is a New York Yankees fan and really wanted to go to
I got up around and had breakfast while my family did the same. We had a taxi coming at . My mom had requested a van because the four of us had two pieces of luggage, each.
Just before , we waited outside our house. A taxi showed up, but it was a regular cab; not a van! My mom was a bit annoyed with that, especially since our baggage wouldn’t all fit. The driver radioed dispatch and said a van would be at our house in two minutes. A few minutes later, a van arrived and we loaded our stuff and headed to the airport.
We took the
in for our flight. My mom noted there was practically no line up at the check
in counter. on a Monday morning
is a good time to check in as there are no lines. We went to clear
Next, we went through regular airport security. My mom, my sister, and I got through with no problem, even though we had to take our shoes off. When my dad went through the metal detector, it beeped. After my dad set it off a couple more times, an agent held a scanner to him and found his Ipod in his pocket. After that, there was no problem.
We then headed to our gate and found there was no plane, (we were early.) We watched the news on a nearby screen and there was a story of a TTC subway maintenance worker being killed which seriously affected subway service. At the time, I thought a worker had been hit by a subway train.
I looked over to the domestic gates at Terminal 1 and saw Air
Soon, our plane taxied to the gate. It was an Embraer 175. I then photographed it.
Soon, it was time to board. I took my assigned window seat, (yeah, Air
The now closed Terminal 2.
As we prepared to take off, I noticed we were taking off on the same
runway as Air
Like the planes Mark and I flew on back in January, this plane had a personal entertainment system. I watched a couple shows but since the flight was about 60-90 minutes, they were shut off when I was 2/3 through the second program I was watching.
From the plane, I watched as we made several turns. As we landed at
My family went to the baggage claim to get our baggage. We were able to retrieve our luggage in a timely manner. After, we headed out to get a cab. While waiting, I saw an ex GO Transit 1400 series coach. I could tell because of the caution sticker on the back and the yield sign on the rear.
We got a van which took us to the Ramada New Yorker Hotel. The hotel is
one block away from Penn Station, two blocks away from the
We went to check in and found that our room was not ready. This reminded
me of how in
We were able to store our bags and headed out to find somewhere to have
lunch. Meanwhile, I took a picture of the
We eventually had lunch at a McDonald’s a few blocks south of the hotel.
During lunch, a homeless man entered the restaurant asking for money. No one
gave him some. After lunch, we walked back to the hotel. I noticed that
We got back to the hotel and retrieved our stored bags. We soon headed up
to the room. We then decided to walk over to
We then left and soon arrived at Times Square. We first went into the Toys R Us at Times Square. That store was incredible. It had three floors of toys as well as a Ferris wheel! I took a picture of that.
While I was looking around, another customer mistook me for an employee, even though I wasn’t dressed the same as the employees! (Sheesh, that’s the second time it happened today)! Fortunately, that would be the last time for the rest of the trip.
After my family and I left the toy store, we visited the M&M’s store and the Hershey’s store. We then walked back to the hotel.
We then caught a cab to Pier 83 for the Circle Line harbor tours. We were taking the evening tour. We bought our tickets and lined up. I then took a picture of the boat we were going to ride.
I was wondering if there would be anything to eat on this boat, but when
we boarded, I saw a snack bar, so I realized I wasn’t going to starve. From the
boat, I could see Light Rail Vehicles running across the river in
The boat soon departed and the tour guide pointed out various piers. One
pier he pointed out was Pier 54, the Pier in which the
We passed near where the twin towers of the World Trade Centre used to stand. I took a few photos from the boat.
The boat took us near the Statue of
Liberty, under the
The boat went near
My family went out for dinner, but since I had eaten on the boat, I stayed behind. We eventually called it a night.
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