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Visiting the Big Apple

June 1, 2010 - Al Stephenson

The Mrs. and I spent the majority of Memorial Day weekend in New York City.  Though the main purpose of the visit was to take in Citi Field and Yankee Stadium to keep the hobby going, we also managed to do a little touring.

Over the next few days I would like to share some of our experiences with you.  For now I'd like to point out the two overwhelming thoughts that I have concerning life in the big city.

New York City has an amazing array of things to see and do.  You could stay for days and not run out of sites to take in.  If you choose to go though, you should be aware of two factors.

One is the fact that the Big Apple is teeming with people.  If you are bothered by big crowds this is not the place for you.  Though I felt safe amongst the throngs of folks, it certainly was nice to return to the more sedentary lifestyle of Tiffin.  New Yorkers are constantly on the move.  You have to be to fight the masses to get where you want to go.

The other fact is that the cost of living in NYC is staggering.  There are any number of bridges or tunnels that lead to the city and you will pay dearly to use them.  We paid more for parking and tolls than anywhere else we have matriculated to. 

The view from my seat (overlooking the World Trade Center site from a deli, gazing at Monument Park in Yankee Stadium, watching two cabbies verbally berate each other after a minor fender bender in Times Square - yes New York has it all!) would suggest that you take patience and money when visiting the Big Apple.

I would suggest that New York is a great place to visit and it is a much greater feeling to return home to Tiffin.


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