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Rochdale Village

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  • Day14

    Last Day in New York - Maybe?

    July 13, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    This morning we have a family tour of the World Trade Center Memorial and Museum scheduled for 11:30. We are driving the car down to a parkade just a block from the site. I pre-booked that online a while ago. The drive from our hotel in Yonkers is easy and takes us about 45 mins.

    We are welcomed by our tour guide and joined by about ten others on the tour. She gives us each headsets so that we can easily hear what she has to say as we tour. We spend about 1/2 hour on the site and learn a bit about the design of the memorial. The two pools in place where the north and south towers once stood are very impressive. The next thirty minutes are inside the museum where we are given information about the terror attack and the extent of the damage and lives lost. We are then left to explore the rest of the museum on our own. It is a very well organized exhibit with lots of photos, videos and artifacts salvaged from the ruins. The museum is deep underground at the level of where the foundations of the original buildings were located.

    From here we began another walking tour. This one was in a travel book of NYC we purchased long before we left. It took us through the heart of the financial district, along Wall Street and ended at Battery Park. We passed many historic buildings along the way. After a short break, we made our way to the nearest Metro station and caught the train to Union Square. The plan now was to see some more sights in the area, but also to find a large, recommended vintage and consignment clothing shop called "Beacon's Closet". It wasn't too far before we found it. Very popular and very crowded. Jaden and Aaron both found sneakers.

    We continued touring the Soho and Greenich Village neighborhoods. Ate a delicious lunch and found a few more shops of interest. It was then time to take the Metro back to where we had parked our car. We initially headed in the wrong direction and got off at a stop soon after finding out. Sadly, at that stop we did not have the option to go back. So, we had to wait for the next train, go two more stops in the wrong direction and then transfer to the train that would take us in the right direction. Luckily, we had lots of time to get to the airport. Lots and lots of time!

    We had to wait a few more minutes to get our car back once we arrived at the pickup location. It is a valet service and I was instructed to text ahead of time so that car would be ready on arrival. I'm not sure what went wrong. There was no apology or reason given. Again, it was all good because we had lots and lots of time before our flight would leave.

    The drive was a it unnerving at the start. It was dark. It was very busy. And, the GPS was lagging making it problematic when you had to make many quick turns to stay on course. Once over the Brooklyn Bridge, however, traffic thinned out and it was much less stressful. We arrived at our car rental drop off location. I had to go in and see the manger regarding a parking violation from yesterday that had nothing to do with me and everything to do with the fact that the car did not have valid insurance, or at least did not have a current sticker on the license plate. The manager was very apologetic and told me she would take care of it. So far, this had been a fairly good day, considering it was Friday the 13th!

    From here we hauled our luggage to the Airtrain for a short ride to Terminal 1 where we would check in with Phillipine Airlines. It was still a couple hours before the flight was to leave so I wasn't too concerned about the fact that no one was yet available to check us in. While waiting, I decided to take a look at the recent reminder email I had received for the airline. To my astonishment, we were a day early! When I announced the finding to the family they thought I was joking. Soon, however, they realized that I was not.

    I was not popular. I expected that response. Nobody was happy. Least of all, me! I felt that I had done a pretty good job of planning and organizing this trip. It had all gone according to plan. Until now. I did not want this to be the defining moment of our last, full family trip. All I could do was apologize and go about finding a solution to our problem. It took several phone calls, but eventually I managed to find a hotel nearby with a room for us. They would even send their shuttle bus out to the airport to pick us up and drive us to the hotel. I breathed a sigh of relief. But the dilemma was not yet completely resolved.

    On arrival at the hotel, we checked in and found that there were two double beds and no cot, as promised. I called the front desk and was told that it was not possible to bring in a cot. I explained that I had been promised that the room would be fine for the five of us and that a cot would be provided. The fellow that made the promise worked out of the central reservations, not the hotel, however. To spare you more details, suffice it to say that I successfully plead my case and we ended up getting a second room at no extra cost. Now we could finally relax and get a decent nights sleep.
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    Well that turned out quite ok! I wonder how you filled your extra day! Did u maybe just let everyone do whatever so you could relax, reflect and realize you just gave your family the greatest two week vacation ever! Netty

    Joanne Mickelson

    Sounds like an awesome trip! That happens travelling sometimes you just gotta role with it. Lucky you got a hotel and didn’t have to sleep in the airport.


