• Glenda Williams

Bite the Big Apple!

Updated: Jun 8

We stopped for a bite of the Big Apple on our way to the Holy Land!

Sheraton Hotel & Ferry. We stayed across the Hudson and ferried to 39th or the NJ bus to Port Authority in Manhattan depending on our agenda. The ferry bus, no additional cost, drops off at or near your destination. To return check the app and make your way to the nearest ferry bus stop.

Macy's, Herald Square & Empire State Building. After a late start the one morning we had lunch at Ben's Deli and on to Macy's. After departing we previewed the window displays, embraced Herald Square, glimpsed the nearby Empire State Building, and made our way to Times Square.

Times Square & Off Broadway Show. It was a little chilly! From there we walked to 46th Street to see Sistas - The Musical at St.Luke's Theatre. We did the ferry bus' scenic route back to the pier, crossed the river and dined at Ruth Chris.

Broadway, Radio City Music Hall & Rockefeller Center. After our ferry bus we strolled Broadway and on to Radio City Music Hall for the Christmas Show. The show was awesome and it also showcased the birth of Jesus Christ, inclusive of live animals. After the show we walked to Rockefeller Center to see the Christmas tree and watched the ice skaters. Roasted chestnuts, shopping, Restaurant Row for dinner, and to our hotel via the NJ transit bus.

Subway to 135th, Mother AME Zion Church & Jazz Vespers. At the Port Authority we purchased subway fares and rode the iron horse to Harlem. We disembarked at 135th, walked to 137th, hung left and made our way to Mother AME Zion Church for their Jazz Vespers concert.

After the concert we met the pastor who graciously showed us Bishop James Varick's crypt. Varick was the first ordained Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (AME Zion), the Freedom Church -- the membership church of Harriet Tubman, and the worship home for Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth. Back to the subway to Port Authority and NJ transit bus to our hotel.

Depart for Israel. After our very short visit we departed from the Newark airport on an overnight fight to the Holy Land.

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