This morning, Nicole and I got up early and had her parents drive us down to Poughkeepsie. Nicole said that there is a train station across the river from Kingston in Rhinebeck, but you can only get the Amtrak train there and it is twice as expensive. In Poughkeepsie, we were able to take a Metro-North train for half the price. We left Kingston around 8 am and arrived in Poughkeepsie around 8:30 am. Our train to Grand Central Station left at 8:50 am and we arrived at Grand Central at 11 am.
After arriving in the City, we walked towards Battery Park so that we could get the ferry to go see the Statue of Liberty. Along the way, we passed the Empire State Building and the Flat Iron Building.
After walking for a little while, we decided to take a cab the rest of the way. We arrived at Battery Park and got tickets for the water taxi to take us around near the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and then up the Hudson River by Times Square. The water taxi was really cool, but it was a little bit cold and it was drizzling rain.
After the water taxi, we got lunch at a bar across from the Empire State Building. The place was sports-themed, so Nicole really liked it. They even had a Pitt Panthers flag! It was pretty cool! We then went to Central Park. It was absolutely beautiful! I wish it had been a little bit nicer outside, but it was still a lot of fun.
We then took the subway back to Grand Central Station (after waiting 30 minutes for a train because of a medical emergency) and boarded our 5:43 train back to Poughkeepsie. Nicole’s parents picked us up and we went back to their house for a pasta dinner. After dinner, Nicole’s dad took us to his ‘social club,’ a club that he joined under the pretense that Nicole’s mom is Polish. It was a nice little bar and I had a lot of fun!