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New York - Day 3

The New York Greeter

Last night we really enjoyed Stomp. If I had known in advance it had 8 performers who used percussion involving everyday objects such as brooms, garbage cans and paper and not a single word was spoken I would have been reluctant to attend. In fact, it was all these things but was energetic, humorous, clever and very entertaining.
Stomp

Stomp

Cast members from Stomp

Cast members from Stomp

Returning home late on the subway was not a problem. It was safe and there were crowds of people around. They say it is a city that never shuts down. We were amazed by the piles of black garbage bags and rubbish stockpiled on the footpaths for later collection. Where does all this rubbish go?

After a wonderful performance of Stomp last night at the Orpheum Theatre, this morning we met up with our Big Apple Greeter. Big Apple Greeter is a non-profit organization that matches visitors with friendly and enthusiastic New Yorkers who are happy to share the city they love with families, friends, and individuals traveling solo. A visit with a Greeter leaves a lasting impression of the city, the warmth of its people, and the energy and diversity of its neighborhoods, which each visitor carries forever and communicates to others.

The New Yorkers who serve as Greeters are all volunteers, come from varied backgrounds and can welcome visitors in over 20 languages. Greeters and visitors are matched according to language, neighborhoods requested, and interests, when possible.
We were extremely fortunate to be allocated Gordon Suber a New Yorker of 25 years. What Gordon doesn't know about New York isn't worth knowing. Gordon said he has a choice of who he greets so he exercises this option.
Big Apple Greeter Gordon Suber and Colleen

Big Apple Greeter Gordon Suber and Colleen

Gordon met us at our hotel and from there we went to Columbia University at Upper West Side then downtown to East Village. We took the subway Uptown to 116th Street where we walked around the village and walked though the grounds of Columbia University.
Subway 42nd Street

Subway 42nd Street


Street scene 116th street outside Columbia University

Street scene 116th street outside Columbia University


Columbia University Library

Columbia University Library

High ground near Columbia University used by George Washington as headquarters against the British Army

High ground near Columbia University used by George Washington as headquarters against the British Army

Along the way, we came across the restaurant made famous through the Seinfeld series.
street scene Greenwich West Village

street scene Greenwich West Village

street scene Greenwich West Village

street scene Greenwich West Village

Gordon and Colleen admiring two of the oldest houses in Greenwich Village

Gordon and Colleen admiring two of the oldest houses in Greenwich Village

old off Broadway theatre in west village of Greenwich Village

old off Broadway theatre in west village of Greenwich Village


Smallest house in NY - 9 feet wide sold for more than 2.2 million

Smallest house in NY - 9 feet wide sold for more than 2.2 million

After lunch in a small pizza place which has won best pizza in New York for the last three years we went to Chinatown and Little Italy. This Pizerria has been voted the best pizza for the last three years in New York. The walls inside were adorned with many celebrities who had eaten there.
Bleecker street Pizerria - best Pizza in New York

Bleecker street Pizerria - best Pizza in New York


Scene that greets the visitor leaving the subway for Chinatown

Scene that greets the visitor leaving the subway for Chinatown

Chinese supermarket fresh fish

Chinese supermarket fresh fish

Chinese supermarket - the tubs in the foreground hold whole frogs which are soon to be seperated from their legs

Chinese supermarket - the tubs in the foreground hold whole frogs which are soon to be seperated from their legs

Chinese Pharmacy complete with abacus and scales

Chinese Pharmacy complete with abacus and scales


It seems people do drink tea here in Manhattan

It seems people do drink tea here in Manhattan

Empire State Building seen from Chinatown

Empire State Building seen from Chinatown

We then went to Ground Zero and the near completed One World Trade Centre Building.

One World Trade Centre nearly complete with St Paul's Church on left

One World Trade Centre nearly complete with St Paul's Church on left


One World Trade Centre nearly complete

One World Trade Centre nearly complete


St Paul's Church

St Paul's Church

St Paul's Church

St Paul's Church

St Paul's Church

St Paul's Church

St Paul's Church Graveyard

St Paul's Church Graveyard


Dark building was under construction in Sept 2001 beside Twin Towers

Dark building was under construction in Sept 2001 beside Twin Towers

We visited the Financial District also known as Wall Street.
Wall Street, Financial District

Wall Street, Financial District

narrow streets around Wall Street

narrow streets around Wall Street

New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street

New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street

George Washington was inaugurated here on Wall Street

George Washington was inaugurated here on Wall Street

Generator trailers still used in buildings being restored after Super Storm Sandy

Generator trailers still used in buildings being restored after Super Storm Sandy


Garden area on Broadway

Garden area on Broadway


Colleen and Gordon jay walking in Financial District

Colleen and Gordon jay walking in Financial District

After stopping for a beer/coke at Fraunces Tavern we then caught the subway back to Times Square.
Fraunces Tavern scene of George Washington's farewell to his army after war with British

Fraunces Tavern scene of George Washington's farewell to his army after war with British

Fraunces Tavern scene of George Washington's farewell to his army after war with British

Fraunces Tavern scene of George Washington's farewell to his army after war with British

The Whisky Bar at Fraunces Tavern

The Whisky Bar at Fraunces Tavern

We can't wait until the hop on hop off buses tomorrow so we can explore these neighbourhoods in more depth. Thanks, Gordon for a wonderful day of sightseeing in New York.

Posted by Kangatraveller 18:23

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