Friday, February 16, 2007

We love New York City. We try to travel there for a long weekend every year, usually between Thanksgiving and New Years. That time of the year is so festive with all the hubbub and Christmas decorations. This year we could not find the time so we decided to go after the beginning of the year.

We stayed at Fort Hamilton ( in Brooklyn. Fort Hamilton is a small Army post located directly under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge ( on the Brooklyn side. It has easy access to the subway system and is very quiet compared to Manhattan. Plus, the lodging is one-quarter the cost of a hotel in Manhattan. We always like to walk through the city when not taking the subway. It was very cold the entire time and snow still covered the ground and sidewalks from a storm a few days earlier.

We took the subway everywhere we went. At $7.00 a day for unlimited rides, it is a great deal. And the subways are safe, no matter what you might hear. We walked through Central Park, down 5th Avenue, through Little Italy, went into countless shops and stores, toured the Chelsea Market where the Food Network has its studios, strolled by the United Nations, and wondered at the pandemonium in Times Square.

We ate some street food, had authentic wood stove pizza, had dinner at a corner diner and ate a Nathan’s hot dog at Coney Island. New York City is the greatest city in the world. I know, I’ve seen most of them.

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