Friday, June 25, 2010
First Full Day in NYC
This day was an adventurous one! We woke up early to catch our 7:35 AM train to see Bard. Unfortunately the train actually left at 7:05 so we missed it. Because we missed the Bard Experience, we had extra time before Vassar to see more of New York. We ate breakfast to feed our souls and eventually decided on visiting the Empire State Building. We went up to the 80th something floor and my, what a view! I loved being able to walk all around the deck to see all of New York, part of New Jersey and we could even see the Statue of Liberty in the distance. I probably walked around the observation deck about four times because I simply could not get enough of the scenery.
Next we took our train from Penn Station to Poughkeepsie to visit and learn about Vassar College. Vassar’s campus was absolutely beautiful. Something that stuck out about the college was their dorm system where it is both co-ed and co-class to create a sense of family.
After Vassar we took the train back to Penn Station where we walked to our fine dining location: Oceana Restaurant. Again, this was a great choice by Mr. Ramsey. We toasted to the “funders” of both our trip and our meals like this one. Thanks to all of you for such a great dining experience.
After being around New York for a day and a half, here are some quick observations:
1. A lot of the public restrooms don’t have toilet seat covers. This is a weird thing to mention but I find it most odd. I guess on the West Coast we have a lot more germaphobes.
2. Since there are so many people walking around Times Square, foot traffic behaves just like car traffic; people walk on their rights and if someone is in the wrong lane or stops when they shouldn’t others honk.
3. The New York area is full of history. Last night’s restaurant, Keen’s Steakhouse, was over a hundred years old and had pipes used and signed by many historical people; there was a sign in Poughkeepsie pointing to FDR’s home; numerous buildings on Vassar’s campus were referred to as historical landmarks. It’s really remarkable how New York preserves and innovates
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