From Central Park, they walked just a couple of "city blocks" over to Lincoln Center. The temple sits amongst lots of other buildings, which is a rare site. Apparently the building that houses the Temple also is home to a few wards. The building was closed for renovation, but Maren and Brad snapped a couple pictures for fun.
To continue the adventure, Brad and Maren ventured on to the Empire State Building. Their route led them first by Columbus Circle and Trump Tower.
Because of the beautifully clear day, the view from the Empire State building was perfect. The trip to the 86th floor is a whopping $19/person, but for a tourist, not to be missed. Along the way, aggressive salespeople are peddling all kinds of add-ons to make the view more enjoyable. It was in line for the elevator to the top that Maren first realized the large proportion of foreigners, especially Europeans. There is an upside to a down economy- plenty of international tourism taking advantage of the weak dollar. The view from the top is breathtaking. New York is HUGE!