Family Trip to New York

On Saturday, 8/4/2007, we (Rose and I, and our three boys) took a family trip to New York City. Our main reason for going was to see Larry Norman in concert on Saturday night. But we had never been to the city before, so we decided to spend a day in the city together before the concert. I didn’t know what I would think of New York, but I really liked the city and had a great time.

Saturday morning we made the three hour drive from our home in Agawam, MA to New York City. We arrived in Manhattan around 11:00 a.m. and drove down the Hudson Parkway to the south end. There we drove past the site of the World Trade Center. It was very sobering to go past the site of this great tragedy and to remember the events that took place here in 2001.

World Trade Center - Ground Zero

From there we drove north back to Central Park and put the car in a parking garage for the rest of the day. We checked out the church where the concert was going to be held and then walked through the Parker Meridien hotel and out to Broadway Street.

When we turned to walk south on Broadway Street we were surprised to see that the entire street was blocked off to traffic for quite a few blocks. An open market was set up in the street, and people were milling around everywhere. Vendors lined the sides of the streets selling all sorts of food and merchandise. There were street musicians on every corner. It was a wonderful mix of people, culture and fun. We walked south through the market, browsing the vendors’ stands, stopping to listen to music, and purchasing some New York City hats for the kids.

Broadway Street - Open Market

Broadway Street - Ray and the boys

Broadway Street - Street Musicians from Peru

Next we walked through Times Square and enjoyed the giant movie posters and large video screens. I saw one guy walk past with a sandwich sign on his back that said, “Need money to get drunk.” At least he was honest. I wonder how many people actually gave him money?

Times Square

From there we walked to the Empire State Building. We had just walked 20 blocks in the summer heat, and it felt good to go inside someplace air-conditioned. We waited in three lines to go up to the top of the building – security, tickets, and then the elevator. It was about an hour and half wait to get to the top, but the time went quickly, and we were soon on the 86th floor observatory taking in the sights of the city. It was a little hazy, but overall a nice day for viewing.

Empire State Building - View of the City

Empire State Building - Ray and Rose

Empire State Building - View of the city and Central Park

(In the last photo above, the big green rectangle in the background is Central Park. The green you see is not grass, though. Those are the tops of the trees.)

From the Empire State Building we walked north on 5th Avenue back towards Central Park. We passed the Chrysler Building and stopped at Grand Central Station to rest and have a snack.

Grand Central Station

When we finally got to Central Park, we were exhausted from so much walking. So we just sat and enjoyed the park for a bit.

Ray and the boys “tired” in Central Park

It was a beautiful day and there were people everywhere – sitting and reading, strolling through the grounds, biking, rollerblading, playing in the sprinklers, etc. We walked through the park and found the statue of Balto, the lead sled dog who saved the children of Nome, Alaska from a diphtheria epidemic by delivering medicine in the winter of 1925.

Timmy and Balto

Finally, we headed back towards the church for the concert. We stopped at a restaurant for pizza, and then enjoyed the concert with Larry Norman. (I will post about the concert experience later.)

All in all it was a great day, but a very long one. We got up at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, and didn’t get home until close to 2:30 a.m. the next day. Still, it was a great day with lots of fun, family memories. I hope you enjoyed the pictures!

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7 Comments

  1. Jeff says:

    So Ray, was it you who used to tell me that when you worked in the city for Shepherd’s Crook Coffee house or you were on your way to Berklee that you would go past people asking for money to buy food and instead of giving them the money straight out of your wallet, you would have them follow you into an eating establishment and purchase them a Cheeseburger and a Coke. I am just curious how you handled Mr. Sandwich board! LOL

  2. Barrie says:

    Ray,
    Great travel story. Your family pictures were great. I did enjoy your trip although I would prefer a trip to Boston over New York City. I must admit though, the entertainment opportunities in NYC are great.

  3. Ray Fowler says:

    Jeff,

    When I went to college in Boston at Berklee, I often encountered people on the streets asking for money for food. I never felt comfortable giving them money, because I never knew where the money might go. So, instead I would invite them out to lunch with me.

    I usually took them to this great little soup-and-salad place on Newberry Street. On cold winter days we would each have a bowl of hot soup together. I would listen as they shared their stories with me, and (hopefully) they listened as I shared about Christ with them.

    But as far as Mr. Sandwich Board in the post above, no, I didn’t take him out for a drink! (Wise guy! 🙂 )

  4. Barrie says:

    Good answer about the Sandwich Board Ray.

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