These boots are made for walking…

…and that’s just what we did! Most of the day.

But first we had to get bagels and coffee near the hotel where we had window seats on a funny encounter between a street sweeper and a plastic ribbon. This guy had a broom and a dust pan on the end of a pole and he tried for a good five minutes to sweep the plastic ribbon out of the street and into his dust pan, but it kept falling out. He absolutely refused to just bend down and pick the dang thing up with his hands, but he was determined to do his job and clean the street. Finally, he figured out a solution: he swept the plastic ribbon up out of the street and on to the sidewalk. Voila! No longer his problem. With a smile, he continued on down the street, sweeping up little bits of paper and such, leaving the biggest piece of trash on the sidewalk, out of his jurisdiction. City workers are the same the world over.

After breakfast, we caught the subway to the ferry landing on the south end of Manhattan…

We walked along the waterfront past Wall Street (the bastards)…

to the South Street Seaport, which hasn’t changed at all since we were here 20+ years ago…

then we walked north through Chinatown, Little Italy, Soho and, finally, Greenwich Village where we had lunch, then saw a movie (X-Men).

Along the way we saw some interesting sights. A wrapped bicycle…

A brave (or foolish?) construction worker setting up scaffolding five stories high without a safety line…

And a really cool dog park…

And the state and federal courts (I’m a lawyer, I can’t help it)…

We took a cab back to the hotel. Here’s the view from our window on the 23rd floor:

Early dinner, coffee and tea from Starbucks, then early to bed.

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