Day 40 - Albany, New York
New York was the 11th state in the USA and it became a state on July 26, 1788. Subscribers TR., Linda, Marie from Buffalo, Priscilla, and Bobbie met us at JFK Airport in New York, New York. They were nice enough to drive us down to Albany for the day. But we're spending the weekend in New York when we get back. Man, we had to walk and walk and walk to get out to get out of that airport. But once we did, we took a nice drive up to Albany. Of course, Ziggy had to put her hat on.
On the way up to Albany, they told me and Ziggy that the Dutch were the first European settlers in the colony known as New Netherland (Nova Belgica in Latin). The southern tip of Manhattan was settled by the Dutch in 1613 as well as Fort Nassau was founded near the site of present-day Albany in 1614 and abandoned in 1618. About thirty Walloon families settled on the shores of the Hudson River in present-day New York City and on the Delaware River around 1624. The Dutch also established Fort Oranje near present-day Albany in 1624. New Amsterdam was established on the island of Manhattan which a year later Peter Minuit purchased from the Algonquin Indians. After the English took over in 1664, the colony was renamed New York, after the Duke of York, the future King James II.
We checked out the State Capital building from a free helicopter ride around the city.
Althought Albany is a cool place, we wanted to get back to New York but not before we had some New York Cheesecake. So me and Ziggy, TR., Linda, Marie from Buffalo, Priscilla, and Bobbie and found this cute little restuarant and had some New York Chessecake and coffee.
This famous recipe can be found just about anywhere. It's no secret and is soooo devine. Here's the recipe.
Chantal's New York Cheesecake
Serves me and only me. yum.
15 graham crackers, crushed
2 tablespoons butter, melted
4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
1 1/2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup milk
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch springform pan.
In a medium bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs with melted butter. Press onto bottom of springform pan.
In a large bowl, mix cream cheese with sugar until smooth. Blend in milk, and then mix in the eggs one at a time, mixing just enough to incorporate. Mix in sour cream, vanilla and flour until smooth. Pour filling into prepared crust.
Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour. Turn the oven off, and let cake cool in oven with the door closed for 5 to 6 hours; this prevents cracking. Chill in refrigerator until serving.
We said our goodbyes to our friends and took off to New York by bus to visit the Empire State Building. It was something to see!
We spoke to the elevator operator on the way up. His name was Arthur Brown and he had been working there for some 50 years. I asked him about what it meant to him to be an American.
He said, "Kieto, I've met people from all over the world. They come from every corner of the globe to see our city from way up here. It's makes me proud to be an American. It's like someone coming to visit you in your home to see how and where you live. Everyone I've met makes me realize what I have here in America."
After spending some time walking around, we were pooped and I asked Ziggy what she wanted to do and she meowed "The Statue of Liberty!"
We're going to be in Richmond, Virginia Monday. It will be a long week next week and I for one am truly looking foward to the 4th of July. That, my friends will be the last day of our trip. You will get the ezine everyday from Monday on..... including Saturday and Sunday!
So with that said, see ya in Richmond, Virginia Monday.