|The Big Bus, our transportation|
|Some of the sights on the way to the museum. A hippo in a tutu!|
|The Julliard School of Music|
|The front entrance of the American Museum of Natural History|
|I apologize, Peg, you didn't know I was taking this picture.|
|In the Hall of African Animals|
|My personal favorite, although I prefer them alive, was the Hall of North American Mammals.|
|Pronghorn and Bison|
|Lily and Bison|
|Luke and Lily with the Grizzly Bears|
|The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine|
|Stained glass windows depict thematic scenes with both religious and secular images.|
They included a 1925 TV, a human skeleton and Michelangelo carving David.
|The shallow dome you see near the center of this photo was erected as a temporary roof in 1909 by Rafael Guastavino. |
The Statue of Liberty (w/o the pedestal) would fit comfortably under the structure
|There were many carved figures, the most recent included Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, Susan B. Anthony and Mohandas Gandhi.|
|The Historical Parapet represents revered icons of the first twenty centuries of the Christian era.|
|The Great Rose window|
|The 8 granite columns that surround the High Altar were quarried on the island of Vinalhaven, Maine.|
Each column is 55 feet tall, 6 feet in diameter and weighs 130 tons.
|The 8,500 pipes of the Great Organ surround the Cathedral's choir stalls. |
The pipes range from the size of a pencil to 32 feet tall.
|The Nave, nearest the entrance, had many interesting bronze sculptures on display|
|Although this may appear to be out of place in a cathedral, it was my favorite.|
|The Nave floor, known as the Pilgrim's Pavement, included bronze medallions representing |
pilgrimage sites throughout the world.
|A sculpture dedicated to fallen members of the NYFD|
|This is the Great Rose window over the front doors. It is 40 feet in diameter |
and the largest stained glass window in the United States.
|The Great Bronze doors were cast by Barbedienne of Paris,|
who also cast the Statue of Liberty. Each door is 18 feet high, 6 feet wide and weighs 3 tons.
On Wednesday morning we slept in and after we packed we walked to Ellen's Stardust Diner. Peg stayed in bed. Sharon and I had eaten lunch here on our visit and I really enjoyed it and thought Luke and Lily might like it too. All of the wait staff are aspiring singers hoping to make it on Broadway. So they not only serve you breakfast, lunch or dinner, but they also sing Broadway show tunes. So you get fed and entertained all at the same time! Our waitress sang a song from The Little Mermaid and even serenaded Luke and Lily, causing much embarrassment, as she walked through the restaurant. It was the perfect ending to a perfect visit to New York City.
|Have a Happy 4th of July!!|