What do you have when you take two frogs and put them in the middle of the Big Apple? Lots of fun and adventure!

Recently, Polly #2 and Polly #3 went to New York City on a bus trip with Debbie and Candee. It was a beautiful spring day and couldn’t have been a more perfect day to take in the sites of this magnificent city.

Empire State Building

I was so excited to see this famous landmark in front of me!




According to Wikipedia: The Empire State Building is a 102-story landmark Art Deco skyscraper in New York City at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. Its name is derived from the nickname for the state of New York, The Empire State. It stood as the world’s tallest building for more than forty years, from its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Center’s North Tower was completed in 1972. Following the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001, the Empire State Building once again became the tallest building in New York City and New York State.

9/11 Commission reported that the original plan for the September 11 attacks called for the hijacking of ten planes, one of which was to be crashed into Empire State Building.





New York is known as the Empire State


The Empire State Building has been named by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The building and its street floor interior are designated landmarks of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and confirmed by the New York City Board of Estimate. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. In 2007, it was ranked number one on the List of America’s Favorite Architecture according to the AIA. The building is owned and managed by W&H Properties.

The Empire State Building is the third tallest skyscraper in the Americas (after the Willis Tower and Trump International Hotel and Tower both in Chicago), and the 15th tallest in the world. It is also the fourth tallest freestanding structure in the Americas. The Empire State building is currently undergoing a $550 million renovation, with $120 million to be utilized in an effort to transform the building into a more energy efficient and eco-friendly structure.

Empire State Building

This is Kevin, one of the nice people we met at the Empire State Building


New York City

What a view!


New York City

Don't look down!

New York city

I can't get enough of the view!

New York City

Enjoying the day together!


New York City

We're still not at the top!

Empire State Building

I met these nice people on the Empire State Building. From left to right we have Stéphane, Delphine, Aurélie and Sébastien. They were visiting all the way from France!

Empire State Building

I think Stéphane and Sébastien really liked me!

New York City

What a typical street scene in New York City...I love being in the city!

Tortilla Flats

We had a delicious meal at Tortilla flats... they even seated us at the Ernest Borgnine table!

Tortilla Flats is great little Tex-Mex restaurant that’s located at 767 Washington Street (on the corner of 12th). Candee’s friend, Joe highly recommended the restaurant to us so of course we had to try it out. We definitely weren’t disappointed!

The people at the restaurant are obsessed with Ernest Borgnine and according to the Tortilla Flats website: The obsession took root in the mid-eighties when manager Steve Pagnotta began the practice of roaming through the zany restaurant shouting, ‘Paging Mr. Borgnine…Mr. Er-nest Borg-nine’, whenever a gap in the usually loud music occurred. This simple practice somehow spawned a cult among the staff and regular patrons of the restaurant. People started to bring in their favorite movies on video tape and odd bits of Borgnine memorabilia.

In early 1993, Tortilla Flats co-owners Andy Secular and Jean Bambury decided to throw a party at ‘The Flats’ and call it Ernest Borgnine Night. At the heart of the occasion; the unveiling of the Ernest Borgnine Booth– an installation of photos and mementos which surrounds a small table in the back. Games and contests honoring the gap-toothed actor were conceived of to measure one’s E.Q. (Ernie quotient).

Over the years, Mr. Borgnine and his beautiful wife, Tova have made a few visits to the shrine. According to Jean, “The first time they came in, we were in shock, although it is not uncommon to see a famous face at the Flats, the reaction was unlike anything I’ve ever seen.” A ten minute-long standing ovation from the patrons, many of whom were far too young to remember ‘McHale’s Navy‘, greeted the star and his wife. Their presence is always a major event.

Tortilla flats

Some new friends I met at Tortilla Flats...they took great care of us!

New York City

Taking a stroll along the Hudson River on a beautiful spring day!

Battery Park

If you look very closely, you can see the Statue of Liberty really far behind me!

New York City

One of New York's finest. This magnificent work horse doesn't take his job lightly!

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13 Responses to “Polly #2 and Polly #3 went to New York City”

  1. It looks like you had a great day in the big apple. Your pictures are great, but I can’t seem to spot the picture of the Statue of Liberty…but no worries…I still like the pic very much!

  2. Hi !
    i am one of the french guy on the ESB !! So sweet souvenirs from our travel and our meet with Polly

  3. Hi Stephane~
    It was great meeting you and your friends on the top of the Empire State Building! That’s the wonderful thing about our frog…we get to meet lots of new people! 🙂 I hope you enjoyed your visit to the United States.

    We misplaced the paper where we had written down all of your names. If you read this, would you please write down your friends names so we can label the picture in this post? Thanks so much!

    Candee (and of course Polly #3 too!)

  4. Hi Stephane,

    I’m so glad you contacted us. Like Candee said, I’ve misplaced the paper with your names on it. I’m so happy you saw the post and wrote to us. I’m sorry it took so long to put the New York City post on our website but I’m happy that you were able to see it.

    I hope you see this and will write back with the names of your friends. I also hope you had a great visit to the United States.

    Debbie and Polly #2

  5. Hi,

    I too am one of French on the photos of the ESB ! This stay in New York will remain unforgettable! Our meeting with you and Polly was really nice!

    Here are our first names (from left to right): Stéphane, Delphine, Aurélie and Sébastien!

    Thank you very much!
    Goodbye, maybe in France!


  6. Hi Aurelie,

    Thank you for sending the names of the people in the picture. Later today I will make sure to put the names on the picture. It was really nice meeting all of you and hope you enjoyed your stay in the United States.

    It seems that since we’ve been traveling with Polly, we’ve had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people from around the world like all of you. I hope you are able to visit again someday!

  7. Hi,
    Aurelie did good job !! nothing more to say 😉 Just one thing, is it possible to send me the two pictures in good quality ? i want to put them on my wall !! 🙂

  8. Stéphane,

    I will send those pictures to you as soon as possible. It was great hearing from you again.


  9. I enjoyed reading the comments from the French travelers. It’s not often that you get feedback from a picture! This is what being a travel frog (or traveler in general)is all about. Governments may not always get along, but people make friends wherever they go. I’d like to thank our new friends from France for making a good post even better! C’est tres bon! (Sorry, no accent marks.)

  10. I think the horse in the picture is my long lost brother Seabiscuit!

  11. hi,

    Thank you for the add of the first names! We are stars now! Lol
    Our mascot is a bear (Derek Jeter Bear)
    Bought from the store Build has Bear Workshop! Brilliant concept!

    What do you say about it?


  12. This is cool! You went to New York and met people all the way from France??? You can’t beat that!


  13. I love your bear pics! Cute!