NYC was a completely different scene from Niagara Falls. In Niagara, we were very laid back and went with the flow. In NYC it’s not possible to be laid back. It is a constant going, moving, doing kind of city. We were able to spend 4 days and 3 nights in New York, so we got to see everything we were hoping to see.
We spent the rest of the day just exploring the downtown area. We saw times square, empire state building, the Rockefeller center, central park, grand central station, and bought m&m’s at m&m world.
We were tired after our early morning traveling so we turned in pretty early on our first night there. We woke up Wednesday morning and went to the Museum of Natural History to see the exhibits and we had heard the guy who does all the stunts for Spiderman was going to be repelling down the building to promote the new movie and the new spider exhibit at the museum. Then low and behold, out walks Andrew Garfield who plays Spiderman in the newest movie. It was fun to see all of this in person and with being obsessed with Spiderman growing up, I was in love!
We had to leave shortly after Andrew came out, because we needed to pick up our passes for the Late Show with David Letterman. I had received a call the week before saying we were selected for the tickets and we could pick them up the day of the show. When we went to pick them up, we must have impressed someone, because they wrote on our passes front row! During the show we were literally ten feet from David Letterman and the guest on the show, Channing Tatum! Pretty awesome. The musical guest was Gaslight Anthem. We hadn’t heard of them, but they were really good. They’re a rock band from New Jersey. It was a really fun show and we are so blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of it. The show aired last Wednesday and if you look closely you can see us for about .5 seconds after a commercial break. I guess that’s one tenth of my 15 minutes of fame. Apparently you can watch it on CBS.com. We weren’t allowed to take pictures at all, not even in the lobby. But we snuck one with our passes, because we were going to have to turn them in.
That night, my friend that we were staying with went with us to put our names in the lottery for “Wicked” tickets. Wicked is one of the best musicals on broadway right now. I’ve never heard a bad comment about the show, so we really wanted to get tickets. Out of a hundred or so people, my name got drawn! I was so shocked, but extremely excited. When you win tickets through the lottery, you only have to pay $25 per ticket, so we were able to go for $50 and we were front row! It seriously was one of the coolest things I’ve been to. The actors were amazing, the costumes, the set, the story itself was just absolutely incredible. We loved every minute of it. We even got to meet the girl who played elphaba, because we happened to be walking right by the door she came out. What an unexpected surprise!
Needless to say, it was quite an exciting day and we had a blast. After the show, we walked around times square again just to see it at night.
Our last full day in NYC was spent seeing the 9/11 Memorial (ground zero), the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. The 9/11 memorial was unbelievable. The emotion you feel when you walk in and see the thousands of names on the waterfalls is overwhelming. The museum is still under construction so we didn’t get to see that which was a bit disappointing, but it was still neat to see the memorial. The waterfalls actually stand at the exact spot the buildings once stood. Pretty cool.
Following that, we took the ferries to Liberty Island and Ellis Island which was neat, because we could see the ny skyline and it was just an all-together beautiful day. The Statue of Liberty seems so small in pictures and on TV, but in person…wow. It’s enormous. Unfortunately it was under construction so we couldn’t go in the base of it, but at least we got to be that close to her. Ellis Island had a cool museum and it was interesting just to see how things operated there and almost put yourself in their shoes. To think about our ancestors going through all of that is, in my opinion, admirable. They left their lives in other countries for a life of freedom and opportunity with nothing but a suitcase or two. And here I am because of them. It just really makes you appreciate your heritage…and America, of course.
After visiting the islands, we decided to walk to the Brooklyn Bride (actually to be more accurate, we were going to take the subway there, but got turned around and ended up right in front of the base of the bridge after miles of walking – haha, smooth). But the bridge was really neat and of course my civil engineer husband loved it. Now that we’ve seen the Golden Gate and Brooklyn Bridges he sleeps a little better at night. Haha kidding. On our way back down the bridge we saw a cute Asian man waiting to cartoonize someone. We thought, “you’re only in nyc once, why not?” So we let him draw us. Tell me if you see a resemblance.
We had half a day on Friday, because we needed to be at the airport between 2:30 and 3, so that meant being on the bus around 1:30 (it takes about an hour with all the stops). So we spent the morning walking through Central Park and went back to the Museum of Natural History for a while, because we hadn’t gotten to see much earlier in the week. Then we ate at the Shake Shack before we headed out. It was delicious and their shakes are fantastic (go figure). Central Park is one of the coolest parks I’ve ever been in. It’s about 2 1/2 miles long and about 1 1/2 miles wide I’d say. There’s so much to do there and see. We didn’t have time to go in the zoo, but we at least stopped by to see it.
It was a bittersweet departure from nyc. We had a great time, but we were ready to be home. We missed our small town (compared to nyc). We are so thankful for such great weather (minus the heat) and very grateful for safety while traveling so much during the week. God is good and always takes care of us!
Since I’ve occupied your time long enough, I won’t bore you any longer (if you’ve even read this far – I know it’s a long post). But be sure to check out NY Adventure (Pt 3 – The Journey Home) coming later this week. It’s sure to be entertaining to anyone, but the two of us, considering what we went through to get home.