2012 Eastern United States travel blog

Jersey City, NJ - Liberty Harbor RV Park, site A08 - sites...

Jersey City, NJ - Liberty Harbor RV Park, site A08 - another...

Jersey City, NJ - Liberty Harbor RV Park, site A08 - view...

New Castle, DE to Jersey City, NJ 0 - our route -...

New Castle, DE to Jersey City, NJ 1-crossing the Delaware Memorial Bridge...

New Castle, DE to Jersey City, NJ 2 - at the NJ...

New Castle, DE to Jersey City, NJ 3 - the first 40...

New Castle, DE to Jersey City, NJ 4 - traffic getting heavier...

New Castle, DE to Jersey City, NJ 5

New Castle, DE to Jersey City, NJ 6 - lots of construction...

New Castle, DE to Jersey City, NJ 7 - the NYC skyline...

New Castle, DE to Jersey City, NJ 8 - the view as...

NYC 1 - our daughter's favorite store in NYC

NYC 2 - the Crown Building

NYC 3 - Trump Tower with the Tiffany building below it

NYC 4 - some of the goodies at F.A.O. Schwartz Toy Store...

NYC 5 - another display at F.A.O. Schwartz

NYC 6 - Lady Liberty made out of Legos

NYC 7 - a Lego Batman

NYC 8 - in front of the Apple store

NYC 9 - a carriage ride around Central Park anyone

NYC 10 - the entrance to Central Park in the Southeast corner

NYC 11 - the 5 star Plaza Hotel

Coney Island 1 - Nathan's Hotdogs

Coney Island 2 - the countdown until the July 4th hot dog...

Coney Island 3 - the boardwalk

Coney Island 4 - More of the boardwalk

Coney Island 5

Coney Island 6

Coney Island 7 - the beach

Coney Island 8 - Doris and Michelle at the Coney Island Beach

Coney Island 9 - this notice is like most we saw -...

NYC 12 - waiting on Mamma Mia! to start - it was...

NYC 13 - Times Square - WAY too many people

NYC 14

NYC 15

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NYC 17

NYC 18 - this recruiting center recruits more service members than any...

NYC 19

NYC 20

NYC 21 - view down Broadway

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NYC 26 - great seafood here

NYC 27 - the garment district

NYC 28 - the Empire State Building

NYC 29 - one of the many, many beautiful ornate buildings

NYC 30 - the flat iron building

NYC 31

NYC 32 - another beautiful building

NYC 33 - one of the gazillion McDonalds- all at least two...

NYC 34 - a night time shot of the Empire State Building

NYC 35 - another ornate building

NYC 36 - 30 Rockefeller Center

NYC 37 - more of Rockefeller Plaza

NYC 38 - Radio City Music Hall

NYC 39 - one of a several we saw every day

NYC 40 - everyone makes a living however they can

NYC 41 - the Times Warner Buildings on the left

NYC 42 - the side of the Crown Building with a blimp...

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NYC 45 - the front of the Cathedral Church of St. John...

NYC 46 - some of the apartment building surrounding Central Park -...

NYC 47

NYC 48 - the Apollo Theater in Harlem

NYC 49 - the office building where Pres. Clinton had his office...

NYC 50 - statue of Duke Ellington in Harlem - sorry for...

NYC 51 - the Guggenheim Museum, the last building designed by Frank...

NYC 52 - more apartments along Central Park

NYC 53 - the Metropolitan Museum of Art

WTC 1 - One World Trade Center also known as The Freedom...

WTC 2 - Two World Trade Center

WTC 3 - the South Pool of the Memorial, contains the names...

WTC 4 - the South Pool of the Memorial, another view

WTC 5 - the South Pool of the Memorial, you can see...

WTC 6 - the South Pool of the Memorial, Todd Beamer's name...

WTC 7 - the North Pool containing the names of those working...

WTC 8 - the North Pool, another view

WTC 9 - the Survivor Tree, Google it and you will see...

WTC 10 - The Memorial Museum under construction

WTC 11 - St. Peter Roman Catholic Church - Ground Zero Catholic...

WTC 12 - St. Peter Roman Catholic Church - Ground Zero Catholic...

WTC 13 - St. Peter Roman Catholic Church - Ground Zero Catholic...

WTC 14 - St. Peter Roman Catholic Church - Ground Zero Catholic...

WTC 15 - St. Peter Roman Catholic Church - Ground Zero Catholic...

WTC 16 - St. Peter Roman Catholic Church - Ground Zero Catholic...

WTC 17 - St. Peter Roman Catholic Church - Ground Zero Catholic...

WTC 18 - St. Peter Roman Catholic Church - Ground Zero Catholic...

WTC 19 - St. Peter Roman Catholic Church - Ground Zero Catholic...

WTC 20 - St. Peter Roman Catholic Church - Ground Zero Catholic...

WTC 21 - St. Peter Roman Catholic Church - Ground Zero Catholic...

WTC 22 - St. Peter Roman Catholic Church - Ground Zero Catholic...

WTC 23 - St. Peter Roman Catholic Church - Ground Zero Catholic...

WTC 24 - St. Peter Roman Catholic Church - Ground Zero Catholic...

