Friday, December 26, 2008

The Manhattan Sites

Noelle and I woke up early this morning, 5:45 to be exact for a drive north on the New Jersey Turnpike to Elizabeth, New Jersey. We would park the car in our hotel's parking lot, then walk a few blocks to the North Elizabeth train station where we would hop on a train to Penn Station. Well, our plan went off without a hitch. We were in Manhattan by 9:30. At Penn Station, we bought a Metro Pass and hopped on the Subway north into the Bronx. We got off at the last station Dyer Avenue, then walked a few blocks north into Mount Vernon, New York where we visited Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site.
It was certainly a neat place. The church was built in the 1700s and the cemetery contains some very old headstones.
Old Grave
Perhaps the coolest thing about our visit was going up into the old steeple where we saw the old church bell
St. Paul's Bell
and were offered a commanding view of the Bronx and the northern suburbs.

After our tour of Saint Paul's, we hopped back on the 5 train south to Battery Park. After lunch at Chipotle, we checked out Castle Clinton, Federal Hall,
Washington Watches Over the NYSE
and the African Burial Ground.
African Burial Ground
Then we headed north to Times Square where we ate dinner at the Heartland Brewery before our show: the Lion King at the Minskoff Theater.
Noelle and the Lion King
It was a long day, and we were quite tired afterwards, but we had a great time. The show was amazing. After the Lion King was over we walked to Penn Station and took the train back to North Elizabeth. We checked into our hotel and fell asleep as soon as our heads hit our pillows.  

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