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NYC Trek 2007

Day 1 Photos

5:45 AM. South Beach, Staten Island. The trip begins in a light mist. Spirits are high.

15 minutes later, the rain starts coming down harder. We break out the ponchos, but the high winds make putting them on more difficult than anticipated.

Heading from the beach to the Greenbelt trail. Still raining.

That flag container looks a lot like a dumpster. This guy clearly has no respect for Old Glory.

Looks like the Budweiser frogs were here.

Maybe surveilance means something different than surveillance. Because there definitely wasn't any of the latter here in the middle of the forest.

We reach the top of New York City. Totally drenched. Spirits are less than high.

An abandoned freeway ramp over the Staten Island Expressway.

Lower Manhattan.

A beautiful day for walking.

The view from the Brooklyn Bridge.

The view on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Several brave (stupid) tourists were out enjoying the weather with us.

Exiting the bathroom in Brooklyn. Our second borough hall pit stop of the day.

A typical Brooklyn Heights street. Eight hours in, the rain has stopped!

Looking down at the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. For the first time today, we're glad we're walking.

A nice view across the East River.

Astroturf may not be classy on its own, but combine it with a chain link fence...

To your right, the Manhattan Bridge.

To your left, the Brooklyn Bridge.

The driveway of the naval mansion in Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn.

Vinegar Hill has a charming, yet somewhat desolate, feel.

It rained a lot this morning.

Rain-induced pruning. As I took this photo, Rob asked that I note it is my foot, not his, featured here. Rob's feet were pristine, smooth, and smelled like fresh baked bread.

South Portland Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Ranked by Time Out New York as the best residential block in the city.

The beautiful "brownstones" of Park Slope.

One of the goals on our checklist was to check out, read, and return a library book. So we picked the first two books we saw. More on that later.

Guess what used to be here before the apartment complex.

If I lived in the neighborhood, I would definitely go here.

The Prospect Park algae are having a good summer.

Rob checks Grand Theft Auto off our to-do list.

One of the gigantic, aging Victorian homes in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.

More Ditmas Park.

A unique subway station.

Green-Wood Cemetery.

Rob taps out a message to Samuel Morse.

An interesting mix of religious icons.

Can you find the Statue of Liberty?

More Green-Wood.

The sweetest ride in the city.

5th Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Not officially endorsed by Jesus.

The folks at Christ Church in Bay Ridge put us up for Night 1.

Continue to Day 2