Harbor Cruise 1 - the garbage has to go somewhere!

Harbor Cruise 2 - the NYC skyline with Governor's Island in the...

Harbor Cruise 3 - the large white building is at the tip...

Harbor Cruise 4 - the Manhatten end of the Brooklyn Bridge finished...

Harbor Cruise 5 - FreedomTower on the right, the Empire State Building

Harbor Cruise 6 - Ellis Island

Harbor Cruise 7 - Lady Liberty

Harbor Cruise 8

Harbor Cruise 9

Top of the Rock 1 - looking North - Central Park

Top of the Rock 2 - the Upper East Side and, if...

Top of the Rock 3 - the Upper West Side and the...

Top of the Rock 4 - looking South - the Empire State...

Top of the Rock 5 - the Lower East Side and the...

Top of the Rock 6 - the Lower West Side and the...

Top of the Rock 7 - the Chrysler Building behind the Met...


It was just 127 miles from New Castle, DE to Jersey City, NJ but it wasn't a pleasant ride. The first 40 miles or so was pretty and relaxing but as soon as we approached Trenton, the traffic increased and then we got on the New Jersey Turnpike and it was under construction almost the whole rest of the way - not a fun area to travel through. The trip took about three hours so we arrived a little after 11:30 and quickly checked in started getting into our site. Like I said in the last post we are staying at Liberty Harbor RV Park, which is a parking lot with lanes a little longer and wider than in a regular parking lot. I was mistaken earlier when I said it was blacktop as it really is black gravel. We did manage to get in the site fairly easy and did have room for our slides to extend but there is no way you could put out a patio awning. They have picnic table available but they require a much smaller RV to have space for them. We are here to see NYC and it will suffice.

Michelle was supposed to fly into Newark airport about 3:40 but she still hadn't left Jacksonville at that time. Her original plane had a maintenance problem so they had to get another plane but still hadn't got it when they finally, about 4:20, scheduled Michelle to fly to Birmingham, then Chicago before arriving here about 10:45. She originally was supposed to go from Jacksonville to Baltimore to Newark. Needless to say, she wasn't a happy camper, literally! :-) We did finally get her picked up and made it back to the park before midnight.

Monday we headed into NYC. The advantage to this RV Park is its proximity to NYC. It is about a leisurely 10 minute stroll to the Grove St PATH station which takes you to 33rd St. in Manhattan. There you can get on the MTA subway and go about anywhere you wish in the NYC area. We first had to go to the 59th St and 5th Ave stop to visit nearby Tiffany's (next to the Trump Tower) and also to the F.A.O Schwartz Toy Store. That MTA station is also very near the Southeast corner of Central Park so we also had a seat there on a bench and ate a pretzel from a street vendor. It was getting close to rush hour by then so we decided to come on back to the RV Park.

Tuesday was time to go to Coney Island so we essentially made the same trip as Monday but instead hopped the train to Coney Island. It was cool that day (low 70's) so it wasn't too crowded though there were a lot more people than I would have expected on a cool, windy Tuesday. We did have a hot dog at Nathan's original hot dog place and generally just explored the beach and amusement park area. Most of the stores were closed but enough were open for us to help the NY economy. After a few hours there we came on back to the Mothership again. That trip was a little easier as we were starting to learn our way around the subway stations.

We went to the 9/11 Memorial Wednesday morning. You must have reservations to get in and they are free. They just use the tickets to limit how many are in the memorial at any one time. It was very nicely done with two very large pools built on the sites of the two towers and a waterfall around the entire perimeter of each. The perimeter wall around the pools contains the name of each person who died in the attack. Michelle and Doris also visted St. Peter Roman Catholic Cathedral's Ground Zero Catholic Memorial where the first responders spent a good bit of their time and also where people met getting info on their loved ones. Then it was time to see Broadway. We had made reservations for Mamma Mia! showing at the Winter Garden Theater on Broadway and made our way there for the matinee. Needless to say, the show was fantastic. No big names that we recognized but they were very good and we had a great time.

Thursday and Friday we had 48 hour Hop On - Hop Off bus tours of the Downtown, Uptown, Brooklyn and Night loops. Due to all of the travel time and waiting on buses we were only able to get the Downtown, Brooklyn and Night loops done on Thursday. Friday we went back in and did the Uptown loop which includes Harlem. We were also able to go to the Top of the Rock which is atop the Rockefeller Building which is NBC's headquarters and also to take the Harbor Cruise around Ellis Island and the lower part of Manhattan. Thursday and Friday were both part of the heat wave gripping the country the temperature approached 100° and probably higher sitting in the sun on top of the bus. We were exhausted by the end of each day and it was near midnight Thursday after we got back from the night loop. These four tours allowed us to see the complete boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. We feel like we have seen all of NYC that we want and any future visits will be restricted to seeing Broadway shows as much as time and money will allow.

Today, Saturday, we spent the day in the Mothership resting and letting our feet rest. We have pounded the concrete at least five miles every day of our stay here and the old joints don't work as well as they once did. We also had to get the Mothership ready to go and get this blog entry posted. Tomorrow we head for Boston where we will have a more relaxed exploration for eight days or so before Michelle heads back home.

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