Saturday, February 19, 2011

Brooklyn State of Mind

With Brett's birthday just around the corner, we decided to take a little getaway to the City to celebrate.  We had big plans to do a few things we hadn't seen yet and scratch a few more things off of our Bucket List.

We've said it before and we'll say it seems like you never know where Priceline will send you.  Favorable reviews, free parking and a continental breakfast put us in a new hotel in Brooklyn on this visit.  Further out from the City (and in a not so great neighborhood) it's probably one we won't be going back to.  Do we really have to explain why?

Welcome to Brooklyn!
The street in front of our hotel.
Hotel views don't get better than this!
One good thing about Brooklyn is that they have a huge bridge that leads to Manhattan!  We had read in our tour books that walking across the Brooklyn Bridge was a pretty cool thing so we had to check it out.

The Bridge is an amazing sight!  As one of the oldest suspension bridges in the US, it's 1,595.5 feet long and is a National Historic Landmark.

The tour guides recommended walking from Brooklyn to Manhattan to get the best view of the city skyline...and they were right.

We just had one small complaint from our walking trip...holy cow y'all...the wind on that bridge was something fierce!  New York meteorologists missed the mark and the temperatures were about 20 degrees colder than what we were anticipating.  We were so frozen by the time we crossed into Manhattan!  In fact, Heather's hands weren't thawed out enough to use the chopsticks at our Chinatown restaurant during lunch.

But despite the numb fingers, she did manage to snap this Kodak moment on the bridge...after all, it's not everyday that Big Bird has a yard sale.

Around 10:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning.