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26: New York (revisiting)

Monday, May 16th, 2011

When you hear the name “New York”, you usually think of New York City – but geographically, New York City is merely a small part of New York State. Because New York State stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Canadian border, any circuit of the 48 contiguous United States has to pass through New York (and also New Hampshire) twice. On my trip, I passed through New York State a second time while returning westward from Vermont.

I drove westward along Interstate 90 through upstate New York, passing through the cities of Saratoga Springs, Utica, Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo. This region of the country has traditionally relied upon milling and manufacturing, and so has struggled economically in recent years as those industries have declined. I saw several closed factories as I drove along I-90.

As I drove though this region, I encountered the first significant period of bad weather on this trip. (Prior to this, I had experienced just a few hours of light rain in Maryland and Maine.) The rain started as I drove westward, and became persistent as I passed through Buffalo (and later, Pennsylvania and Ohio). It was also unusually cold for Spring: about 46 degrees F (8 degrees C).

(Weather was also big news elsewhere in the country, with the Mississippi River seeing record flooding. Several parts of Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Louisiana that I had visited a month ago are now underwater.)

Old mill, Rock City Falls

"The World's Smallest Church", near Oneida

"Anchor Bar" in Buffalo, where "Buffalo Wings" were invented

Buffalo City Hall

Because of the rain, I gave up on my original plan to visit Niagara Falls (which is not far from Buffalo). I had already visited Niagara Falls – from the Canadian side – in 1990. By most accounts, the view of the falls from the Canadian side is better.

26: New York

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Although I moved to the U.S. in 1980, it wasn’t until 2007 that I first got to visit its largest city. When I finally visited New York City, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it.

As in 2007, I got to visit New York City in the Spring, which many people consider to be the best time to visit the city.

Times Square at night

Apple Store, 5th Avenue

Grand Central Station

View of the IAC building from High Line Park, at dusk

The replacement for the World Trade Center - under construction

On this trip, I also got to visit the Statue of Liberty for the first time. I got to climb up to the top of the pedestal at the base of the statue, but didn’t get to climb up into the statue itself. (It is possible to climb up to the crown (on top of the statue’s head), but tickets for this are very scarce, and need to be booked months in advance.) Close up, the statue looked surprisingly large. (Strictly speaking, the Statue of Liberty is in New Jersey; but everyone thinks of it as being a New York landmark.)

Looking up at the Statue of Liberty from the top of the pedestal

At the Statue of Liberty