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Posted on Friday, May 2nd, 2008


There was no real plan today. About the only thing any of us knew was that we were going to see Iron Man at 4:00. Everything else was just a matter of narrowing down the million options for things to do in New York City and picking something. Which is a heck of a lot more difficult than you'd think.

Down the street from our hotel is the beautiful Grand Central Station, so we stopped by for a quick look...

Grand Central Station

Eventually it was decided that the main goal for the day was to go up the Empire State Building for an aerial view of Manhattan. Unfortunately, New York City has been under a perpetual fog blanket all morning, and visibility at the top was zero, so we decided to take a pass. Instead we headed downtown to see what progress was being made at the World Trade Center site. Along the way, we passed by Macy's, which was hosting an exhibit of Iron Man movie props in their exterior displays. There were little pieces littered from window to window like Tony Stark business cards, prototype armor boots, and the electro-magnet that keeps Tony's heart beating...

Iron Man Props at Macy's

But the big prize was the Iron Man Mach-1 armor! Totally sweet!!

Iron Man Pano Macy's

As if I didn't want to see the movie bad enough already!

The last time I was at WTC Ground Zero, there was still a lot of debris, but it's all gone now, and things are finally starting to take shape. It's no less emotional, however...

World Trade Center

World Trade Center

Unfortunately, it's really difficult to see anything. On the contrary, it's almost as if they were trying to obstruct your view of the site in every way possible. I have no idea what the reasoning is for this, but the only remotely viewable area is from a skybridge nearby...

World Trade Center

Back to the Empire State Building, where the fog looked like like it might be clearing up, but the operator assured us there was still no visibility at the top. Time for a "B-Plan." We headed up to Central Park to wander through The Metropolitan Museum of Art for a while...

Paprika Painting

Then it was time to meet up with Eve and Dave3 from Geeks of Doom for IRON MAN!!


Totally awesome movie! I dare say it's the best super-hero comic book movie made since the original Superman and Superman II. As expected, Robert Downey Jr. was flawlessly brilliant in his portrayal of Tony Stark. It's hard to imagine how anybody else could have played the role, really. Plenty of action. Plenty of story. Totally faithful to the comic book source material. Can you really ask for anything else?

After an incredible vegetarian dinner at Quantum Leap in The Village, we ended the night at The Apple Store Soho.

And now it's 11:30 and time to rest-up for tomorrows pilgrimage to Philadelphia.

I can't wait.

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  1. Classified Information says:

    It is such a great movie! I saw it at 1730.

  2. Avitable says:

    I think I’m going to see it tomorrow morning.

  3. Tug says:

    Did I miss the memo that the shop wouldn’t be open until after Tequilacon, or is the ‘shop’ link not working?


    Have a great weekend, HAVE FUN!! Be safe.

  4. ETinNY says:

    Arrgh! I was going to see the Murakami exhibit, today, on my day off. I’d intended to stop off and pick up UPS delivery of my new digital camera at work but, they showed up too late to make it. Instead, I decided to go to the Met since it’s open late. I thought there might be a chance that I’d see Dave 2, there as well. Just in case, I worked up several mind-f**k ways to approach him but, alas….C’est la vie.

  5. jake titus says:

    I was at the WTC one month and a day befor 911. I spent some time with guys from “10 house” that day. None of the guys I met died on 911 but three from that station on a different shift did. I returned 13 months after 911 and was sad to see the sight, as well as “10 house” being closed. I was there to donate platelets to the sone of a firefigher that died at the “Queens Fathers Day Fire. A few months after my donation the boy died as well. NYC is a beautiful place, But I find it hard to return now because it brings out a lot of saddness that still is inside me.

  6. Turnbaby says:

    You almost make me want to see it–the movie I mean;-)

  7. Tara says:

    Hey mr. blogography…

    did you know your favorite florida librarian lives in philadelphia now? how long are you in town?

  8. ETinNY says:

    Are you gonna see the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art? I planning on going down there next Friday before it ends in 2 weeks.

  9. ChillyWilly says:

    More pics from NYC. And more from the WTC site. Wish I was there. LOVE NYC.

    And Iron Man sounds awesome. May actually see it today. Depends on the time and what else is going on.

    Have fun at TC 08. Take lots of pics and post them for those of us stuck at home.

  10. kilax says:

    I have been hearing rave reviews of Iron Man everywhere! I can’t wait to see it. I love summer blockbusters 🙂

  11. Kailey says:

    I agree about Iron Man, my man and I saw it at noon on Friday (he had to work on Thursday night or we would have gone to the midnight showing)it ROCKS!

    Did you stay all the way through the credits? Anyone who hasn’t seen it yet definitely should (both see it and stay through the credits).

    In fact I liked it so much I may just have to see it again!

  12. claire says:

    Don’t forget saturday is free comic book day!

    I wonder if the obstructions at Ground Zero are less about the view and more about keeping people from getting into the construction site. Although considering the politics of how long it’s taking to rebuild, it wouldn’t surprise me if they are obscuring the view on purpose.

  13. ajooja says:

    I’ll be knee-deep in fanboys in less than four hours!!!

  14. Juli says:

    Yup… I’m in total agreement on the IronMan flick! Saw it last night. Please tell me you sat through the entire film until there was no film left to roll?? When does the sequel come out???

  15. Kevin H says:

    Never got into Iron Man, but look forward to seeing it – will probably wait until the DVD. I’m looking foward to the GI Joe Movie. Guess I’m a geek from the 80’s…

  16. Such an awesome movie – never had the hots for Robert till now. Just saw the 9:30pm show last night.

  17. did you make it to Philly for the Rittenhouse Spring Festival yesterday? It was fun. A little cool and overcast, but still a good day.

  18. kilax says:

    Okay. I saw Iron Man. I really liked it. And –

    – I never realized there was such a striking resemblance between you and Robert Downing Jr. Do people ever comment on it?

  19. Took my dad and my Ninja to see this last night and I have to agree with you – it totally ROCKED! Thanks for sharing pics of those related Macy’s displays.

  20. Wandern 1 says:

    Hey I just found your site, I was wondering if I could get a better copy of the boots that you saw on display. Along with any other pictures you were able to get of the props.


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