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May 12, 2008: New York, New York (Day 3)

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There isn’t too much to say about this day! After two days of clear weather, we were bound to have a rainy day, and this was it. Many museums were closed Mondays, but one of our favorites, the American Museum of Natural History, was open. We’ve been there countless times before, but we didn’t mind going again. Evidently, everyone else in New York had the same idea, because it was very crowded! We waited to enter by the lower level subway entrance but they called out that it would be faster to head to the main entrance instead. So a bunch of people did that…I figured, why do that because everyone else is, so we’ll have just as long of a wait, but Amber suggested we do it.  I don’t know that it was any faster, the lines were longer, but there were more ticket windows, so whatever…

We did the usual rounds (links open to the corresponding page at the museum’s website):

  • North American Mammals
  • Small Mammals
  • Hall of New York State Environment – not as many people seem to visit this exhibit, but it’s very cool. It shows “the development of New York’s natural landscape over time,” its “geological history,” and also features exhibits on New York State agriculture and ecology, including “the water cycle, the relationship of plants to geology, the cycle of nutrition and decay, photosynthesis and respiration, life in a pond as a closed system, and changes to the environment through the seasons.” There’s also a large “slice” of a Great Sequoia tree, cut down in 1891. When I was little, I always worried that this slice was going to fall over and crush me! LOL
  • African Mammals
  • Hall of Ocean Life
  • North American Birds

Since it was raining and chilly, we didn’t feel like venturing out to get something to eat, so we ate there. The Museum offers a variety of dining choices – not too bad, really. The food wasn’t bad, though slightly overpriced, as expected.

Alot has changed over the years, of course, but alot has remained the same. I’ll add photos soon!

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May 11, 2008: New York, New York (Day 2)

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On day 2, we went up to Central Park. We went to Turtle Pond and Belvedere Castle (among others). Afterward, we exited to Central Park West, by the Museum of Natural History. We took the C from 81st to Columbus Circle, where we transferred to the D to Coney Island. We ate at Nathan’s, but it was fairly chilly, so we ate quickly!

Nathan's Famous - Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY

We hopped back onto the D and took it to 20th Ave & 86th Street in Bensonhurst. We were originally going to walk around their Italian neighborhood and have a slice of pizza at Lenny’s, but having just ate at Nathan’s, we weren’t hungry. So next time…

86th St. & Bay 23rd St. Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Lenny's Pizza - Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Though the movie is set in Bay Ridge, as I said, this street is actually in Bensonhurst. It is featured in the film’s opening scene where Tony Manero, played by John Travolta, walked with the iconic paint can. To the right is Lenny’s Pizza, where Tony bought two slices of pizza and ate them double-decker style.

We next ventured to Bay Ridge, where many additional scenes in the film were shot. All my photos and screen captures for Saturday Night Fever are located here: Saturday Night Fever – Filming Locations

After Bay Ridge, we took the R, transferred to the F to Carroll Street. We walked up to Sackett and Henry Streets in Carroll Gardens to another filming location: the Cammareri Bakery from Moonstruck.

Sackett & Henry Streets, Brooklyn, NY

Moonstruck - Sackett & Henry Streets, Brooklyn, NY

At one time, this location was the site of the Cammareri Bros. Bakery (as it was in the film), but they closed and the location is now occupied by Naidre’s. In 2006, Cammareri paired with Monteleone to form F. Monteleone & Cammareri Brothers. That bakery is located on Court Street, between Union & President Streets. We stopped there and we each had some gelato and cupcakes.

