Ok, this is going to get edited a bit more as we go due to time constraints. Finally unpacked all the electronics that I brought on the trip with me (iPod, digital camera, electric razor, cell phone and really new iPod player) and now, having hooked everything back up, I can look at what photos I took. I also figured that this area has gone empty for too long so here are a few photos and notes.
We stayed in two rooms at the beautiful Manhattan Club (on 200 W. 56th near 7th) which is right across from a Hooters. Amazing location (and not because of the Hooters) which is just a block or so away from Ed Sullivan Theater (yes, where they tape David Letterman.) The photo was taken from the window in our room. The brown building you see over there? That's Carnegie Hall.
Trash day is really odd in New York. Not much area for dumpsters, so they stack everything on the sidewalk. No smell was more overpowering during our first few days than that of black trashbags full of refuse in hot humid weather. And here I thought all the jokes were about New Jersey.
The first weird sign that I saw on my way via taxi to our hotel said 'Siamese For Retail Only.' My first thought was... you can rent people from Siam? Or were they privy to a special ordinance allowing only them to rent this part of the wall? Later reflection had me thinking that it meant both of those had to be used at the same time but I'm still lost on the use of the word "retail." Very odd.