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Odds and ends from a fun visit to New York City

One of the world's busiest pedestrian areas, Times Square is often referred to as The Crossroads of the World with an estimated 50 million annual visitors; formerly known as Longacre Square, it was renamed in 1904 after The NY Times moved its HQ there

One of the world's busiest pedestrian areas, Times Square is often referred to as The Crossroads of the World with an estimated 50 million annual visitors; formerly known as Longacre Square, it was renamed in 1904 after The NY Times moved its HQ there

It was wonderful spending time with these great friends; I hadn't seen David Romero in many years and we also visited with Jason Coronado who was working at the US Open (he's taking time away from teaching at the moment)

It was wonderful spending time with these great friends; I hadn't seen David Romero in many years and we also visited with Jason Coronado who was working at the US Open (he's taking time away from teaching at the moment)

The Edge ranks as my favorite observation deck anywhere in the world with just phenomenal views; you're outdoors with plenty of room to explore a virtually 360 degree panorama of Manhattan

The Edge ranks as my favorite observation deck anywhere in the world with just phenomenal views; you're outdoors with plenty of room to explore a virtually 360 degree panorama of Manhattan

Completed in 2014, One World Trade Center dominates the skyline of lower Manhattan and is the tallest building in the country and the 6th tallest in the world; the name Freedom Tower is mainly used by non-New Yorkers

Completed in 2014, One World Trade Center dominates the skyline of lower Manhattan and is the tallest building in the country and the 6th tallest in the world; the name Freedom Tower is mainly used by non-New Yorkers

Mike and I strolled the entire 6 mile perimeter of Central Park (sometimes in the rain); the 1872 Belvedere Castle is one of the most iconic features of the Park and sits atop its second highest natural point

Mike and I strolled the entire 6 mile perimeter of Central Park (sometimes in the rain); the 1872 Belvedere Castle is one of the most iconic features of the Park and sits atop its second highest natural point

Never was I able to climb the 16 story, $200 million Vessel and admire it up close since it has been repeatedly closed when I've visited due to suicides; the structure has 154 flights of stairs and 2500 steps but it's fate remains unclear

Never was I able to climb the 16 story, $200 million Vessel and admire it up close since it has been repeatedly closed when I've visited due to suicides; the structure has 154 flights of stairs and 2500 steps but it's fate remains unclear

Mike, Gary and Bob visited the Museum of Illusions which is perfect for this Instagram-obsessed world; the reviews were mixed on TripAdvisor with the museum ranking #190 out of 1323 things to do in New York City

Mike, Gary and Bob visited the Museum of Illusions which is perfect for this Instagram-obsessed world; the reviews were mixed on TripAdvisor with the museum ranking #190 out of 1323 things to do in New York City

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, Gustav Klimt, 1907; also known as the Lady in Gold, this oil painting made with gold and silver leaf was the highlight of my visit to the very small and expensive Neue Galerie

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, Gustav Klimt, 1907; also known as the Lady in Gold, this oil painting made with gold and silver leaf was the highlight of my visit to the very small and expensive Neue Galerie

The views from Little Island are nice but I honestly expected there to be more; it would be a great venue for small performances but I thought there would be more playgrounds rather than just places from which to take photos

The views from Little Island are nice but I honestly expected there to be more; it would be a great venue for small performances but I thought there would be more playgrounds rather than just places from which to take photos

The High Line is a must do on any visit to New York and conveniently goes from the Edge and the Vessel at Hudson Yards down to the Whitney Museum of Art and Little Island (it's only 1 1/2 miles though)

The High Line is a must do on any visit to New York and conveniently goes from the Edge and the Vessel at Hudson Yards down to the Whitney Museum of Art and Little Island (it's only 1 1/2 miles though)

I've been anxiously awaiting the New Coke Zero (on the left) since I had read negative reviews and was afraid there would be a revolt similar to when New Coke came out in the 1980s but I honestly could tell any difference

