A Visit to New York City in Photographs (Part 2 of 2)

View from the Empire State Building, New York City, October 2017

Allegiant’s low priced, direct flights to New York City from Knoxville make a getaway to the city easy enough. The complication is that the flights only depart and arrive on Sunday and Thursday. We took the Sunday flight up and the Thursday flight back. Arrival on Sunday is early enough that most of the afternoon remains after check in at the hotel. Yesterday we covered our first two days – Sunday and Monday.

Times Square, New York City, October 2017

Penn Station, New York City, October 2017

We didn’t attempt to make a Broadway show on Sunday and they aren’t produced on Monday nights. We also had rain on Monday, so that shifted those plans around a bit. By Tuesday we were ready to check off some of our must-do stops. Oddly enough, at the top of Urban Girl’s list was Chinatown. I never did figure out why. I wanted to get her to the top of the Empire State Building, we wanted to take a bus tour and we had tickets to Wicked to end the day.

Empire State Building, New York City, October 2017

Empire State Building, New York City, October 2017

View from the Empire State Building, New York City, October 2017

View from the Empire State Building, New York City, October 2017

Before I wrote this blog, I didn’t know what a “setback” meant in architectural terms. It means a building retreats from its largest, ground level footprint as it rises. Originally done for structural reasons – we didn’t have steel beams allowing us to build straight up past a certain point – it also producing a pleasing aesthetic appearance. In the latter portion of the 1800s when the steel beam arrived on the scene, buildings could be built much higher and straight up.

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A Visit to New York City In Photographs (Part 1 of 2)

New York City, October 2017

After an early October trip to New York City, I promised photographs to come, but never quite got to it. The week of the Macy’s Parade seems like a good time to go there. As much as I love cities, this was only my third trip. I first went to the city with my family at eight years old. I had several life-changing epiphanies: Some people don’t have homes (seen sleeping on the sidewalk). People of different races can ride in the same car (I know). Not everyone in the world is Southern Baptist (visit to a Buddhist Temple).

New York City, October 2017

Hispanic Day Parade, New York City, October 2017

Hispanic Day Parade, New York City, October 2017

Ceiling in John’s Pizzeria, New York City, October 2017

I returned in 2000 with my sixteen-year-old daughter (eventually to become Urban Daughter) and this was my next trip. Urban Woman and I brought along eight-year-old Urban Girl, so the trip was shaped a bit for her. We flew Allegiant to Newark and took the train into the city. Easy and cheap.

I was stoked to have a real camera and a slightly better understanding of cities (thanks to the education I’ve gotten from so many of you). First discovery at the Knoxville airport: Dead battery in camera and no charger. That could have made for a lost day or more of photographs in the past, but by the time the plane departed, thanks to the WWW and a smart phone, I found a camera store in the city, learned it was open on Sunday and charted a path to it on our way to the hotel.

New York Public Library, New York City, October 2017

New York City, October 2017

New York City, October 2017

New York City, October 2017

Twenty-two blocks of Fifth Avenue was closed for the Hispanic Day Parade. The next day the same route was closed for the Columbus Day Parade. It made me wonder why it is so easy for New York City to close streets, but so difficult for us. It was a fun introduction to the city as we walked to the hotel.

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WUTK, 90.3 The Rock: Serving Up Great Programming for 35 Years

Ed Note:  I've enjoyed the station since about its second year of existence, first discovering U2 and The Alarm, two of my favorite bands from that era, on its airwaves. I'm proud to be a part of the WUTK family as I broadcast Knoxcentric each Sunday … [Continue reading]

Downtown Knoxville Ten Day Planner (11/19 – 11/28/2017)

If you want to be certain your event is included on this calendar, I’ll need your event two weeks in advance. The absolute best way to make sure I include your event is to make a FB event and invite me – two weeks in advance. My FB “events” are the … [Continue reading]

So What Makes Christmas in the City a Top Twenty Tourism Event?

While I haven't run a poll, I think it is safe to assume that every city in the U.S. has holiday celebrations of various sorts starting this time of year. No doubt many of them are wonderful. So, why would the Southeast Tourism Society name … [Continue reading]