Empire State of Mind aka More of NY Trip!

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget that I promised to share more about my trip to New York. I just got sidetracked with other things. And these are not all my pictures, I had a hard time picking and choosing what to show you. I have tons of great pictures! But here is a little taste! Enjoy!

Day 2: (A little less hectic, but still pretty jam packed)

Since we had gotten 2-day New York passes, we were determined to fill our time with some awesome outings! I numbered them, so you could see how many things we got out of our passes. We were determined to get our money’s worth and then some!

#1- Biking through Central Park- Great way to see the whole park, but active and burns calories!

#2- NBC Studio tours- Couldn’t take pictures during the tour, but got some before!
#3- Boat tour around the Island- (Well we didn’t go all the way around, but mostly the good parts)

We then headed back to Times Square to get tickets to another show. This time we saw the 2010 Tony Winner- “Memphis”. It was again fabulous and had great music and dancing. And we sat next to this older couple that was from New Jersey. He was a middle schoool music and drama teacher for 25 years! We had a great conversation before the show and at intermission. I was actually really encouraged by him and all that he did.

Times Square after the show!

Day 3: (Sunday)

It is funny, but one of my favorite things that we did on this trip was visit a church, Redeemer Presbyterian (Tim Keller’s church). He did speak, but it was still a highlight because after being in a city for a couple of days, being around brothers and sisters in Christ, was encouraging and refreshing.

After church, we started our Museum rounds.

#4- American Museum of Natural History- (There wasn’t anything fascinating enough to take pictures of, so I took one out the window.) By this point, I was ready for a nap.
#5- The Metropolitan Museum of Art- (I was a geeking out a little, because I have seen this building so many times on TV and in movies)

Pretty sure my mom has a copy of this in her house, or used to.

#6- The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) I could have spent all day here.

Then took a break to hammer out a plan for the rest of the day.

We took the subway to Ground Zero and to dinner.

For dinner we tried out a Vegan restaurant that my brother and sister-in-law love! Gobo!

#7- Empire State Building- (We probably waited in line for an hour- but it didn’t feel like that)
There I am waiting for Mr. Right, but there were so many people, I bet he couldn’t get through the crowd. Too bad! 🙂

It was pretty windy up there!

#8-The Top of the Rock (aka Rockefeller Center) had a better view, I thought. And less people!

Day 4: We got up early and went to get in line to be on the TODAY Show….and it worked!

Then I met Al Roker and he liked my hat!

We recorded the show so we could check it for us when we got home! And there we are!!

Finally, I thought I would share a picture of our hotel! The Jewel, it was pretty amazing! We got a great deal!

New York, New York : Day 1

Okay, so 1.5 weeks later, I am finally posting about our trip to New York. It has been a crazy couple of weeks, and I am still somewhat recovering.

(Perhaps I am tired because I went running at 7am this morning. Not sure)
Anyways, it might take a couple of posts to share with you all that we did, but it is worth the read!

Here we are at the beginning of the trip! Our feet felt fine, we were rested and ready to go!

We flew into New York on Thursday night. We had to wait a bit to catch our shuttle, but so glad that we didn’t waste 80 bucks on a cab!

We arrived at our hotel after a lot of twists and turns on the streets of New York. What was fun about coming in at night was we got to see the city all lite up and got to witness first hand how the city doesn’t sleep.

Day 1:
We thought it would be fun to get up early to for the Today Show’s Concert Series. Chris Brown was playing and we thought it would be a fun way to start out our trip. In order to get a good spot, you have to get there at 6am even though the show doesn’t start until 7am. Well, we got up at 5:30 am and joined the other 18,000+ fans outside the NBC Studios.

Needless to say we didn’t last long, me specifically. I tend to be a tad claustrophobic and the pressing crowds weren’t the fun I was counting on at 6:30 in the morning. The concert was just starting as we walked away.

(Here is Chris Brown starting his concert.)

We found a lovely diner that served pancakes and coffee!

We then made our way to Central Park, stopping to take pictures of interesting things.

We eventually found Good Morning America’s Concert Series and enjoyed some music by Brad Paisley!

I think I have seen this fountain in a movie or two.

We had seen some girls in front of us take pictures like this, we thought we would be cool too!
Broadway, baby!!

We pretty much spent all afternoon in Times Square!

Our dinner before the show at Stecchino!

“Catch Me If You Can” at the Neil Simon Theater!!
Times Square at Night!

Day 2 to come next!