|Bill and Carol at a lovely dinner in Ai Fiori (among flowers) on Fifth Avenue, NYC|
|Progress! One World Center now at 100 floors|
the Transportation Hub emerges!
|work at left and throngs at right, view from our hotel room|
|the new 9/11 Memorial wall at the Visitors Center NYC|
|Bill at the grounds of the Chapel of St. Paul with its unwavering spirit|
|Alexander Hamilton's tomb at Trinity Church's burial grounds|
|Bill in front of the New York Stock Exchange|
|Bill with the Bowling Green Bull, for bullish trading|
Facing Trinity Church is Wall Street where we found the New York Stock Exchange across which a big George Washington stands in front of the Federal Reserve Building seeming to ensure that every financial transaction at that Financial District is above board. About a block towards Battery Park is the charming little Bowling Green Park and its Bull! Of course, at Battery Park we got a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, now doubly meaningful to me, a naturalized US citizen after migrating here 8 years ago!
|Immigrants' Memorial in Battery Park with Ellis Island at the background|
|Cathedral of St. John at Upper Manhattan, NYC|
In Upper Manhattan, way up on 123rd street is the Cathedral of St. John, largest handcrafted cathedral in the world! It is an exquisite work of art, inside and out. Several blocks from this cathedral is the Grant National Memorial, considered one of the top 10 mausoleums in the world. It was so cool inside, despite no air-conditioning. Three floors of marbled walls and floors surround the tombs of General and Mrs. Grant at the lower level. A huge dome tops the beautiful mausoleum, surrounded by tall elms.
|the Grant National Memorial in upper Manhattan, NYC|
|Bethesda Fountain and lake at Central Park, NYC|
|150-year old elms provide the natural canopy|
for strollers at Central Park, NYC
|Columbus Circle and the familiar Central Park horse-drawn carriage|
|Bill inside the Empire State Building|
On Central Park’s southeast side is the Maine Monument and just across is the roundabout called Columbus Circle (a statue of Columbus stands at the center). The Circle is the actual center of Manhattan and every place is measured in distance from it. Middle Manhattan is where you will find the Rockefeller Center (although the skating rink has become a flurry of stores) and the Empire State Building (which still runs tours up to 10 PM). St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a few blocks from the Rockefeller Center and we were so lucky to have made it to the Sunday 10:15 AM mass when the choir sings.
|Carol at Rockefeller Plaza in NYC on Memorial Day|
|Memorial Day Mass at St, Patrick's Cathedral in NYC|
with representatives from the Navy
|Teddy Roosevelt National Historic Site in Middle Manhattan, NYC|
|nobody seems to care...with The Naked Cowboy|
at Times Square, NYC
|our 15 seconds of fame at Times square, NYC!|
|Hopes and Dreams at Times Square Visitors' Center, NYC|
|Carol, before the Lion King performance|
at the Minskoff Theatre off Broadway, NYC
|riding a romantic tricycle in Times Square, NYC|