We then walked up to Brooklyn Heights to the location which served as the Castorini residence on Cranberry Street:
East on Cranberry Street, Brooklyn, NY

For more Moonstruck filming locations, click here to visit my Flickr site: Moonstruck – Filming Locations

Along the way, we went past the Hotel St. George, where my parents stayed after they got married. My father was in the Navy and stationed at the nearby Brooklyn Navy Yard, so they stayed at the Hotel St. George until they got an apartment on N. Elliott Place.
Hotel St. George (closed) - Clark & Henry Streets, Brooklyn, NY

Next it was over to Junior’s for some cheesecake (chocolate mousse cheesecake of course!)!
Junior's Restaurant - Brooklyn, NY

Junior's Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake - Brooklyn, NY

We then went back to our hotel and called it a night.

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May 10, 2008: New York, New York (Day 1)

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This one’s not a road trip – we were making this just a 3-day weekend so Amber and I flew to NYC.

We had an early morning flight from Indianapolis, and arrived at the airport around 6. As we were walking to our gate, I caught sight of the sun rising over downtown Indianapolis.

Indianapolis at Sunrise from the airport

After arriving at LaGuardia, we took the M60 bus from LaGuardia to 125th Street / Lexington and connected with the 5 line subway down to the Fulton – Nassau – Broadway station and walked to our hotel, the Thompson Gild Hall. It is located on Platt Street between William and Gold Streets (its listed address is Gold Street, but the entrance is actually on Platt Street). We got a great deal on Priceline and we liked it alot – it was a nice boutique hotel, very roomy and upscale. They were very accommodating and we checked in early, which was nice. We didn’t have to deal with leaving our bags and checking in later.

Brooklyn Bridge – City Hall Park

We walked up to City Hall Park and got the 6 train to Spring Street for a visit to Little Italy.

Little Italy / Chinatown

From the Spring Street station, we walked east on Spring to Little Italy / Chinatown.

Click here for my photos of Little Italy & Chinatown (this map will take you to my Little Italy photos from this trip, as well as July 2007).

We then took the 6 to Grand Central Terminal, where Amber wanted to see the Whispering Wall, located by the Oyster Bar Restaurant. Evidently, there is an area where the arched design of the walls of a corridor enables two people, standing at opposite corners and facing the wall (like you’re being punished!), to talk to each other and be heard! I was skeptical, but it really works. We weren’t the only ones testing it out! Grand Central Terminal Photos

To Times Square

We then walked over to Times Square and headed north a little and had a slice of pizza at Ray’s Pizza. The joke in NY is the abundance of Ray’s Pizzas and the variation of names: Ray’s Pizza, Original Ray’s, Famous Ray’s, Famous Original Ray’s, etc. A slice by any name is good…  Midtown Manhattan Photos

We headed over to Lexington to catch the subway to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Being in art school, Amber wanted to visit and we didn’t have enough time on our last trip. So, we made sure to visit this time. They have a huge collection, of course, and we saw a fraction of what they have, but it was still good. We saw the Jeff Koons on the Roof Exhibit, which was very interesting and the views from the roof were beautiful, as it was just before sunset (but not quite!).

We headed back to the hotel and called it a night. Photos – Metropolitan Museum of Art and Upper East Side

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March 2005: New York, New York

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Back again visiting family in Connecticut for Amber’s spring break…and of course, another visit to New York!  Yet again, the weather is cold and dreary (not a surprise…). But we still managed to have a good time in New York – always!!

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December 2001: New York, New York

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Being originally from Connecticut, trips to NYC were something I did frequently since childhood. After I moved to Illinois last year, I knew I would not get back to NYC very much. When I visited my family in Connecticut this first Christmas after moving to the midwest, I knew I had to go to New York! Especially after the events of September 11, I wanted to go and see Ground Zero, as well as the memorial wall at St. Paul’s Chapel.

For all the times I visited NYC, I rarely took pictures, since I lived nearby and didn’t feel the need to. This time was different, since I don’t live in the northeast anymore, and with 9/11, so I took the following pictures.

The memorial wall at St. Paul's Chapel, Broadway &  Fulton Stree

The memorial wall at St. Paul's Chapel, Broadway &  Fulton Stree

Ground Zero - December 2001

Ground Zero - December 2001

NYFD

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