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Just wanted to share a few pics from our trip to the Big Apple this weekend, (8/6/11) This was our second trip to NYC, we had taken our two boys there five or six years ago, so we decided to take our youngest daughter, Rachel, to see the sights! We drove up on Friday morning and got to our hotel at around two in the afternoon, about a four hour drive. We stayed in New Jersey at the Hilton in Hackensack, it was cheap, rated four stars and was in a pretty decent nieghborhood. We then drove over to Liberty Island State Park to pay a visit to Lady Liberty. If you haven't seen the statue in person, then I highly recommend it. Saturday we parked in the Liberty Island State Park again ($10 for a safe place to leave the truck!) and caught the http://libertylandingferry.com/ to ride over to Manhattan, the ferry docks at the World Financial Center, to visit Ground Zero. The WTC site has changed a lot since our last visit as it is under heavy construction. The memorial and new tower are well under way but the site is hidden from view by construction barriers. Then we caught a cab uptown to Times Square, if you've never ridden in a New York Taxi it's quite a rush! I don't know how people drive in the city. Hung out in Times Square then walked down to Rockerfeller Plaza to see it, after that it was time to head back downtown, another wicked cab ride and back over to NJ. I'd wanted to go up the Empire State Building but time was short, the last ferry was 7:45 and we didn't want to push it. All in all a busy but fun 2 day trip.






















Staying in NJ and using the Ferry to get to Manhattan worked out really well for us, easy to get to and safe parking for the truck ( really important to me!) and that is the way we'll do it next time, which will probably when the WTC site is finished. We are planning on re-visiting the Flight 93 memorial next month, the first phase of the permanent memorial is scheduled to open on 9/11/11
 

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Bummer I wish I knew you were going to be in NYC area. I would have given you a nice tour and maybe a trip up to OCC.. But I was in your state all weekend in Carlisle.. Glad you had a good time and got out safe...:lol: Next time we will have to have a GTG at Rutt's Hut in Clifton,NJ (About 20 mins from the Hilton)
 

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Ha ha we had better weather than you! Wasn't really planned, not quite spur of the moment either, we didn't book the hotel until five minutes before leaving the house! That would have been nice, I remember passing through Clinton on I78. I will say the only drawback on the trip was I think I put 30,000 miles of wear and tear on my truck on the New Jersey Turnpike!
 

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Nice pic's Adam. Sounds like you had a good time.
 

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Sounds like a great time! And you're right about the NJ Turnpike, it's not exactly the autobahn lol. I know the Hackensack Hilton, it's just a few blocks from my mom's office. Also, White Manna in Hackensack would be another GTG spot.
 

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Man those are really good pics Adam
 
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