Monday, August 31, 2015


(this is NOT my video)

Tiffany and I spent 6 days and 5 nights in NYC (Aug 20th to 25th)!  The first four nights we spent at LE PARKER MERIDIEN and the last night at THE PLAZA!  Here are my pictures and videos...

THE PLAZA faces Central Park!

Tif Tif at Le Parker Meridien!

We arrived at Lambert Airport early Thursday morning before the TSA's even showed up.  Loaded the plane successfully and took off without a hitch.  20 minutes later the pilot announced there was an indicator light that 'indicated' there was no oil in one of the engines so we turned around and landed back at Lambert Airport.  1 hour later (and a truckload of oil) we took off again and of course the delay ruined our planned schedule for our 1st day and messed up our plans for the entire trip.  So that is how we ended up seeing all of New York City 'on the fly'.  We walked to MACY's to pick up our Travel Coupons (as a Travel Agent Tif got us into the majority of the NYC Attractions cheaply or for FREE!) and then decided what the heck let's go see THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING.  Turns out pretty much every where we wanted to go was within walking distance of LE PARKER MERIDIEN...


Mr. Skyline keeps his eye on NYC...
Step Up

Tourists (I hate "Selfie Sticks")

From the ESB...

From the ESB...
From the ESB...
From poolside atop Le Parker Meridien...

From poolside atop Le Parker Meridien...
I don't remember from on top
of what building I took this one...

From the ESB, NYC Skyline at night...
We planned to see the Observation Decks at both major NYC skyscrapers we were visiting early in the morning and then back again late at night (after sunset).  Stupid American tourists I can take, because at least they can understand directions and commands by Security.  Stupid foreign tourists with English as their second language (IF they understood English at all) really tested my progressive Liberalism.  By the 6th day I was very proud of myself that I had not committed murder.  "David Smith, on the Observation Deck, with the Selfie Stick!"*  Not really sure what to do between the two visits to The Empire State Building we decided to visit The HERSHEY STORE (we already had a custom Hershey Bar from Chicago and wanted to add to our collection).  So Tif punches in our destination into her GPS and off we go.  Dupe De Do, Dupe De Do.  1st Left, Right 2 blocks, Left again then 2nd Right. Come to find out The Hershey Store is in the middle of TIMES SQUARE.  How fun!  After killing time in Times Square we took the elevator to the pool on top of Le Parker Meridien and took lots of pictures...
*from the board game CLUE

 Our second day in NYC we got up early and met our 9-11 Tour Guide at a restaurant called COSI.  He guided us through the NYC Subway System and gave us a guided tour of the 9-11 site and Downtown/Wall Street.

I had a square bagel for breakfast
My Cousin Tim works here,
"Hi Tim!"

9-11 Memorial
On the day that would have been their
Birthday, 9-11 volunteers place a white
Rose next to their name...
St. Paul's Chapel, a Church
near the 9-11 Site
FDNY Ten House,
across from the WTC

I ate at a Food Cart
every single chance I got...
Neighborhood near the WTC

No Day Shall Erase You From The Memory Of Time -Virgil (behind this wall is the Reliquary of the 9-11 Victims)

Destroyed Fire Truck
inside the 9-11 Museum
Me atop Le Parker Meridien!
We ate Dinner at NEW TOPAZ!
    1. Ripped off by a NYC Food Cart Vendor? check! 
    2. Over-tipped a NYC Cab Driver to get me somewhere on time? check!
    3. Spotted a NYC Rat? check!
    4. Accosted by a Times Square Strip Club Barker? check!
    5. Got lost on the NYC Subway System? check!
    6. Forced to listen to vulgar people cuss on the Subway? check!
    7. Smelled Horse Poop on the streets? check!
    8. Smelled Human Poop on the streets? check!
    9. Walked past a Homeless man sleeping on a pile of trash bags? check!
    10. Inconvenienced by clueless Tourists? check!

(a work in progress, more to come)

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