Monday, June 15, 2009

One of the drawbacks to the Crowne Plaza was that it did not include breakfast. So, we scrounged up something to eat and then were on our way to the Elizabeth train station. About a half hour later, we were at New York’s Penn Station. We decided to take the subway out to Flushing Meadows, where the tennis US Open takes place. We got on the subway’s red line and thought we were heading to Times Square, where we would need to switch to the purple line when we asked and figured out we were heading south, instead of north. Oh, well. Change plans. We kept heading south and decided to see Ground Zero. As we walked, I tried to imagine what it must have been like nearly 8 years ago when the planes hit. I couldn’t even begin to wrap my head around it. A few blocks walk and we were to the hole in the city. It was strange to see such a large empty area with all the tall buildings all around it. They are starting to build new and we could view from platforms the construction work on the site. We walked all around the area and then headed back toward the subway. This time we got on the subway going the right direction and ended up at the Times Square station where to switched. On our way out to Flushing Meadows, we were entertained for a few minutes by a Mexican mariachi band. They were moving from car to car at each stop and playing for tips. Abby put a dollar in one of their hats. It was cute to see her foot tapping and Cade dancing while they played.
We got off at our stop by the New York Mets new stadium and walked on a boardwalk over to Corona Park. There was a hot dog stand and it smelled like lunch to me. So, we stopped and ate at a picnic table. Cade fell asleep instead. After lunch, we walked through the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and around the grounds of the tennis US Open. After that, we walked through the park to the Unisphere. If you’ve ever seen the US Open on tv, you would recognize it as the giant stainless steel globe that was built for the 1964 World Fair. It was pretty impressive. The kids played at a little playground, we got Cade a hot dog, and then it was time to get back on the subway and then the train back to Elizabeth station.
We ordered Perkin’s for supper and Dad walked to pick it up in the pouring rain. Yes, it rained about 15 minutes after we got back to the hotel. Luckily Perkins was only at the end of the block. We ate in the room and then Derek and the kids went swimming again. I took Cade up to the room and Mom and I shared a piece of fudgy wudgy chocolate cake from the cafe. Another night of cards after the kids fell asleep.


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