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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

OGA Road Trip Day 3 Summary

Day 3 of the OGA Road Trip (SUN 12 OCTOBER) was a non-hockey day with no local games scheduled. We therefore took advantage of the open schedule to tour New York and pay our respects at Ground Zero.

During the trip, The Colonel posted a thorough examination of our time spent down near Battery Park and the WTC. It's well worth the read and is just a few posts down (click on link to the right for it), entitled: The Colonel and Crew at Ground Zero by The Colonel.

Since it was a touring day, I will simply post some pics with a few details for the OGA ScrapBlog.

The first stop was to pay tribute at Ground Zero with a guided tour of true perspective. Sgt. Chalker, who on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 turned in his badge and gun at the Police Station in order to don fatigues and serve in his National Guard capacity that morning.

From Shadow to Light. Walking down Church Street towards the World Trade Center Site

Looking into the WTC Site

We then made our way around the WTC site, cutting through a spectacular building by the water front. No idea what the building name was (anybody know? Mrs. Pill believes it's the Hilton...) but the view through the huge wall-o-windows was nice.

OGA Goes Around the Yellow Tape. Nice View.

The Police Memorial for all NYC Police Officers who have served and fallen in duty.

Well known Fire Station directly across the street from the Twin Towers

The cemetery in front of St. Paul's

One of the first depictions (painting) of the Great Seal of the United States hangs in this church where George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the US and attended services.

George Washington's Pew at St. Paul's

We then grabbed lunch at my favorite deli, Stage Door Delicatessen ( the Original - www.stagedoordeli.net ). We ate in the peace and quiet of the upstairs room and captured a nice pic thru the window of the front of St. Paul's.

Looking down from Stage Door onto St. Paul's

After lunch OGA made their way back to Rockefeller Center and the NHL Store so The Colonel (who had not arrived yet when OGA first stopped by) was able to bask in the glory.

On the way, we passed by one of those famous NY institutions Mrs. Pill had sent me a text message about, reminding me of its proximity...Tiffany's.

"Yes, Mrs. Pill, I did go. No, dear, I did not go IN..."

After the NHL Store we trekked our way to FAO Schwarz for the kids...the big and the small ones.

OGA believes they found the mummified display of Tom Hanks in this store.

OGA then wound our way down to Lombardi's for Pizza in Little Italy (see previous post for scrumptious pizza pic!) On our way, we scooted down the Avenue of the Americas where traffic was blocked off and the entire street for blocks and was lined on both sides with booths for goods/crafts/foods. Quite a sight in NYC...

Sunday Strolling and Shopping the Avenue of the Americas

Next post is a Recap of Day 4 where OGA sees TWO hockey games on Columbus Day at the Nassau Coliseum and and at Madison Square Garden....

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