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An Apple a Day...
Secret Capital. The United States' most famous metropolis and secret capital has been often celebrated in songs from Frank Sinatra's hymn "(I want to be a part of it) New York, New York" to Udo Juergens' musical confession "I was never to New York (I was never really free)." Coming from the "land of apple strudel," it had been a special honor to visit New York City, in line with the old saying: "There are many apples on a tree, but there is only one Big Apple!" The flight over already had been an adventure. A friend arranged for my boy and me to visit the cockpit and chat with the two pilots for a bit about that "highway" in the air of more than a thousand planes a day crossing the Atlantic ocean. By coincidence a cousin was on the same plane on her way to Florida. And then we woke up in "the city that never sleeps" on a hot July morning, looking for sights.
Liberty Island. As Miss Liberty spotted us again after so many years, her face turned a slightly darker shade of green. The interior of the Statue of Liberty had been constructed by Gustave Eiffel. Ever since it was unveiled in 1886 in New York harbor, it has been a symbol for freedom. Emma Lazarus' poem that is engraved in a bronze plate in the pedestal of the statue states it all: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..." Breathtaking for sure is also the view at and from the Empire State Building, landmark of New York City, epitome of a skyscraper, and with 1,454 ft (443 m) the tallest building of the world from 1931 to 1972.
Brooklyn Bridge, spanning the East River, connects Manhattan with Brooklyn or the other way round. Characterized by its two Neo-Gothic towers, as one of the oldest suspension bridges it was completed in the year 1883. This time we crossed it coming from Brooklyn in order to have a good view at the downtown skyline. And so we could cross another to-do off our list!
Sights & Heights. Among the many sights to see there would be the Flatiron Building on Fifth Avenue, the Freedom Tower of the One World Trade Center built on Ground Zero (nowadays NYC's tallest building with 1,776 ft resp. 541 m), and St. Patrick's Cathedral, undergoing a major renovation and still tucked between skyscapers that would easily supersede its steeple.
On Broadway. Walking with the crowd in midtown Manhattan through the bright neon lights from the Hard Rock Cafe to the Disney and M&M stores there was a certain magic in the air. The song "On Broadway" echoed in our ears, as we passed by the famous Broadway theaters. Not to mention what we felt while crossing Central Park (and the nearby Guggenheim Museum) and the High Line, a park built on an elevated former railroad track in lower West Manhattan.
Eat Fast. The Rockefeller Center with its bronze Prometheus statue surely reminded me of meeting an old friend on my first time over. The kids were excided by the nearby Nintendo World store. Just around the corner from Brooklyn Bridge, a pizza place displayed newly discovered quotes by John Wayne and Clint Eastwood on the wall. They included an insisting "Dead or alive! I want a chicken" and the ultimate advice: "Eat fast! Or else!"
Heroes Gathering. A reunion brought us together with a friend, whom we hadn't seen for ages. Close by the world's largest Macy's store, our boy ran into the three superheroes Iron Man, War Machine and Spidey. One word led to another and after a brief battle they surrendered. Then it was time to say good-bye again to the Big Apple  right after that very last coffee in Soho...
Next enjoy some Bootcamping in London.
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