September 8, 2007

2 things that I lived in New York City for 10 years without doing...

I did today with visitors who dropped in for less than 2 days.

19 comments:

Trooper York said...

Statue of liberty and Ellis Island.

Ann Althouse said...

Good start, but let me say that I've still never been to Ellis Island. And one of my visitors was a 7-year-old boy.

Trooper York said...

Rode the subway and ate a dirty water dog.

Karl said...

Top of the Empire State Building?

Ann Althouse said...

Contest over. Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building is the answer.

Trooper York said...

Sorry you missed out on the dirty water dog.

MadisonMan said...

Hey! I would've guessed the Empire State Building.

And also standing over a subway grate while wearing a puffy skirt.

Karl said...

If I could only do two things in NYC, it would be:

have a deep-fried bacon wrapped dog at Crif followed by fries with garlic mayo at Pommes Frites.

I guess if there's time for a third, it would be to experience the world-class cardiac care at Mt. Sinai.

-kd

nina said...

That you never visited the Empire State Building says tons about when you lived in NY. I went there numerous times in the sixties. And rarely after that. It was replaced, of course, by the World Trade Center.

Simon said...

Re Nina's comment - Ann, did you ever go to the top of the WTC while living in New York previously?

Theo Boehm said...

Ellis Island beats Statue of Liberty.

Natural History Museum beats Empire State Building.

(Empire State Building=big waste of time & money, especially time.)

Seeing Red Sox beat Yankees at Yankee Stadium beats everything.

mainesails said...

Over the last few weeks, your blog has several times brought fond memories to this ex-New Yorker.

Memories again ...

I hadn't gone to the top of the Empire State since my father took me up as a small child.

After moving to Maine and getting married, our annual trips to NYC always included an attempt to get to the top of the Empire State.

After 3 unsuccessful tries, finding it closed or finding a horrendous line, we switched our allegience and made several trips to the WTC, the last in 2000.

That last year, we shot video from the observation deck. Needless to say, I haven't been able to watch the video since 2001, and the fact that I'm now divorced has nothing to do with it.

My parents are deceased now, and I no longer visit NY regularly, so your blog photos have been a welcome addition to my morning.

My thanks.

halojones-fan said...

I'm reminded of Steinbeck, in "Travels with Charley", where he visits friends in Texas, and they spend the entire time partying and sightseeing. As he goes to leave, he asks his host whether they live like that all the time. The host replies, "of course not. You being here is our excuse to do all the fun things we never have time to do."

That's kind of the same way I am around here. I could go all over the place, see interesting things and do fun stuff, but unless someone's visiting I usually just slob around at home.

blake said...

One of my favorite books, Halo-jones!

downtownlad said...

I've never been to the Statue of Liberty.

But cmon - that's NOT New York. The Statue of Liberty is in New Jersey.

lurker2209 said...

The thing about natives not doing all the fun things in their area is one of those universal truths. Growing up on the Oregon coast, we rarely even went to the beach unless we had guests.

Ann Althouse said...

nina said..."That you never visited the Empire State Building says tons about when you lived in NY. I went there numerous times in the sixties. And rarely after that. It was replaced, of course, by the World Trade Center."

But my parents took us on a sightseeing trip to NYC in the early 60s. In the mid to late 60s I lived in Wayne, NJ, within commuting distance, and we frequently took trips to NYC. in my college years, which ended the year the WTC opened, I traveled to NYC frequently with my then-boyfriend (future husband), who grew up in the Bronx. In 1973, we moved to NYC, and we went to the WTC shortly after it opened, and I never went there again -- even when I did a trip to NY with my son. We went over, looked at the lines and the prices and decided it wasn't worth doing.

al said...

Theo Boehm said...

Ellis Island beats Statue of Liberty.


Very true. We saw both last year in our 2 day trip to New York and knowing I was in the same hall as my great-grandparents was awesome.

One of the favorite parts of our trip was Times Square on a Saturday night. That was interesting...

Beth said...

Ellis Island is magnificent in every way. I don't regret taking time to visit there.

One of my favorite museum experiences anywhere, not just as a New York experience, is the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Check out www.tenement.org