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Tuesday 20 Oct 2015
Pelham Manor New York, USA

Exploring life & people watching around New York

Based for 12 nights in T's new home, acquired in 2015. It is in Pelham Manor village in the town of Pelham in Westchester County (17 miles north/north-east of Grand Central Station, New York) near New Rochelle. The new home has 4 x bedrooms on the 1st floor (UK definition) and 2 x on the 2nd floor. The whole village is heavily wooded with many tree-lined streets and fine big gardens throughout + fine schools and very many more, much larger/gigantic houses alongside... ie a beautiful location & setting for children and for families. The train station is a picturesque 20 min walk from home & the train takes 29 mins to reach Grand Central Station, Manhattan for speedy access to offices. 
Have spent time to-date on a wide range of activities. Will not provide details in these notes but may expand the info if time permits   e.g.

- Visiting NY Botanic Gardens with the children over the weekend, apple-picking on a farm in Upper NY State on another weekend, walking to the respective schools   at start and end of weekday, watching children's weekend sports practice, reading to a class of 6 x three year olds, or wandering around Pelham Manor & Pelham   itself to check-out the general area and of course, its shops and eateries....   (eg Corned Beef Eggs Benedict ?..... Tasty).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             - Also have been taking the train to Manhattan and either :

        - just meandering around the various Manhattan districts and main parks and town squares, people-watching :
           eg in Union Square, the Meatpacking District, Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Garment District, Chinatown, Little Italy, NoHo, SoHo, Tribeca, Battery Park etc

        - or using the extensive Subway network which is an interesting (and sometimes demanding) challenge in itself, in order to travel
           to selected NY Subway destinations to explore the local scene and local populace.
           It is not always possible to spend too much time (or to take photos) in all such areas.

- Also have visited the new gleaming One World Observatory ($32 entry), built adjacent to the site of the former World Trade Center (WTC). This new building is the   tallest in the Western hemisphere at 1,776 feet with observation decks & access on floors 100, 101and 102.
  It provides a 360 degree view of New York City. Five elevators travel at 23 mph to reach the top in approx 47 secs. Altho' the observation deck on the original WTC   was actually on the roof-top, outside in the open-air, the new facility is in sealed floors behind 360 degree glass walls. I much preferred the previous arrangement and its sense of freedom. The major WTC Memorial site & Museum (which is adjacent to the new Observatory), is free & is a very major focal point for all of NYC.

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