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A Visit To NYC To See The 3 Cunard Queens- Part 4

Sun Jan 27, 2008 4:26 pm

Monday January 14, 2008.

This was going to be my last day of this 3 days trip so I wanted to make as much of it as possible. I was up and ready in the early morning. I got all my things together, checked out of my room and had my baggage soted safely.

My original goal was to go visit Concorde G-BOAD at her temporary location at Floyd Bennet Field down Flatbush + Nostrand Avenue in far distant Brooklyn. The last news I heard is that she was not being properly taken care of with even a shattered cockpit window so I wanted to go and see what the reality was. I had someone at the hostel call the museum but who ever answered the phone said they were closed on Mondays. I will have no chance to see her this time.

Like the day before, I had bought a subway/bus pass for the day at the hostel's travel shop. The weather forecast was for snow but there was no snow on sight. It was cloudy and cold but dry. I walked outside and across Amsterdam Avenue to 103rd Street and then down Broadway back to my favourite café for breakfast.



The place was busy with people on their way to work. There were a lot of take our orders. I sat at the counter and ordered breakfast which I ended with my favourite thing: that big slice of cheesecake with coffee.



They do have some good pastries in that place, always freshly made and delicious.



After breakfast I took the bus down Broadway and made some shopping stops. I wasn't going to take back the usual tourist items. First, I bought some dried fruit.



My second stop was at Zabar's, at the corner 80th Street & Broadway. I love Zabar's!

http://www.zabars.com/

This is definitely a great place. I do not know any equivalent over here. I bought a stack of New York Sharp Cheddar cheese. This place has every imaginable cheese from around the world, and not only cheese. They have got lots of other specialty and gourmet foods from the world over.






Then I walked a few blocks down to get me to Fairway Market to buy some yummy Vermont maple syrup. Taking pictures at Fairway was literally impossible. This is another fabulous place with lots of great foods but the space is very tight. This is their website to give you an idea.

http://www.fairwaymarket.com/index.cfm?Area=departments

I hopped again on the M104 down to 66th Street. My stop this time was right across from the Lincoln Center.

http://www.lincolncenter.org/



I wanted to get the season's programs for the different theaters.

The New York State Theater: home of the New York City Opera and New York City Ballet (left side building), the Avery Fisher Hall: home of the New York Philharmonic (right side building) and last but not least the Metropolitan Opera House (in the center), the famous "Met" home of all the world's greatest Opera performers all through the years. Tthe Met moved to its current home at Lincoln Center in 1966.

This is the Met outside with the theater hall inside:










After I had picked up all my brochures and programmes I walked down to Columbus Circle (59th Street) on the edge of Central Park. I wanted to check out the Warner Center which I had seen from the bus the day before.



I have never been in there before. This is quite a piece of architecture and property and is owned by Time Warner. The place has shops, spa and health club, restaurants, condominium apartments, a hotel (Mandarin Oriental) and office space. Amazing!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_Warner_Center







I had only a couple of hours left to go around the city. I wanted to go down to Macy's to get a couple more little things to take home. I already had the other goodies to carry and take home so my shopping in the famous department store was going to be limited.

I hopped back on the bus right outside the Warner Center only this time it was a different line. On my way, I went through Times Square with its colourful neon lights and signs that are on even during day time.






I got to Macy's, rushed to the section where I could find what I needed and I was right out. The sale was on with some good discounts but I did not buy anything more than what I needed. I am sure there was some great deals but I had no time to look.



Before going on the Subway for a quick ride back to Uptown Manhattan, I took a peek at the Empire State Building and said goodbye to this bustling neighborhood.



I had to go back to my temporary residence to pick up my baggage and hop in the Subway again. I had to get to JFK to check in for my Singapore Airlines late evening flight back to Frankfurt. Time runs too fast, especially in a great city like New York.

There is no city like New York City!

This ends Part 4 of my trip report: A Visit To NYC To See The 3 Cunard Queens.
Part 5 will come soon with the flights back home.
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RE: A Visit To NYC To See The 3 Cunard Queens- Part 4

Sun Jan 27, 2008 6:12 pm

Great TR

The pics are good.

Have you every flown with the Concorde ever??


Thank you for sharing

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RE: A Visit To NYC To See The 3 Cunard Queens- Part 4

Sun Jan 27, 2008 7:23 pm



Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
This ends Part 4 of my trip report: A Visit To NYC To See The 3 Cunard Queens.

Great . . .

Have a look at this site . . . there are some wild photos of the EQ2 and QV making their way across the pond . . . also their arrival in NYC . . .

http://www.maritimematters.com/shipnewspics.html

Scroll down past the photos of the former SS Norway/SS France being demolished . . .
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RE: A Visit To NYC To See The 3 Cunard Queens- Part 4

Sun Jan 27, 2008 8:20 pm

Bonsoir, Madame Concorde,

another great part of your New York story.

