A couple of weeks ago Jeff and I went to New York for a week for his company.
Jeff was voted to serve on the Agent Advisory Committee which includes a trip to the home office to work for a week with the executives of the company addressing concerns and suggestions from other agents in the field. I was happy for him to do it...not entirely because we got a trip to New York because of it ;)
There is Jeff in the middle....standing on a stool no doubt :)
We stayed at the Carlton hotel right in mid-town which was about 2 blocks from the home office, if even that. Very convenient for the agents and not too bad for us too. There were a few things that we were close enough to walk to.
Jeff and I took a flight out on Friday and got into the city at midnight prowling around for an open pizza joint since we didn't get any dinner on the plane. We finally found one!
We slept in a bit the next day and then went out to the city to see a bit before our New York Life dinner that evening.
I asked Jeff what he wanted to do knowing it would be his only chance to sight see. He said he wanted to see the 911 memorial. We tried the Subway but couldn't make our transfer because the train we were supposed to take was down for the weekend so we came out of the terminal and just walked around. I didn't remember this building last time...you can't tell very well but it's curvy all the way up.
Before we knew it we ran into this church, St. Pauls, which was the one who housed a lot of the rescue workers during the cleanup of the Twin Towers attacks. This church is the oldest building in New York in continuous use and they said their most recent ministry literally fell into their laps.
When the twin towers fell many used this church as a refuge and they fed and housed thousands of workers in the course the clean up efforts.
There were donated uniforms and a pile of patches, and an altar covered with the fliers of family members looking for missing loved ones after the towers fell.
There was also the pew of George Washington just under this painting. Even his pew was used as a bed...they figured he would've wanted it that way.
This painting was said to be the oldest known painting of our countries seal. They think it was influenced by Ben Franklin because he wanted our national bird to be the Wild Turkey and indeed the bird in this painting looks like a wild Turkey.
Even though this church was close in proximity to the fallen twin towers, not so much as a headstone was out of place!
We also went into the 911 memorial museum which showed a diorama of what the new complex will look like. There will be 7 buildings and so far only 1 is complete right now.
On the footprint of where the Twin Towers used to stand are 2 fountains that drop down and display all the names of the people that were killed during the attacks of the trade center, including the passengers of the 4 planes that went down.
Here is a picture of tower number 1 that will eventually be the tallest building in the US. They said that the mirrored section is about 1/2 way up what will eventually be it's completed height.
On the way as we were wandering we came across the Irish Hunger memorial. It was an interesting park and felt like a mini-Ireland there to remind us of the famine starting with the potato blight in 1845.
It had a great view of the harbor.
On the way to try and find a direct route back to where we wanted to go we came into this building.
I looked at what appeared to be an impressive sized chandelier...
and realized it was all made up of recycled plastic trash!
Jeff and I shared a Philly Cheese steak and sat and ate it at what I found out later was the sight of the Occupy Wall street movement. (Glad they were already done with their occupying)
Then on to Times Square.
Little crowded but it always it. We bought shirts for the kids in Aeropastel and M&Ms at the giant M&M store...much cheaper to just buy a bag of them, and then went back to get ready for dinner that night.
At the dinner we reconnected with old friends and met some new ones. Here is Jill that we see at district events! She was friendly and helpful the whole trip.
The next morning dawned bright and early and while the husbands went to start their work we us wives headed down to Rockefeller
Plaza to get a tour of NBC studios.
The paintings inside the building are a little creepy if you ask me.
We couldn't take any pictures on the tour but we got to learn more about NBC studios and see the sets of Dr. OZ, Jimmy Falon and Saturday Night Live. It was pretty interesting and it brought back memories of when we did the TV show there :)
Here is our group shot of going on "Top of the Rock" or the top of Rockefeller center.
It was raining pretty good when we got up there.
I ended up buying an umbrella and just tried to enjoy the rain.
We didn't stay on the roof long....you can see the gold dome of New York Life glowing in the background even through the rain.
Out of the rain and eating lunch.
I have to say the food was great at every meal all week and I enjoyed getting to know each person that I got to sit next to while we ate.
On the way home I walked with a couple of the wives and checked out St. Patrick's cathedral. It's being renovated so it wasn't a good time to get a picture of the outside.
The inside was pretty impressive.
Right around the corner nestled in between all the skyscrapers was another church on a much smaller scale that we checked out.
As we walked Tasha, Heather and I would stop in stores if we thought something looked interesting and took our time getting back to the hotel.
I came back soaked and had about an hour to get ready for that night's dinner. We went on a harbor dinner cruise. Great idea just not quite as enjoyable because it was pouring rain. Luckily we could choose to be inside the whole time.
Here are the two ladies that helped make the week's fun stuff possible for us.
Jeff and Vern, one of the guys on his team.
Our view of the Brooklyn Bridge....
and New York Life again.
Jeannie and Chris Battersby
Deb and Vern Brakke
Saranne and Michael Broderick
Our finale was boating by the Statue of Liberty. Jeff poked his head out to try and get a decent picture. Even she doesn't look too excited about the rain.