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A Girlfriends' New York Getaway Diary...


A Photo essay of Ground Zero...

groud zero

We walked in the area of Ground Zero. Since one picture is worth a 1000 words click here for our photo essay in tribute to the hallowed site and the many men who are rebuilding it.


A visit to Chinatown...

chinatownFrom Ground Zero we followed West Broadway towards Chinatown and Little Italy and veered off that thoroughfare when necessary. This proved to be an excellent way for meandering, people watching, window shopping, snacking, and soaking up the multi ethnic New York atmosphere.

In Chinatown the MacDonalds sports a Chinese sign, rhinestone encrusted wristwatches went from $15-20 on the street and shawls in every color of the rainbow went for $5 or $6. A stop in Pearl River Mart (477 Broadway) serves up a fabulous assortment of all items Chinese, and we're told that Tasty Dumpling (54 Mulberry Street, New York, NY‎) makes the best dumplings in town


Exploring Little Italy...

Little ItalyIn Little Italy it's all about the food and the warm, welcoming atmosphere. There is a sense of carnival with waiters standing on the sidewalk inviting you to choose 'their' establishment. We ate pizza at the Zagat approved S.P.Q.R. Italian Restaurant (133 Mulberry Street), and flirted with their friendly waiters.

We rested outside Caffe Roma (385 Broome Steet) known for their gelato, and then worked hard to resist buying a treat from the many carts on the street displaying mouthwatering Sicilian cannoli (tube-shaped fried dough filled with a sweet, creamy filling). Oh my goodness it was fun!


Museums and the New York City Pass...

Everyone knows that NYC is home to some of the world's best museums. Thank goodness for the CityPASSes that we were given to try because they came in so handy during the holiday weekend we were in the Big Apple. The Museum of Modern Art was a definite must-see for us and it turned out to be one of the six attractions on that CityPASS package.

We arrived at the MOMA to find a huge line-up of families on their Easter break waiting to buy their tickets. With our passes in hand we were able to skip the lineups and just breezed right in. The same was true at both the Guggenheim Museum and the Empire State Building as well. One of the other added perks was a lovely 15% Off All Day Savings Certificate at Bloomingdales. If you are a museum-going kind of Journeywoman, you might want to find out more about the New York City Pass at their website . It's a $146 value sold online for $79.


Fun facts about New York...

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum was the world’s first museum exclusively for kids.

fun factsAt 772 miles long, the New York City subway system is 81 miles longer than the state’s 641 mile thruway system.

Why are New York Yellow Cabs yellow? Because John Hertz, the company's founder, read a study that concluded yellow was the easiest color for the eye to spot.

When the Dutch still controlled the region, Wall Street was the citylimit and there was actually a wall there.

New York City's Chinatown is the largest Chinese enclave in the Western Hemisphere.

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum was the world’s first museum exclusively for kids.

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