I liked all these city details, thanx for posting

and best regards,

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RE: A Visit To NYC To See The 3 Cunard Queens- Part 4

Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:15 pm

Poor SS/France. This is a tragedy... Ever since the first time she was sold I had the feeling it would be the end.  Sad
She was such a great ocean liner in her days of glory...  crying 

Elizabeth and Victoria team crossing must have been really nice despite that horrendous weather they had at some point during the crossing. I had no idea that they were sailing so close to each other. This is when you notice how good they are. I would trust Elizabeth the most. She takes big storms very well. I would not want to be sailing with Mary in extreme weather. She is known for not having the best stability.

The three ships will be in Monte Carlo (too small a harbour for them to dock) at different times during the Summer of 08. Elizabeth will be here for only one visit while Mary and Victoria will be visiting twice. They come in the early morning and they generally leave by 7.00 PM. They stay out but not too far.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 2):
Have a look at this site . . . there are some wild photos of the EQ2 and QV making their way across the pond . . . also their arrival in NYC . . .

http://www.maritimematters.com/shipn....html

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RE: A Visit To NYC To See The 3 Cunard Queens- Part 4

Sun Jan 27, 2008 11:05 pm

MadameConcorde, you make NYC seem so different. I visited in April 2007 and am really eager to go back there. I think thatwhen I do Im gonna try and do some of the things you have done

Looking forward to part 5
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RE: A Visit To NYC To See The 3 Cunard Queens- Part 4

Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:31 am



Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
My original goal was to go visit Concorde G-BOAD at her temporary location at Floyd Bennet Field down Flatbush + Nostrand Avenue in far distant Brooklyn. The last news I heard is that she was not being properly taken care of with even a shattered cockpit window so I wanted to go and see what the reality was. I had someone at the hostel call the museum but who ever answered the phone said they were closed on Mondays. I will have no chance to see her this time.

Concorde is part of the USS Intrepid Museum which is currently being refurbished. It is slated to reopen on Veterans Day (10 November 2008 I think). I visited it in March 2005 (the day after I retired from AA). There was no line and I could spend as much time in it as I wanted. The seats had plastic partitions so I couldn't sit in them and the cockpit was open but there was also a plastic partition. I could walk around the plane..the engines had been removed to lessen the weight. Inside the ship there was a movie on Concorde and how it was brought to the USS Intrepid Museum. It was all a very nice tribute to Concorde.
But none of that will beat BA 001 LHR-JFK on which I was privileged to fly 3 February 1999. Sadly I will never get to repeat this flight.
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RE: A Visit To NYC To See The 3 Cunard Queens- Part 4

Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:07 am

Awesome! I got some great ideas for my trip in March, the first time I will visit NYC to actually visit NYC. I can't wait, and am going to take advantage of these few months to carefully plan things I want to do so I can make use of every minute. My sister goes to school there, so the trip is actually to visit her, but I just want to go to EAT!
 
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RE: A Visit To NYC To See The 3 Cunard Queens- Part 4

Tue Jan 29, 2008 8:56 am

I lost all my pictures!!  Angry

This Photobucket image hosting site is a real problem. They ruin my trip reports, it happened with the A380 trip reports and now it is happening again with this one. They always want us to subscribe to their offers to get our accounts back.
They are ugly!  Angry

Any help with a photo hosting site that won't do this will be most appreciated. Thanks a lot in advance. I don't ever want to use Photobucket again.  Angry


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Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:12 pm



Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 8):
Any help with a photo hosting site that won't do this will be most appreciated. Thanks a lot in advance. I don't ever want to use Photobucket again. Angry

I have always used this one: www.tinypic.com
It's never had bandwidth problems. You can still see pictures on all of my trip reports. They haven't gone away...
 
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RE: A Visit To NYC To See The 3 Cunard Queens- Part 4

Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:39 pm



Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 8):
I lost all my pictures!!

This Photobucket image hosting site is a real problem. They ruin my trip reports, it happened with the A380 trip reports and now it is happening again with this one. They always want us to subscribe to their offers to get our accounts back.
They are ugly!

Any help with a photo hosting site that won't do this will be most appreciated. Thanks a lot in advance. I don't ever want to use Photobucket again.


This is the message I received from them.

Attention MadameConcorde

You have exceeded the 25 GB monthly bandwidth limit on your free
Photobucket account. As such, your image and video links have been
temporarily disabled. You images and videos have not been deleted but
will be reactivated on the 12th of the month, when your bandwidth
usage resets to zero.

If you'd like to re-activate your links right away, you can upgrade toa Photobucket
Pro account for FREE by clicking on this offer.

I had the same problem with them on my NYC trip report back in April. Ive been looking around for different providers as well

fingers crossed someone can help
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RE: A Visit To NYC To See The 3 Cunard Queens- Part 4

Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:42 pm

Thank you very much for your tip!  Smile
Will look right now.

Quoting Buck3y3nut (Reply 9):

I have always used this one: www.tinypic.com
It's never had bandwidth problems. You can still see pictures on all of my trip reports. They haven't gone away...

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