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Trip Report A Fun weekend in NYC July 4-6

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A few of us bought tickets to go to a Mets game on July 4 as MLB was honoring the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's speech (http://www.fodors.com/community/fodorite-lounge/75-years-ago-tomorrow-lou-gehrig-made-a-great-speech.cfm).

Initially, our plan was just to do a day trip (albeit a very long day trip). However, a potential hurricane had to get in our way and wreck our plan. Or so we thought. I went onto Last Minute Travel and found a great deal. We each booked rooms at the Doubletree Metropolitan for $120 per night at 51st and Lexington. Great deal!

When I got up Friday morning, the forecast was looking bad for any travel to NYC that morning so I texted my friend and we got an earlier start than we were planning on - we got on the 7am Metro North train and into Grand Central at 9 to find it not even raining! We took the subway to our hotel and deposited our bags (Hotel charges you $2 per bag for a day check - why?)

We proceeded to walk over to St Patrick's Cathedral and found it under a massive restoration. While it surely we be great when its done, it is not much to look at right now. We then walked over to Rockefeller Center and just walked around for a while. We could feel the weather starting to change and figured we needed to head for cover. We headed to the House of Brews on 46th St (http://www.houseofbrewsny.com/46th-street/) to watch the Germany - France World Cup game and have lunch. I really enjoy this place as it has a great beer selection and food is good. Great game and we really enjoyed it here.

From here, we walked down to Times Square and walked around for a little while before jumping on the 7 Train out to Citi Field for the Mets game that night. We got there as the gates opened and headed up to our seats. I really enjoy Citi Field and this night was no different. Had great seats above the 1B dugout and it was a fun game. Sun was out by now with a clear sky. But by the end of the game, it was chilly. Decent crowd this night. We each had a few beers (decent beer selection at the stadium) and a hot dog / pretzel. Only problem was that the elevators were barely working to get out of the stadium and then everybody tried to jam into the one that showed up. The usher asked people to step off and they refused so we didn't go anywhere until they did.

We got back to our hotel around 1am as it was a slow game fireworks after it and a transfer on the subway. Needless to say, I passed out when I got into my room (or was it before?)

More to come later.

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