New York

The Vasilik's take a trip to New York City with Sylvia's mother, Inge.

Our hotel in New York City was the Park Lane Hotel, right across from Central Park. We were able to wander around Central Park a lot.Peter really loved climbing on the rocks

This skyscraper under construction is the skinniest I've ever seenWe had a little easter treasure hunt in the hotel room. The hunt was much more fun than the candies that they found.

The Heckscher playground in Central Park

My mom, on the swing

Really nice sounding group, at the Bethesda TerraceThis lady was making gigantic bubbles, and collecting donations

At the model boat pond. We met a guy who made a very accurate model of a boat that he found in an anime cartoon. He let both Peter and Kenny control it.

These are some other models built by the same guyAt the Alice in Wonderland statue - pretty crowded!

A huge pile of plowed snow, melting.

Sheep MeadowAt the FAO Schwartz store

Along the High Line park

Lots of construction going on nearby - from the billboards, it seems like living close to the High Line park is very popular

The lines, people waiting to get to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. We passed.Instead, we took the Staten Island Ferry. Still had some good views, and it was free!

The 9/11 memorial in Staten Island. Lots of firefighters and police officers were from Staten Island.

The view on the way back from Staten IslandAt the 9/11 memorial in Manhatten

View from the dining area at our hotel, where they had a little reception every day at 5. Great place to hang out for a while

At Grand Central StationAt the Rockefeller Center

View towards Central ParkView towards the Statue of Liberty

Peter in front of the Empire State Building

Deliveries were big business at the Turkish restaurant we had lunch atAt the New York Public Library, there was a roving art cart for kids, where Peter made lots of things.

We walked to the nearest Whole Foods, at Columbus Circle, for some breakfast items. I've never seen a grocery store that crowded.

The animal show at the Bronx Zoo

Walking towards the New York Botanical Garden, where I met Brian Boom, who I worked for 25 years ago. Things looked vaguely familiar.

One of the plants I collected at the El Verde Research Station, 25 years ago!

This one happened to be out as well - a plant collected on Captain Cook's voyage by Joseph BanksOne of the workrooms at the botanical gardens, that I spent a lot of time in

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Walked by the Alice in Wonderland statue again...this time it was far less crowdedAt the Musuem of Natural History.

There were far too many exhibits like this oneTimes Square. We had enough pretty quickly.

A street artist, using some special spray paint techniques to create outer-space type images.

A beautiful sunny day in Central ParkBelvedere Castle

Peter and Kenny both spent time in emptied fountains, looking for coins. They were usually pretty successfulOn the Brooklyn Bridge

At the United Nations, cross stitch portraits of the various heads

At Bryant Park, behind the New York Public LIbraryThere were also ping pong tables

The elevator at the Apple Store