Monday, 24 September 2007
THE BIG APPLE
THE BIG APPLE Sorry we have been out of touch the last while NYC has been so busy. We stayed at 79th st boat basin for 4 or 5 days. Talk about Location, 4 blocks to central park, close to downtown. From here we went to the Metropolitan museum of art and the American museum of natural history, Central Park, to the top of the Empire State Building, and to FAO Schwartz (the worlds biggest toy store. Then we moved to City Island at the south end of Long Island Sound. On the way we had a tour around the Statue of Liberty and a scenic boat ride up the East River, City Island is bit out of the way but much more comfortable, and still able to access the city on transit. School, for the kids, has started well, about half and half field trips and study. Janine, Ina, and the kids went to the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. This is a “field trip” so they are going to do their first school projects. They were gathering information as they went, we’ll see how the projects go. Then on Sunday we took Granny downtown and put her on a bus to Newark airport. It was sad to see her go, but we had a great visit and Papa needs her as well, a golf champion cannot live on TV dinners! Wednesday we got up early and went south down the East River and anchored in Liberty State Park behind the Statue of Liberty. Security around the Statue is close to ridiculous. There is a Coast Guard Cutter moored in front and a pair of 25ft rigid hull inflatable patrol boats, complete with twin 250hp engines and machineguns mounted for and aft zipping around. Wednesday night Doug arrived from Vancouver. Early Thursday we left NYC behind and powered out of the bay, past Sandy Hook, and down the New Jersey shore. The 2 Coast guard boats were motoring along side the Staten Island Ferry. One veered off and came towards us for a moment, and then returned to its original path. It is odd to see a boat coming at you at 25 knots with two machine guns mounted on it! It is too bad that we do not have more time to play in NYC the city is much more clean and friendly than anticipated, and so much we did not see. I guess you could spend a year there and not see everything.