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September 5, 2005
From journal Marshall Creek
Jacksonville, North Carolina
September 9, 2004
From journal A Week in Pennsylvania
Riverview, New Brunswick
September 29, 2003
So much has been read and written about Ground Zero that one wonders if one is now immune to the to the terrible events here. But the site has a poignancy--it cuts deeply. Then it’s down Fulton Street to South Street Seaport.
I hadn’t expected anything like the South Street Seaport with old buildings converted to shops and restaurants, a harbour with tall ships and beautiful views up the river toward the Brooklyn Bridge. It is a nice place to catch one’s breath and have lunch. We rejoin our bus and drive through Chinatown to Midtown Manhattan. We are dropped off on 42nd Street and with a map and a suggested route of march and we are left on our own for about three hours.
Three hours is enough to get a snapshot impression of the city that we have read so much about. Around the corner is Times Square and then it’s up Seventh Avenue to go to the Rockefeller Center on 49th Street. Then to Saks Fifth Avenue. It’s time to reaffirm that one does, indeed, live in squalor–-conditions that the average customer in this store would barely recognize. I fear I have "tourist" written all over me, and it's in foot-tall caps (or is this like Harrods where most of the people are tourists?).
Then it’s across the street to visit Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. It is huge and a treat. Having seen so many European cathedrals, I could only observe that it was clean. We’re on Fifth Avenue now, and the world is our oyster--Tiffany’s, Trump Plaza, F.A.O. Schwartz--then we see Central Park. After mingling with the wealthy in front of the Plaza, we move to Sixth Street (the Avenue of the Americas). Back to 42nd Street and the bus to return to Shawnee.
We have survived our initiation to New York and we are pleased with the whole experience. We shall return.
From journal Travelling in Eastern Pennsylvania