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New York City - 2016 December 20 - 29

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For more than thirty years we spent Christmas in Blackpool staying with Lesley's mother, Margaret. Now sadly Margaret is lying in a care home with severe dementia.
George is doing his own thing so in 2015 we decided to spend a few days in Weymouth over Christmas. This was fine except that on Christmas Day we could not find anywhere for lunch.
So for 2016, I decided that we would stick to the seaside theme but go to a seaside place where we would be sure of finding food on Christmas Day. New York City sprang to mind.
2016-12-31 18:42:31 Fr:norwegian787 Sq:2010
A Norwegian Air Shuttle Dreamliner took us from Gatwick to JFK. I had not realised that food on cheap air flights is now an optional, chargeable extra so we had to starve for eight hours.
On our USA trip in 2012 we had to queue for 90 minutes to get through US immigration. This time it was only about 75 minutes but despite that we got to our hotel before midnight local time.

Songs mentioning New York and mainly concerned with transportation.

First impressions
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My first and ongoing reaction to New York City is: I have seen all this in the movies. I already knew that the "Bronx is up and the Battery’s down" - important because it is the reverse of British usage where you go "up" to London.
This is the view if you climb out on to the fire escape of our hotel.
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In fact there are a lot of dogs in New York and most of their owners seem responsible
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These fire escapes look like they were afterthoughts but they were probably part of the original design
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Possibly a sewer vent
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Outside Schatzie Prime Meats on Broadway just up from 101st Street
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Looking up Broadway from the corner of 102nd Street. Our hotel is at the centre of this photo
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Cropped out of the previous image. The Marrakech Hotel at 2588 Broadway on the corner of 103rd street. I assume the hotel occupies all four of the upper floors of this building and there is no elevator! Fortunately we were on what the Americans call the second floor.

Cathedral Church of St John the Divine
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Just south of the cathedral: the Peace_Fountain by Greg Wyatt in the West 111th Street People's Garden
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New York delights in superlatives. This claims to be the biggest Anglican cathedral in the world.
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The choir parapet of notable figures from each century since the birth of Christ here we see, from right to left: 14xx Christopher Columbus, 15xx Galileo, 16xx Shakespeare, 17xx George Washington and 18xx Abraham Lincoln. The parapet was installed in 1922 and they left the last niche empty until the century had ended.
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When that happened, they could not agree on a single person so they gave us this interesting quartet: Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, Susan B. Anthony (American social reformer and women's rights activist born into a Quaker family) and Mohandas Gandhi.
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