: Whirlwind trip through NYC and the Lehigh Valley

06-05-12, 06:33 PM
So, some of you may have noticed (or maybe I told you and you knew) but I was on vacation from June 1st - 4th.

I went to Manhattan to visit some old friends.

Friday was travel day, met one friend up near Times Square for some drinks and food at the Beer Authority. Then met some of his co-workers a few blocks away at Keenes - an old looking steakhouse and bar. They have tobacco pipes hanging along the ceiling and some pipes in glass cases labeled with the names of their famous owners dating back to the 1800's.

On Saturday we drove into north NJ to the Sussex County Fairgrounds for the 23rd annual Crawfish Fest. Good times were had by all.

Saturday night we drove to Bethlehem, PA, near Easton and Allentown, and stayed with anther friend.

Sunday we took a trip across the Lehigh Valley to the new CocaCola Field where the Lehigh Valley IronPigs play AAA baseball.
The IronPigs are a Phillies farm team and they were playing the Pawtuckett RedSox (aka PawSox) in the third of a four-game series.

Back to NYC on Sunday night for some great Dominican food (no pics of that sorry) and rest for the big day on Monday.

Monday was the 'tour the city' day. We hit Bryant Park first, then went to the "Top of the Rock" (the observatory atop the Rockefeller Center) then to Eataly, an Italian market mall with restaurants for a bite and a pint of cask conditioned ale. L. A. Burdick chocolate shop was next after a quick stroll through Madison Square Park. Then we walked west through Chelsea to The High Line, a green walking space above the streets of the city that used to be an elevated subway track. From there it was back to Penn Station to catch the 7-express towards La Guardia.

All-in-all a great 4 day escape with weather that seemed to just barely cooperate.

The following is a collection of photos I took along the way (captions will be underneath the images - the full size images were used, the forum auto-resizes them - for the full effect view the source or whatever right-click option your browser has to see the image in it's full glory)

Panoramic view of W36nd St outside of Keenes


Crawfish Fest Jaegermeister Pavilion (second stage) during The Glen David Andrews band with about half of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band (would that be the Dirty Half Dozen?)

Dr John and the Lower 911 on the main stage at the Crawfish Festival


Panoramic view of CocaCola Field

at the PawSox vs IronPigs game

approaching the George Washington Bridge from NJ

Bryant Park looking up at the BofA building and whatever is next to it

Central Park from the Top of the Rock

Panoramic view north from the Top of the Rock

Panoramic view south from the Top of the Rock (sorry for the finger in front of the lens effect)

The High Line between 22nd and 23rd Streets (i think)

06-05-12, 07:25 PM
Nice panos!

06-05-12, 08:16 PM
Very cool, looks like a nice trip, thanks for sharing!

06-05-12, 08:27 PM
Neat trip! Sounds like you ate well!

06-05-12, 08:34 PM
Neat trip! Sounds like you ate well!
Yeah, a man after my own heart, takes vacation photos of food!

06-05-12, 10:22 PM
And you didn't call me? :crying: Just kidding.
Did you meet Darlene Rodriguez at the Rock? Nice!

06-06-12, 01:08 AM
Lehigh Valley is essentially what the kids these days call "The Shit". Hands down better than the entire country (outside Pennsylvania) rolled into one and multiplied by a billion. Fact.

There are other areas of PA I prefer though.

06-06-12, 01:15 AM
Great pictures! Sounds like you had a good time.

06-06-12, 12:00 PM
yeah it was a great time, great food, great places

thanks guys... sorry I bailed on you after posting this


it felt great to break the monotony of the local routine and get away for a while

gotta do it more often



btw, all pictures taken w/ my crappy iPhone 3GS and most were enhanced with the camera plus app ... the panoramas were taken using the 360 app (except the first which was done w/ AutoStitch)

06-06-12, 04:25 PM
I LOVE crawfish! Looks like an awesome trip man! Over The weekend b4 july 4, the fiancÚ n I are going to St Louis for a few days bc she's got family there. Havent been there in YEARS on pleasure so really looking forward to seeing the sights.

06-07-12, 04:43 PM
:thumbsup: Excellent pics. Glad you had fun, vacations are always too needed, too short, and too infrequent. :D

06-07-12, 06:32 PM
thanks everyone

06-07-12, 07:00 PM
:thumbsup: Excellent pics. Glad you had fun, vacations are always too needed, too short, and too infrequent. :D

God ain't that the truth. We went on a cruise to the Bahamas over my fiancÚs birthday, April 1st, and we both feel we need another already. Lol

06-07-12, 09:55 PM
I like the new avatar Chris! Looks good.

06-08-12, 11:19 AM
thanks dave!

the other one was about 3 or 4 years old so i figured it was time for a change