    You did a great job Hans, I hope they all appreciated your hard work. Mom

  • Day1

    Stunde 17: JFK

    February 17, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 2 °C

    Bequem war‘s in der Lufthansa Premium Economy. Aber nach insgesamt 11,5 Stunden an Bord ist man froh, wenn man rauskommt. Erst Schnee und Enteisen in München, dann Gegenwind und schließlich Kreise fliegen über Long Island...

    Immerhin hat die Einreise gut geklappt, dank „Returning ESTA“ durften wir die Automaten benutzen. Und die Koffer sind auch da - nun mit der Subway in die Stadt!
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  • Day5

    Gentrifizierung in New York

    September 2, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Ein Appartement für 2500$ im Monat bietet in Soho 1 Zimmer mit Bad und Küche. Für 3 bis 4 Zimmer muss man über 4000$ hinblättern. Das nennt man dann wohl Hypergentrifizierung! Angefangen hat mit den schönen, aber heruntergekommenen Cask Iron Buildings, die zur Zeit der Industrialisierung als Fabriken gebaut wurden. Als die Idee des Arbeitsschutzes aufkam, stellte man schnell fest, dass diese für Fabriken ungeeignet waren, es entstanden darin billige Wohnungen für Arbeiter. Weil die Häuser innenstadtnah, hübsch und billig waren, zogen Künstler und Alternative ein. Die Tante unseres Guides zahlte noch 90$ im Monat, musste dafür die Badewanne unter der Küchenspüle herausziehen. Ganz nach Lehrbuch folgten bald Wohlhabendere und sanierten die schönen Häuser. Aber weder die Arbeiter noch die Pioniere von damals können sich heute dort eine Wohnung leisten.

    Hier steht die Aufwertung noch am Anfang. Unsere AirBnB Vermieter Gladys und Michael leben seit 16 Jahren in Harlem. Auf Brachflächen wurde damals neu gebaut, kleine Reihenhäuser neben den riesigen Mietskasernen des sozialen Wohnungsbaus. Die Kriminalität war hoch, die meisten Leute arm. Aber der Wohnungsbau war der erste Schritt. Gladys meinte, entscheidend sei dann der Bau des Einkaufszentrums mit dem Wholefood Supermarkt gewesen, um den Standort zu verbessern. Ihr sei aber auch klar, dass das Angebot dort für viele unbezahlbar ist, es sei wie Ying und Yang, positive und negative Auswirkungen bedingen einander. In Folge der Aufwertung sind rund um den Malcom X Boulevard und die 125 Straße In-Läden entstanden, wie The Red Rooster, wo sogar Hilary Clinton gern essen geht. Als nächstes sind Radwege geplant, immerhin wurde die lokale Bevölkerung, wie Gladys und Michael, zu einem Planungs-Rundgang eingeladen.
    Verschwindet die Armut? Nein, wohl wurde sie zeitweise geringer, aber die Schere zwischen Reich und Arm geht überall weiter auseinander. Die Armen ziehen nur weiter raus. Noch im Osten Harlems, aber vor allem rund um den JFK Airport und im Norden der Bronx leben heute die Menschen, die sich Manhattan nicht mehr leisten können.
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  • Day1


    May 25, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Today I feel like I totally became a member of the jet set crowd. I booked my first ever "microstay." For those who are like I was, a mere 8 hours ago, this is when you book a daytime hotel stay, usually for long layovers. Life has been particularly grueling and exhausting lately and I came down with a cold a few days before departure. So, given the cold, rainy weather in NYC today, I decided rest would be my best option.

    I got a few hours sleep, charged my electronics, and had a shower. Shortly I will head back to JFK for my flight to Paris!
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