Time Square
In Manhattan, uptown means north and downtown means south. Manhattan has two central business districts, the Financial District at the southern tip and Midtown. Uptown also refers to the northern part of Manhattan above 59th St. Downtown below 14th and Midtown in between.
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  1. Oh Hahahahah!!!! was totally enjoying the city tour!!! I never imagined you would bring me back home. Thanks!!! XOXO

  2. That was a fabulous, fabulous trip!! Your pictures are wonderful...and will keep your memories of it perfectly!

  3. I'm so happy to have found your blog!! I loved the gorgeous pictures of New York. Wow!!!

  4. Thank you for sharing your photos, they are amazing, it is great seeing other places in the world, it looks amazing, sitting in the melting heat today skating in the park sounds like an amazing thing to do.

  5. Nice to hear from you...New York is such a fun place to be.

  6. Great pictures from the city...You were all over the place weren't you...The view from your hotel room was amazing...I will remember that hotel next time we stay in the city...

  7. thanks was a great place. we were upgraded to the 36th floor...i loved the views of central park!