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Flat Stanley Goes to New York

That’s me in Times Square!


I got to see the Statue of Liberty. She looks small here because it’s far away, but she’s really over 150 feet high!

Cool fact: one of her fingers is taller than a person (it’s 8 feet long!).


Did you know that most people here don’t have a car? We got around by subway, bus, taxis or just by walking a lot.

The subway was my favorite. It’s a train that goes through tunnels underground.

I had a hard time figuring out the subway map!

I got my own seat!


I saw the Empire State Building. There was even a race when I was there. People had to run up all the stairs to the top. That’s 1,576 stairs!!!

This night, the top was lit up for the Superbowl. Two sides were yellow and black for the Saints and the other two were blue and white for the Colts.


I tried some new foods. For breakfast I had a bagel with cream cheese. Yum!


I visited Times Square at night. It’s an area with lots of theatres. The street that goes through here is called Broadway. There are SO MANY signs with bright lights.

On New Year’s Eve, they drop a big, crystal ball here. You can see the sign here that says “2010”.

They even have a HUGE Toys-r-Us store in Times Square that has a ferris wheel that’s 4-stories high.


I went to Chinatown and they were having a big celebration for Chinese New Year. They say it’s now the “Year of the Tiger”.

This is the parade with people dressed in dragon costumes.

I loved all the signs in Chinese.

Lots of people were shooting confetti into the air from these poppers.

This is a restaurant with lots of cooked ducks hanging in the window.


There were so many places to see . . .

Flatiron Building

(it’s shaped like a clothing iron in a triangle

LOTS of tall skyscrapers

Brooklyn Bridge

(it’s those 2 arches way in the background)

Aunt Kiki’s apartment

Bull Statue on Wall Street

(no, it’s not real, it’s just a metal statue that looks like it’s charging me!)

St. Patrick’s Cathedral


One morning, I got to see the NYFD (that’s the New York Fire Department) put out a fire close to where I was staying. It was a “2 alarm” fire. That means lots of firemen had to come help. I think over 100 came and I counted about 10 big firetrucks.


I got to visit Aunt Kiki at her work. She works at HarperCollins and they publish children’s books. You know what -- they even publish my Flat Stanley books!

This woman is called an editor and she works on my Flat Stanley books. She reads through the words and marks up the things that need to be corrected. See that page below? It has lots of marks for things that need to be fixed in that story.


This is Rockefeller Center. It has some big skyscrapers and in the winter, they set up an iceskating rink. At Christmas, they have a Christmas tree here that is almost 80 feet tall!


Now it’s time to pack up and come back home. Aunt Kiki is sending a Statue of Liberty pencil for everyone and some Flat Stanley books for Mrs. Fangman’s classroom. I’ll sure miss New York but will be glad to get back to Ponder Elementary!


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