This city is so amazing. It is huge. Constantly in motion and people are everywhere. Taxis fill the streets and I have to admit it is very clean, organized and well-run. Mexico City should be so lucky.
On the downside of all this, everything is very expensive especially when compared to Mexico. You can do just about anything on the cheap if you want but there are times when you don't always want to do that. They sell food on the street. One taco costs $2, rice and falafel $6. We were with our host yesterday and we stopped for a coffee to warm up. Three coffees, a small wedge of carrot cake and a small (small means minature here) brownie came to $16, at a small corner-to-go cafe.
As you can see from the panorama, the views are incredible. Again, big is the only word we can use to describe the city. On the deck, every language possible can be heard. Everyone pointing at someone and then their camera in an attempt to get you take their picture for them. Everyone reciprocates and you can then ask them where they are from. We met French, Italians, Bangladeshi, Spaniards, Chinese, Russians and the list goes on. Today the winds were high, the air ice cold but we braved it and stayed up top for about half an hour.
This is the lobby, and the last chance to get a picture taken. As you leave the elevator, there is a glass-enclosed walkway where you see New Yorkers coming and going from the building and getting off and on the elevators.
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We did a walk-through of KMart at Penn Station, Macy's and then headed off to Tiffany's. I really wanted to get my picture taken there. Yesterday we ran out of battery, turns out the outlet I was charging on was dead. The diamonds are beautiful along with all the other stones, their shapes and designs.
We stopped for a bite to eat at Joe's Shangai on 56th St. Very nice place, small, quaint and expensive. We had hot and sour soup and some spring rolls. But I will go back there for steamed dumplings, but in the evening because that seems to be the atmosphere.
Off we went headed home where we stopped to take a picture of the brownstone where we are staying. Thanks Norb, he has been a very gracious host. More on his flat later next week.