Thanks so much for sending me to visit with Gerb and her family! I had the greatest time in Utah.
I thought the Salt Lake City Temple was really cool.
I saw the huge Y on the mountain by Brigham Young University.
I got to go camping one night with Gerb's family.
One of the days I was there it even snowed!
One night I heard Allen talking about taking Gerb on a surprise trip. Lucky for me, Gerb had packed her notebook and I was tucked inside. It was so much fun to ride on an airplane instead of in an envelope.
When the plane landed, we were in New York! This is the lobby of the Hotel Edison where we stayed
You know what I found out about New York? Most people there don't have cars. It costs a lot of money to park them - and the subways, buses and taxis will get you anywhere you can't walk to. We mostly walked and took the subway everywhere.
We also rode on a tour bus
This is the Flatiron Building.
And here's a great view of the Met Life Tower at night.
We walked to Rockefeller Center and saw the GE Building (also known as 30 Rock)
Just down the block we saw Radio City Music Hall and the NBC Studios.
We looked down another block and found this awesome church called Saint Patrick's Cathedral.
The next morning we headed over to the Empire State Building,
The view from the top was pretty amazing.
I could see the entire city from up there!
I loved our visit to the Museum of Natural History.
Have you ever seen a real elephant up close? They're so big!
And don't these Asian rhinoceros look kind of like dinosaurs?
Have you ever seen the movie Night at the Museum? I found a couple of my favorite characters from that movie in the real museum. Here's Rexy, the Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton.
And here's the Easter Island statue.
We went for a ride on a ferry and got to see a huge aircraft carrier that was docked there
But one of the neatest things I got to see was the Statue of Liberty.
Once we were back on land we walked to the New York Public Library.
Here's the Chrysler Building at night.
We walked over to Grand Central Station next. Now I know why it's called 'Grand'!
The next morning was our last day in New York. We saw an awesome memorial that is a part of what is called called Tiles for America.
We walked down Wall Street and saw the New York Stock Exchange building.
It was awesome to see the Freedom Tower being built where the Twin Towers used to stand.
No trip to New York is complete without trying a pizza pie, so we took a break for some lunch.
We walked to Washington Square Park next. Here I am by the famous arch.
Later we found Carnegie Hall,
The Plaza Hotel,
and my favorite place of all - a toy store called FAO Schwarz. This real-life toy soldier stands guard outside the main doors.
Inside is every kid's dream come true! The main floor is almost completely filled with all sorts of sweets that you can buy, in all sorts of sizes I have never seen before. Some of the candy bars were 5 times bigger than me!
I also loved this little corner of the store where you can create your own Muppet puppet.
Upstairs is their famous Big Piano. The guy who was in charge there saw me and said, "Flat Stanley! You want to play a note?"
We walked over to Central Park, too. I thought this bridge was really cool because it's in the movie Enchanted.
Another really fun thing I got to do while in New York was to see two Broadway shows - Newsies and Wicked.
We flew back to Allen and Gerb's house the next day. What a great trip! Once I'm done writing this, Gerb promises she'll put me in my comfy envelope and send me back home to you in California. I should be on my way any day now, so watch your mailbox!
See you soon!