Manhattan, New York - June 23-26, 2006
NY from Spirit Air NY from Spirit Air America's Cup - Rockefeller Plaza America's Cup - Rockefeller Plaza America's Cup - Rockefeller Plaza
Big Apple
Big Apple Breakfast Au Bon Pain
Broadway Show Chicago
Broadway Show Chicago
Cranky old man Hilton New York Hilton NY lobby
Manhattan Bridge Manhattan Bridge
Wisdom and Knowledge Shall Be...
Rockefeller Plaza
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St. Patrick's Cathedral
City Street
Times Square
Tinmes Square
old building MoMA building Mariott Marquis The View Times Square
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Row 1: Views of New York from Spirit Air, America's Cup, Atlas, Big Apple
Row 2: Big Apple, Au Bon Pain, Chicago Musical on Broadway, Wally and the "Cranky old man." Two views of our hotel, The New York Hilton.
Row 3: Manhattan Bridge, Times Square, Wisdom and Knowledge, Rockefeller Plaza, St. Patrick's Cathedral
Row 4: Street sign,Times Square, Times Square, old building, MoMA, Marriott Marquis "The View", Times Square.
MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

MoMA, located on West 53 Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues was in easy walking distance of our hotel, The NY Hilton. Our mistake was not allowing ourselves the time we needed to see it all. Armed with a remote, we were able to listen to the information concerning an artist and his/her work by simply keying in the proper number.

The Museum includes works by Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Paul Cezanne, Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol and many others.

Dada was on view June 18 to September 11, 2006. MoMA is the first major museum exhibition in the United States to focus exclusively on Dada, one of the most influential avant-garde movements of the early twentieth century. Responding to the disasters of World War I and to an emerging modern media and machine culture, Dada artists led a creative revolution that both boldly embraced and caustically criticized modernity itself. Click each pictue below to enlarge.

inside the MoMA
Menaced Assasin
MoMA Building
Sleeping Gypsy
Starry Night
The Persistence of Memory
Warhol - Campbell's
Chinatown Chinatown - farmer's market
Chinatown, NY market
Chinatown - sign on truck
Restaurant - Little Italy
David - Little Italy
Little Italy - Empire State building in background
Central Park view from Top of the Rock Top of the Rock - night view of New York
Rock at the Top - evening view of New York Rock at the Top - evening view of New York
Ticket for Top of the Rock - Rockefeller Plaza
Me- Empire State Building in the background
Top of the Rock - Rockefeller Center

What a delightful surprise! We had heard about Top of the Rock from friends and Yahoo's Top 10 NY attractions, so we were anxious to see what it was all about. Originally opened 70 years ago, the design of this deck was inspired by ocean liners of the era. At 850- feet above sea level you have a view not to be missed. Panels of fully transparent safety glass are crystal clear for unobstructed, open-air viewing 360 degrees from the 70th floor. The breathtaking landscape stretches for miles in every direction. It includes a panorama of Central Park and the northern half of Manhattan. Other landmarks are visible as well, including the Chrysler Building, Times Square, the Hudson River, the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty. This treat belongs on anyone's "To Do" list.

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum - Arnold Palmer
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum -Einstein
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum -FDR - Nixon
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum -Garcia
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum -Gates
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum -Glen Miller
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum -John Wayne
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum - Julia Roberts
John Kennedy
Lance Armstrong
Abe Lincoln
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum -Madonna
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum -Marilyn Monroe
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum -Man on the Moon
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum -NY F Madame Tussauds Wax Museum -NY Firemen
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum -Sashmo Armstrong
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum -Frank Sinatra
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum - Billy Graham
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Ted Turner Donald Trump Madame Tussauds Wax Museum George Bush Madame Tussauds Wax Museum - I love Lucy Madame Tussauds Wax Museum - Woody Allen Madame Tussauds Wax Museum - Lance Armstrong
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

This fun attraction features more wax figures than you can count, including sport stars, musicians, world leaders, Presidents, business figures, writers, and of course the Chamber of Horrors.

All the rooms except for the Chamber of Horror, are gigantic photo-ops where you are allowed to touch the figures and interact with them for photo sessions.

Madame Tussaud's wax museum has become a major Times Square attraction, along with locations in London, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Amsterdam and Shanghai. The New York was quite different than the London Tussauds that I remember from many years ago

The new Apple Store on 5th Ave. is open 24-7. Since I've been using an Apple computer since I bought my first Mac SI in 1990, this was a "must see" for me. Free Wi-Fi is available at all times! View more pictures HERE on the Apple site

Apple Store Glass Elevator
Apple Store Kids' Area Apple Store - Wally checks his e-mail
Apple Store - Front Apple Store inside Apple Store inside
The NY Hilton is conveniently located near Times Square and only a block or two from Radio City Music Hall and Rockefeller Center. Our cost was $279.00 per night. 2nd person charge was $30. per night and other taxes and fees were $55.10 per night, making a total of $1092.30 for 3 nights. We had drinks at the Rainbow Room (thanks, Jon!) and also at the Marriott Marquis "TheView." Both delightful views of the evening NY skyline. Drinks average in the $22. range at both locations. We walked everywhere except Chinatown and Little Italy where we used the Subway.
Little Italy and Chinatown, New York

Beyond Canal Street and the Bowery, you will find the legendary Chinatown of New York. More than 150,000 Chinese live and work in this concentrated area, and it is a very self-sufficient community. Food is everywhere. The markets on Canal Street sell fish, fruit and vegetables in the city. There are countless restaurants. These begin on Mott Street, from Worth Street right up to Kenmore Street. The food is generally excellent and a cultural experience of note. The Little Italy neighborhood was a haven for Italian immigrants in the mid-19th century to mid- 20th century. Today, the Italians have mostly moved on, leaving behind a mushrooming Chinatown on the one side and the influx of young professionals from SoHo on the other. It remains a friendly neighborhood, with grocery stores, restaurants and cafes abounding. We hopped on a subway from Times Square to arrive in no time ! Click each photo on the left to enlarge.