Thursday, October 12, 2006

New York! New York!

If you want an energy boost, head to The Big Apple. Took a trip down there today for a little business and a little pleasure, including a short stop at the grand old lady of New York, the 102-story Empire State Building. I have never been to the top, so I stood in line for 20 minutes before realizing the trek up and down would cost me at least an hour and a half. I couldn't spare that, so I spent the time in the brew pub at the base of the building, eating dinner and sampling three glasses of Empire Beer with good friend Mike McAllister of Sports Illustrated. At left is a picture of the lobby. The long line to go to the top formed at the right. You could take an express trip to the top, bypassing the line. That's only 40 bucks. Capitalism, ya gotta love it. The energy in New York is something to behold. Almost was tempted to take in one of the three-minute street chess matches but passed. Had to get to Grand Central Station to catch the train back to New Haven, Conn. Here's one more shot of the Empire State Building from street level. Pretty impressive.

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