I've been anxiously awaiting the New Coke Zero (on the left) since I had read negative reviews and was afraid there would be a revolt similar to when New Coke came out in the 1980s but I honestly could tell any difference

Only one night was I out past 6pm (thanks Mike!) and able to see the revelry and chaos in Times Square; I opted to skip the $20 ride on the Times Square Wheel and did not stand in the long line for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Only one night was I out past 6pm (thanks Mike!) and able to see the revelry and chaos in Times Square; I opted to skip the $20 ride on the Times Square Wheel and did not stand in the long line for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

The New-York Historical Society was founded in 1804 as New York's first museum; the hyphenated name is correct since it was the general use back then and has never been changed (it's also chiseled in stone on the building)

The New-York Historical Society was founded in 1804 as New York's first museum; the hyphenated name is correct since it was the general use back then and has never been changed (it's also chiseled in stone on the building)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, built in 1872, anchors the Museum Mile; many of the world's most famous works of art are here in the 2  million sq ft of exhibit space

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, built in 1872, anchors the Museum Mile; many of the world's most famous works of art are here in the 2+ million sq ft of exhibit space

With 98 floors and completed in 2020, the Central Park Tower (on right) is the tallest residential building in the world; on the left is 111 West 57 Street (aka Steinway Tower) which was completed in 2021 and is the world's most slender skyscraper

With 98 floors and completed in 2020, the Central Park Tower (on right) is the tallest residential building in the world; on the left is 111 West 57 Street (aka Steinway Tower) which was completed in 2021 and is the world's most slender skyscraper

The Mall in Central Park is lined with American elms and is one of the most beautiful areas of the Park; it hasn't changed significantly since landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux completed Central Park in 1876

The Mall in Central Park is lined with American elms and is one of the most beautiful areas of the Park; it hasn't changed significantly since landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux completed Central Park in 1876

Mike and I enjoyed visiting the Museum of the City of New York which is at the northern end of the Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue; founded in 1923, the museum was originally located in Gracie Mansion which is now the residence of the mayor

Mike and I enjoyed visiting the Museum of the City of New York which is at the northern end of the Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue; founded in 1923, the museum was originally located in Gracie Mansion which is now the residence of the mayor

Bethesda Terrace and Bethesda Fountain mark one of the most photogenic spots in Central Park; covering 843 acres, it is the most visited urban park in the US, with roughly 45 million visitors annually, and is the most filmed location in the world

Bethesda Terrace and Bethesda Fountain mark one of the most photogenic spots in Central Park; covering 843 acres, it is the most visited urban park in the US, with roughly 45 million visitors annually, and is the most filmed location in the world

Gorgeous Bethesda Fountain, designed by Emma Stebbins, was unveiled in 1873; Stebbins was the first woman to receive a public commission for a major work of art in New York City

Gorgeous Bethesda Fountain, designed by Emma Stebbins, was unveiled in 1873; Stebbins was the first woman to receive a public commission for a major work of art in New York City

The Cooper Hewitt is housed in the 64 room former mansion of Andrew Carnegie; it was the first private residence in the US to have a structural steel frame and the first home in New York to have an Otis elevator

The Cooper Hewitt is housed in the 64 room former mansion of Andrew Carnegie; it was the first private residence in the US to have a structural steel frame and the first home in New York to have an Otis elevator

I visited the Neue Galerie which is a museum of early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design located in the William Starr Miller House at 86th Street and Fifth Avenue; it's quite small but seeing The Lady in Gold by Klimt was worth it

I visited the Neue Galerie which is a museum of early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design located in the William Starr Miller House at 86th Street and Fifth Avenue; it's quite small but seeing The Lady in Gold by Klimt was worth it

Favrile Shade, ca. 1910; the New-York Historical Society's Tiffany Lamp Collection is regarded as one of the world’s largest and most encyclopedic

Favrile Shade, ca. 1910; the New-York Historical Society's Tiffany Lamp Collection is regarded as one of the world’s largest and most encyclopedic

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