A couple of weeks ago, Kevin's parents paid us a visit for a long weekend. Not only did they get to see where we live, but we went to the city a couple of the days and played tourist. One of the major things we did, and actually a ton of fun, was take the Gray Line bus tour around Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. Don't worry, we didn't get into any bus accidents while we were boarded! The following is part 1 of our adventures because I took way too many photos to put in one post! We had great weather, learned a great deal of information, and enjoyed taking in the historic sites!
Above, you'll notice the Manhattan Bridge. It connects the boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan (obviously lol). It has been in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV and movie such as The Dark Knight Rises and I Am Legend. The photo in the bottom left corner might look familiar to some, it is the fountain in the infamous opening for Friends. And next to that, is a horse drawn carriage of course. I had to take a pic because Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to ban them so who knows how long they will be around.
The famous Apollo Theater resides in the neighborhood of Harlem in Manhattan. It has seen the likes of many greats who got their start here, such as Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, and Aretha Franklin, plus many, many others. Next to that, the famous Yankee Stadium where Derek Jeter is finishing out his famous baseball career. Even if you aren't a fan, I'm sure you've wanted to check it out at some point in your life, I know I have!
The top right picture is The Dakota. Many celebrities reside here, but it is most known for the late John Lennon being shot in the entrance. Below that, is the Chrysler building. According to the reliable wikipedia, it was the tallest in the world for 11 months (1930-31) and is the tallest brick building in the world. The top right is the iconic Flatiron Building. It's triangle shape makes it easy to immediately recognize. And lastly, the Guggenheim museum. It is located on the Upper East Side and has a unique cylinder shape, though expansions have been made over the years to supports its growing art collection.
At one of the stops, we decided to take a ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. We did an audio tour explaining much of the statue's history while we walked around Liberty Island. It was truly breathtaking to see up close, and a lot larger than expected. Kev wants to go back and go up in the crown sometime....eeek! We didn't spend too much time at Ellis Island, only because it alone could almost take a day. However, what we did see was very humbling and interesting to see the history of the immigrants that passed through there.