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New York

I finally got to take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge in 2004 on the East Coast roadtrip.

More photos taken in New York can be seen in these albums:
New York City Honeymoon (November 2006)
Roadtrip (June 2004)
NYC in September (September 2003)
They Might Be Giants - Joe's Pub - New York, NY (September 2003)
They Might Be Giants - Joe's Pub - New York, NY (February 2003)
NYC Snow (February 2003)
Broadway Show in New York City (October 2001)
Björk in New York City (October 2001)

I've been to New York City numerous times. These are some of the highlights:

Girl Scout Trip in 1988
My first trip to New York City was with the Girl Scouts in 1988 on a mothers and daughters trip. We took a bus up north and visited New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. Memories from the trip include our bus breaking down outside of New York City in the middle of the night which made for some interesting transportation issues. We rode the train, subway, and cabs and walked around a lot. Our tour of the city included a Broadway show - Cats! Before our bus broke down, the driver got lost, and we had an unscheduled tour of Spanish Harlem and the Bronx. I remembering seeing the Yankee Stadium three times that night (as well as people bathing in the streets using the fire hydrants). We went to the Statue of Liberty, although we did not have time to go up to the top for the view. All in all, it was a quite memorable trip!

They Might Be Giants in New York City in 1999
They Might Be Giants played four nights in a row in NYC at the Bowery Ballroom. Each night had a different theme. I was able to attend two of these shows in October 1999. These shows were great! We also did some sightseeing while we weren't watching the concerts and visited with our friend Julie who was attending NYU at the time. We stayed at her apartment in Manhattan.

Trips to Visit Julie (2000-2001)
Scott and I took several more trips to New York City to visit Julie in 2000 and 2001. She introduced us to Dance Dance Revolution in early 2000, and we took several trips to play DDR with her in Manhattan. She showed us around to her favorite places, and we always saw new sites on our trips.

Bj?at Radio City Music Hall in 2001
I had two trips planned for October 2001 that I was not sure that I was going to be able to complete after the attacks on September 11th. Fortunately, I was still able to go on the trips. This was a very special time to visit NYC. Everyone was so friendly, and American flags were displayed everywhere. Scott and I saw Bj?perform at Radio City Music Hall, which was a neat experience (both because of Bj?and the historic venue). We stayed with Ken in New Jersey for this trip.

Weekend in New York City with Audrey in 2001
Audrey and I decided to take a trip together to NYC to see Phantom of the Opera and sightsee in October 2001. We were glad that we were still able to go on our trip after everything that happened on September 11th. We originally had flights on Midway which went backrupt after September 11th, so we were not sure if we were still going to have a flight. We also stayed with Ken in New Jersey. On the first trip in October, I wasn't sure if it was appropriate to visit Ground Zero. One of my coworkers urged me to visit it after he had visited it the week before. Audrey and I took the trip to see Ground Zero, and it was a very moving experience. It was an emotional experience, and I felt that it was an important one.

Snow in New York City in 2003
Scott and I went to New York City to see a special They Might Be Giants show at a very small venue in Manhattan (Joe's Pub). The show was different from the usual shows as they played a unique selection of shows plus the audience was probably less than 150 people. The day before we were supposed to go back home, it started snowing...and it kept snowing and snowing and snowing! Our flights ended up getting cancelled the next day, and we were unable to get a new flight for 2 days. The snowstorm was categorized by the news as a blizzard which dumped almost 2 feet of snow on the city. It was amazing being in Manhattan in the snow, plus very interesting to see a city that really knows how to handle so much of it.

They Might Be Giants in New York City in 2003
I was able to see another Joe's Pub show in September of 2003. On this trip, I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the first time. The museum was huge, and we barely even scratched the surface. Since we were going to see They Might Be Giants, we also made a point to see the Four of Two clock at precisely Four of Two. As a bonus, we saw a joint project between AMC and The School of Visual Arts. Each project had to represent a scene out of a movie (from a list of movies that AMC intended to show as part of their "new classics") and included at least one television set. The displays were very neat! We went to a comedy show at The Comedy Cellar, which I had visited on previous trips. This time we were able to see Dave Attell and Dave Chappelle showed up as a surprise guest! He performed new and off-the-cuff material for over an hour and a half in the tiny room of the comedy cellar. The show was great!

East Coast Roadtrip in 2004
Melissa, Doug, and I decided to take a roadtrip in 2004 since we all wanted to see Madonna perform in New York City. We decided to make it a true roadtrip complete with stops in each state that we touched along our way and wacky roadside attractions. See the trip report for more details.

Our Honeymoon in 2006
When we discovered the Library Hotel, we really thought that it looked like a neat place! We felt that our honeymoon would be the perfect time to splurge and experience the hotel. We did not regret our decision - it was a very special trip. We also were excited about the PhotoTrek Tour, and we were glad that we did as well. We had a full schedule of activities during our stay in NYC. View the trip report.