Our 2011 Road Trip #8: Shadows of the Empire

Anne + ESB!

Tourist Anne can tourist like no tourist ever touristed before. I love you, Tourist Anne!

[The very special miniseries continues! See Part One for the official intro and context.]

“See the Empire State Building!” all the travel guides say. “Ride to the top of the Empire State Building!” they say. “The Empire State Building was in good movies! See NYC from the Empire State Building! Empty your wallet inside Empire State Building!” Getting a scenic view of Manhattan is a must, but the Empire State Building isn’t the only skyscraper in town. And what luck that we had one next door with public elevator access…for a price.

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Our 2011 Road Trip, Part 6: “Today” is the Greatest

Today Show!

Back in my day, we woke up every morning to Bryant Gumbel and Indiana’s own Jane Pauley, and we liked it.

[The very special miniseries continues! See Part One for the official intro and context.]

DAY THREE — Monday, July 11, 2011.

Monday morning was our first time aboard a genuine NYC subway. Indianapolis fails in its lack of public transportation options, but we were no strangers to the concept. I first rode the Chicago El back in 1993, and the three of us had a pleasant experience aboard Washington DC’s Metro in 2003. Based on our experiences throughout our stay, the MTA has done a fine job of keeping the lines safe, clean, and consistently running. Rarely did we find any station approaching the level of cesspool squalor that movies, TV, and comics promise as the status quo.

First scheduled stop: Rockefeller Center, As Seen On TV!

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