Sunday, January 24, 2010

Empire State Postcard

January 1st is one of the best days to visit New York City. The revelers have gone home, the streets are quiet and you feel like you have the place to yourself. This year we rang in 2010 in NJ, and set off to the Big Apple with Vince's parents as our first adventure of the year. We caught a glimpse of the ball in Times Square and then sauntered over to the Empire State Building for a view of the city. Neither Vince nor I had ever been up the monumental building so we decided to go all the way to the top. The view was fantastic even though it was cloudy. Here are a few shots Vince took. The first one is from the 102 floor observatory and the second is from the 81st floor.

That's the Chrysler building, looking fabulous as the sun started to come out. After the elevators, lines, and gift shop, we needed some fortification, so we headed out to the Heartland Brewery conveniently located right next door. They offer these neat little beer samplers, and as you know from our trip to Cape Cod, we love these! The beers were all really refreshing, but my favorites were the lights and the darks. I'm not one for wheat beers. The Indiana Pale Ale and the Farmer Jon's Oatmeal Stout were really yummy.

We finished off the day by getting a last glimpse of the Christmas decorations at Macy's, The Tree at Rockefeller Center and a late lunch at HK in Hell's Kitchen (great deal on Belini's ok food).

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