New York

Most people I know have been down to New York just for a weekend, so it was past my time to give it a try.  I had a couple friends who were busing down earlier in the week, and then I flew down Friday to meet them and flew back Sunday.  Having done most of the more touristy things alreadt this was an awesome trip.  It was freezing cold out, but we did lots of exploring in lower Manhattan, found an awesome used-clothing store, walked through central park (sometimes running to keep warm), went to the library and saw three musicals.

Basically this is summarizes my weekend.

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It was fantastic.

New York, Days 3-4

Days 3 and 4 were great, but didn’t result in too many pictures.

Breakfast on Day 3 was my favourite ever, based on a recommendation from a wonderful colleague.

And then this turned into a shopping day.  I’m not complaining about it in the slightest (I’m the one who planned this trip, obviously I’m fine with a little shopping), but it’s not fun to just talk about.  So let’s move on.

I did the NBC Studio Tour that evening, which I recommend everyone do once in their life. And then we headed to see our next show: Newsies!

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And pizza and sangria after a show, should really be my new tradition. John’s Pizzeria all the way.

Day 4 was another rambling day.  I was told to check out the Merchant’s House Museum in the East Village, and it was terrific.  One hundred and eighty-four years ago, Joseph Brewster built a brick and marble row house on Fourth Street in what was then a quiet, exclusive suburb of New York City. In 1835, just three years later, the house was purchased by a prosperous hardware merchant, Seabury Tredwell, and the Tredwell family continued to live in the house for almost 100 years.Miraculously, that merchant’s house still stands today, and is furnished as it was back in 1835. The tour takes you through the home and you learn the story of the family that lived there and what life would have been like.  Highly recommend it!

From there we wandered around the East End, stopping by the Scholastic Store, and then eventually finding ourselves at The Strand Bookstore.

I did a bit more shopping (I had to get a summer work wardrobe, okay), and then it was time to go to one last show.

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It was both a very long 4 days, and also a very short 4 days, if that makes any sense at all.  There’s so much to do and see, so we did our best to fit in all we could.  But there’s tons more to do on my next visit.

New York, Day 2

We did everything in day 2.  Like literally walked across all of Manhattan.

We started with the High Line, an awesome park/garden thats on old railway tracks above the city.  We walked the length of it, taking little breaks whenever we felt like doing some people watching.

From here we walked through Chelsea, Greenwich, SoHo, Chinatown, The Meat Packing District and Little Italy on our way to the Brooklyn Bridge. And of course we walked across the bridge while we were there.

If that didn’t make you tired, you’re a stronger person than I am.  I was exhausted, and so we hit up the Staten Island Ferry to get a view of the Statute of Liberty and to have a rest.

And as if that wasn’t enough, we then headed straight to the top of the rock. Otherwise known as the observation platform on the roof of 30 Rock.

As we were passing through Times Square to head back to the hotel, we noticed a larger crowd of people, more than usual, and something being broadcast on a large screen.  And then it clicked – the Tony Awards!  We had unintentionally come to New York during the Tonys.  We stayed to watch with the crowd for a bit, because it’s not often you find yourself surrounded by a group of like-minded people, and then watched the rest from the comfort of our room.

New York, Day 1

As with anyone who loves the theatre, I dreamed of going to New York forever.  So I finally just decided to go, and planned the trip for my 23rd birthday! My friend Jenny and I got a great deal on a hotel near Times Square, and were perfectly in the middle of everything.

We arrived in the afternoon, got settled, and thenwent straight for Central Park.

And then headed down 5th Avenue, making sure to stop by Tiffanys, as one does.

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And that was really it for Day 1.  We had tickets for Kinky Boots, which I knew nothing about, but ending up loving immensely.

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