New York Minute

OK, since I’ve been getting more and more dreadful about making timely updates, here’s an only somewhat delayed weekend update.

Get comfy, this is gonna be a long one. And as always, click on a picture to see a bigger version.

K and I had been to New York separately, but never together.  When she saw that Hugh “I Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Be This Talented” Jackman was staring in his own one man show, she found the impetus for us to schedule a slightly delayed anniversary celebration:

At the airport, but fashionably dressed for a weekend in NYC

The Statue of Liberty, as seen from our arriving plane

Our first Genuine NYC Experience upon landing was taking a cab into the city.  Let’s recap the top five ways this was life-threatening, shall we?

  1. I’m not sure the cab was being maintained at its best, since every warning light on the dash was illuminated.
  2. We used parts of the road never intended for traffic, such as shoulders, emergency stopping spots, and possibly on top of several pedestrians
  3. We did all this while the cab was doing 70 mph at times.
  4. We did all this while the cabbie was completely asleep at times.
  5. I’m not kidding about #4.

So after arriving at the hotel and kissing the ground, be noticed that our hotel was really conveniently located on the same block as Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral:

Our NYC-tiny, but nicely decorated and impeccably clean hotel room.

But the view looked out onto an office building.

K at the Rockefeller Center ice rink, directly across from our hotel

Rockefeller Center

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Saks Fifth Ave ... ON Fifth Ave.

Inside Saks, K collects decorating ideas.

Luckily for our wallet, K did not collect anything here.

The "Looks like a hole in the wall, but opens up into an incredible Chinese restaurant" we Yelped for Friday night dinner.

We so wished we could have wrapped up the leftovers and mailed them home.

Walking around Friday night, K found more decorating ideas.

We spend most of Saturday morning and early afternoon on a group tour, starting with a boat ride from midtown to Battery Park, walking around and touring the 9/11 Memorial, walking through the trendy East River port, boating over to Brooklyn and around the Brooklyn Bridge, boating around the Statue of Liberty, then back up to midtown.

K and our tour guide, with her "Follow Me" lightsaber.

This is as close as I will get to winning a Heisman Trophy.

Walking up to Ground Zero

Waiting to enter the Memorial

Inside the Memorial, at the base of the new WTC1

The South Tower Memorial

The waterfalls are a very nice part of the memorial

Included on the South memorial are the names of those killed at the Pentagon ...

... including the name of a former coworker of mine.

I saw a show about the building of the memorial where they mentioned how the panels are slightly heated or cooled, to make sure they are always comfortable to the touch.

Remnants of the original WTC on display in a soon-to-open museum

This tree was recovered from the wreckage of the WTC. It was taken offsite, tended for a decade, then returned as a part of the memorial.

Leaving the memorial, we ran across the lovely "Occupy Wall Street" protest. The less I say about this, the better.

Tall ships at the East River harbor.

On the boat, heading under the Brooklyn Bridge

Approaching the Statue of Liberty, and listening to some bad jokes:

Could be a postcard

Closed for renovations, so we didn't get to go inside.

But we do have proof we were actually there.

After our tour, we spent a little more time walking around, just seeing the sights (of which there are many).

M&M World, just in case you need chartreuse M&Ms.

Where Dave Letterman films his show ...

... and the often mocked Hello Deli next door.

And what NYC trip would be complete without a pretzel from a street vendor.

After walking 1,423 blocks during the day, we headed back to the hotel for a little rest, before heading right back out for dinner and show.

Bad cell phone shot of the huge filet I had for dinner.

Headed through Times Square after dinner

I call this shot "Proof that we visited another planet"

K giddily awaiting the sight of Hugh Jackman

The show was great.  As I alluded to earlier, one guy shouldn’t be so good looking AND talented.

After the show, we headed to the Top of the Rock observatory on the 68th floor of Rockefeller Center.

The elevator you take to the observatory has a clear ceiling, so you can see the trip up the elevator shaft.

The view from the Top of the Rock

The Empire State Building was sporting orange, white and blue lighting, in honor of the ING-sponsored NYC marathon (more on that later).

On Sunday, we slept in (obviously).  The rest of the day was spent doing some more sight-seeing and attempting to find the most ridiculously priced products available in NYC.  I think K actually bought several of them.

I kid.  She actually show quite a bit of restraint.  I was actually pushing for her to buy more.  Must have been something in the water.

The back of the Today Show set.When you watch the show, this is where you normally see tourists standing, making complete fools of themselves in an attempt to get 2 seconds on TV.

The famous NYC Public Library lions.

I thought birthday parties around here were over the top. This is a 6-year-old's private birthday party on the Rockefeller Center ice rink.

K at the Kate Spade mothership.

K says "You know it's a good day when you find Lord & Taylor on 5th Ave ... and it has 10 floors."

As I mentioned above, the NYC Marathon was also this past weekend. When did we learn of this?  During the terror-inducing cab ride from the airport to our hotel.  Fortunately it didn’t really affect us too much.  But our Saturday tour guide warned that traffic would be a mess Sunday afternoon, so we either needed to give ourselves 4 hours to get to the airport, or we should take the Subway to the JFK light rail system.  Now, we’ve taken the DC Metro a lot.  But the NYC subway is a whole other beast.

K looks a little worried as we take the subway. Either that or she's reacting to the smell of urine.

But, aside from the desire to attack the entire subway system with a power washer, it was fairly easy to get to the airport. We arrived home safely.  But after a whirlwind weekend of skyscrapers, beautiful vistas, solemn memorials, over the top shows, incredible food, less-than-pure air, dazzling assaults on the senses, and planes, trains and automobiles, we were glad to be back in our little slice of suburbia.

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4 Comments on “New York Minute”

  1. Momologuer Says:

    God bless all cab drivers, Ned for doing all the planning (my part only involved properly accessorizing my outfits), and the iPhone, oh and the iPhone battery, and Bernice our fantastic tour guide, and for grandparents! Thank you!

  2. Uncle S Says:

    The girl looks good but the guy with the knit headband and baseball cap: not so much.

  3. quotation marks Says:

    I have many memories of NYC…..now it’s fun for me to see that you have your own memories of the Big Apple. No need for a car. Hustle, bustle….and smells and PEOPLE and thick air. Glad to be back to “fresh air.” I can’t believe that you covered so much…but you have the evidence. Nice to hear some of the narration….and nice not to hear anything and just look at the WTC. So many stories about that, and the Pentagon and Shanksville. But, as they say, on a lighter note, your hotel room looked great; just like a cruise ship and you got to look in on the office worker. There’s only one NYC. I’ve got to get M there someday. Thanks for the traveloge.

  4. miss V. Says:

    We have done the almost exact trip.No HUGH JACKMAN though..Oh well..I love visiting, it’s so busy, so much noise, so many lights, so MANY people of so many cultures..But always glad to come home to the lake & woodland creatures !!! Glad you had a awesome trip…p.s. Daniel was our tour guide..Rather scary if you ponder on that too long..Ha..


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