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by Jim Tierney

We went to "New York, New York, What a Wonderful Town" ... and we "Gave YOUR regards to Broadway and Remembered YOU to Herald Square", as we traveled by bus from Boston to New York down Harlem's 5th Avenue from 135th Street to Times Square.

The Empire State Building.

We "strolled" through Central Park, passed Jackie O's former residence, and Grand Central Station that she restored and preserved, preventing it from demolition. We were dropped off at 47th and Broadway which was teeming with people from all walks of life and we wondered if any native New Yorkers ever came to Manhattan. Walking down Broadway towards 42nd Street, we had visions of how much more crowded it would be on New Year's Eve with Dick Clark and the traditional dropping of the ball.

While we walked along we greeted George M. Cohan (Statue), thoroughly enjoying the experience of just being there with all the glitter and glamour. Arriving early for our 3pm show, we "loitered" in the lobby next door at the famous Hotel Edison people watching for awhile, across from the Barrymore Theatre. Seeing a picture of Mickey Mantle and Billy Martin hanging in the lobby, it was apparent that these "drinking buddies and party animals" were frequent visitors.

St. Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue.

We were pleasantly entertained at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre seeing the "Odd Couple" with Nathan Lane(Oscar) and Matthew Broderick(Felix), with an extra treat of Brad Garrett, Robert from Everyone Loves Raymond, as Murray the Cop. After the show we had dinner at Dominico's, the prominent Italian restaurant on West 40th Street and then had an evening tour of Manhattan. The windows of Lord&Taylor, Macy's, and other department stores displayed spectacular glowing images of the Christmas season while the streets and buildings, such as the Empire State Building, Chrysler, and Met Life, provided us an impressive picture of New York at night.

We meditated at Ground Zero and learned that the final design of the new Freedom Tower had been approved which will have 72 floors with spires rising it to "1776" feet. Traveling through the Lincoln Tunnel, we spent the evening in New Jersey at the Sheraton Hotel on the other side of the Hudson River, with a fantastic view of the New York skyline.

After a comfortable night and a scrumptious breakfast buffet, we headed back into Manhattan for our 11am Rockettes show. Arriving early, we were dropped off at Rockefeller Center and enjoyed watching the ice skating and more people watching. We just missed the Today Show with Katie Curic and Matt Lauer.The Rockettes Christmas Spectacular was as grandiose as ever and clearly a must see for any "kid from 1 to 92".

The Trump Building on Fifth.

There is always just enough variation from year to year to make you want to come back. A visit to New York in December MUST include Radio City Music Hall and the Rockettes. After the show, we walked across the street to visit the new "Top of the Rock" (opened 11/1/05), enjoying  the history of Rockefeller Center and its origins,  a slide show, and 3 floors(68-69-70) of panoramic views of the city. We crammed a lot into 2 days before heading home.

March 3, 2006

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