The Big Apple is a moniker for NYC popularized by John FitzGerald in the 1920s, and New York obviously derives its nickname from the Empire State Building right? Wrong, it's the other way round, the Empire State actually came first, acquired in recognition of its vast wealth and variety of resources .
Meeting our Atlanta host at at the shopping mall where the World Journal Bookstore is located.
At Courtyard Marriot, Jersey City, our temporary abode during our NYC trip. Since then, we have always stayed at the Marriot chain of hotels, trying to accumulate points for some free nights' stay in the future.
At the entrance to the PATH WTC terminal station. To the left and cordoned off is the reconstruction site of Ground Zero.
At the World Journal Bookstore on Broadway Avenue, Manhattan. Wify bought several chinese brush painting books by Chung-lin Yi at 20% discount lodged in the brown beg I was carrying.
This is as high as Wify would get to see "eye-to-eye" with a bird perched at the top of Empire State Building.
At the edge of Chinatown, NYC, along Canal Street.
Wify and CE "scaled" the Empire State Building, starting from the ground as shown. The red open-top double-decker bus is the Hop-on-Hop-off, a favorite among tourists while we prefer to explore on foot.
The Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island captured from the top of the Empire State Building.
Honey, I shrunk the Empire State Building!
The Chrysler Building, another iconic structure that dots the NYC skyscape, captured similarly.
The iron grill fencing that surrounds the observation deck at the top of the Empire State Building makes it seem safe even for the weak hearted, whom CE obviously is not.