June 24, 2011

Lovin' The View

On our 4th day in the city, we REALLY needed to slow things down! Our legs were so sore! I'm sure we walked miles and miles every day. From our Brooklyn flat, we took a short stroll to the beautiful Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Although the spring flowers had already blossomed and the summer buds were not yet full, there were still plenty of sights to see and fragrances to smell.
 Lovely bed of shady ferns
Wildflower Garden

 Fanciful nasturtiums with their fascinating leaves
Colorful snapdragons I remember playing with in my grandmother's garden.

We then took a subway to an area called DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). This is an eclectic neighborhood of cobblestone streets undergoing revitalization. Besides art galleries, you can find the Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Ice Cream factory, and line up for the famous pizza at Grimaldi's. We ate pizza in DUMBO but not at Grimaldi's - the queue stretched an entire block! While in DUMBO, I took this shot of the Empire State Building framed by the Manhattan Bridge.
30 Rockefeller Center
Our final adventure of the day was a tour of the Top of the Rock. The view from the Observation Deck was just as exhilarating as the one from the Empire State Building. 
 The Joie Chandelier, designed by Swarovski, soars three floors over the Grand Atrium Lobby.
View of Central Park from the Observation Deck

Found this sweet guy to pose with me!

And this one, too!

Our final look over Manhattan as we said goodbye to Andrew and the Big Apple.

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