It’s hard to believe but another holiday season is upon us and with Christmas just over two weeks away I felt it was time to update the blog. After all, I don’t want to upset my fan. Before I do I just wanted to take a moment and thank all of you for your support and if you read these blogs I hope you’ve found them informative as well as entertaining. I also want to clear up a little bit of confusion. The Alligator Outpost and Mark Andrew Thomas websites are separate entities but are basically mirror sites of mine and no matter which one I direct people to, they both lead to the same place so it’s all good. BTW If you want to check out my ugly mug splattered all over an unfortunate jpeg image check out the Bio section of the website for the new pic.
For this blog we’re going to take a journey away from the wilds of Florida just this once and head to the big city! The Big Apple to more specific. Back in October I visited New York City for the weekend and although I’ve been many times since I was a kid, it was usually only for a few hours or an afternoon at most. This was the first time I had the chance to spend some real time in the city and we also stayed in Manhattan so it was quite the experience. It’s also the first time I’ve been to NYC since 9/11.
I have to say that one of things that really impressed me about NYC was the architecture. Both the old and the new. Old churches, buildings, hotels, and restaurants are all around New York City and many of them have been around for years. In some cases hundreds of years. During our visit to the World Trade Center we also stopped by St. Paul’s Chapel which is right across the street. It survived the devastation on 9/11 earning it’s nickname “The Little Chapel That Stood” and as we walked through the cemetery on the grounds we noticed headstones dating back to the early 1800’s. The Central Synagogue, pictured below, was dedicated in 1872 and St. Patrick’s Cathedral (which unfortunately we didn’t have time to visit) was dedicated in 1878 and these are only two examples of some of the amazing old architecture in the city. The new structures were just as beautiful to look at in their own way. The new World Trade Center is a brilliant work of architecture, it’s resplendent beauty needs to be seen in person to be appreciated.