A few weeks ago Jeff and I took a fabulous, amazing, exciting, delicious, child free trip to New York City. After multiple passes I have finally narrowed down my top 50 pictures. That's probably still too many for one blog post so this one will have to come in multiple installments.
This trip really began back in January, when Jeff gifted me a trip to NYC for my 30th birthday. Due to scheduling and weather restrictions, we finally took the trip 6 months later. Conveniently, the delay put the trip pretty close to our 10 year anniversary next month, so we had no shortage of things to celebrate. Our trip officially started when our good friends and traveling buddies, the Maynes, met us at the airport in Newark. We took the ferry from New Jersey to New York and caught our first sight of the New York skyline from the deck. It was a bit windy up there, as you can tell.
The next morning we headed out to Times Square to pick up some rush tickets to Newsies. We showed up just as the box office opened, and after a short wait walked away with our $30 "obstructed view" tickets. From there we headed to breakfast at Sarabeth's, where despite the long line, we sat right down. Gotta love OpenTable and their easy reservation service! I can't remember what everyone else ordered, but I got the lemon ricotta pancakes and they were amazing.
After breakfast we went to the Rockefeller center to catch the views from the top. I loved the fabulous view of the Empire State Building from the Top of the Rock. We also had some killer Central Park views. We could see the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and just about everything in between.
My original plan had been to go spend the rest of the afternoon at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), but I'd found out during my pre-trip research that the museum would be free that evening from 4-8. So instead we had a few hours to kill. We started to walk towards Central Park but were intercepted by a guy on a taxi bike. We bartered for a bit before taking him up on his offer. He and his buddy took us all around Central Park on their bikes, telling us about the history of the park and pointing out where countless movies had been filmed. They were a riot and we had a good time talking to them, especially once Jon revealed he spoke Russian (they were from Moldova).
The trade off for going to the MoMA during a free night was wading through the crowds. It took us forever to check our backpacks just to get into the museum! Once we were in, we went straight to the floor with artists names we recognized. None of us consider ourselves art connoisseurs, but it seemed wrong to pass up the opportunity to see original Monets and Van Goghs. Although I know nothing about art and cannot comprehend the time and talent it took to produce these masterpieces, it was still pretty amazing to see them in person and appreciate their beauty as much as our non-artist minds could.
That night we went to our most highly anticipated restaurant: Don's Bogum, a Korean barbecue. None of us had ever eaten Korean barbecue before, so we had no idea what to do, but we ordered what had been recommended to us and watched as the waiter brought dozens of dishes with mysterious condiments and fired up a grill right in the middle of the table. He began grilling up meat there in front of us, and when it was done, we would take it right off the grill and eat it. Every bite was piping hot and OH SO GOOD. Our favorite was the short ribs, but every meat we had was pretty darn amazing. My only regret is it was over too soon, but at $75 a couple, we couldn't afford another round.
After dinner we made our way to Broadway to see Newsies. Our rush seats put us on the very edge of a row, so it was a little difficult to see things happening on the side of the stage closest to us, but for the most part we didn't mind where we sat at all. I was a little disappointed by some of the main characters, but the ensemble was extremely talented with several contestants from So You Think You Can Dance. Their stunts and dancing were the highlight of the show, for sure. I also enjoyed the places where the show strayed from the movie. It was nice to have a surprise here and there and a few new songs, too.
Thus ended our first full day in New York. Days 2 and 3 coming soon.