There are a LOT of pictures from this day, so brace yourselves for some awesomeness. We started a little early because we had so many things that we wanted to do. We packed almost all of our tourist-y stops for day four. We started out at The Radio City Music Hall but couldn’t get a backstage tour until later, so we went to the place I wanted to visit most.
Also, Jon (the brother-in-law) took most of the photos. I will indicate if someone else took the photo, but otherwise just assume it was him.
The One World Trade Center and the memorial. I have wanted to visit the memorial for years.
The memorial was very busy. It is built where the two towers were, with names all around the edges.
The new tower is beautiful.
I don’t know what to say about the memorial. It is perfect. I think, for me personally, the experience could be kind of intense, but being there with loved ones made it more chill and easier to soak in.
We found a church! It was beautiful and in the middle of being renovated.
A few blocks away from the church is Battery Park. You can see the Statue of Liberty in the distance. We saved some money (and some time) and just viewed Lady Liberty from the park. It’s pretty surreal to see all of these things in person, especially for a primarily west coast woman. I mean, LA and Hollywood, sure–I’ve seen it plenty of times. But seeing iconic sites in New York City is something else.
Photo credit: Randy
Photo credit: Randy
To protect my locals’ reputations, I won’t tell you how long it took for us to find a subway station. Apparently we ended up taking a slower train than normal, but once again, I’m from the west coast and I thought we got there in no time. At least I’m easy to impress.
Clearly having a great time.
Being extremely attractive.
When being a tourist in New York City, make sure to stay well out of the way of passersby.
Risa blessed us with an amazing experience–tickets to The Christmas Spectacular, featuring the Rockettes. We went on a backstage tour (definitely worth it) and then to lunch at the best place known to mankind.
The Melt Shop. An entire restaurant devoted to grilled cheese sandwiches. Our milkshake was made with real Nutella. Life = made.
We had some time after lunch before the Spectacular so we braved Rockefeller Center. We waded through hundreds of people to get an ideal shot. Unfortunately we didn’t go ice skating, or get any shots with the ice (my photographer heart ached a bit at that lost opportunity), but it was incredibly busy. We got out of there pretty quickly once Jon got a couple shots.
Guess what store was right across the street?
The American Girl Place.
Unfortunately my doll, Molly, has been discontinued so she is no longer on display in the store. Neither is Felicity, who Risa had. Kasey’s doll Samantha, however, is still alive and kicking. Lucky duck.
Finally, the time had come. The Christmas Spectacular. It was amazing. It really captures the magnificence of both Christmas and New York City. I’m not a city girl. I love wide open places and starry skies. But I can’t deny that there is a certain magic about New York. I expected it to be dirty, smell, and be absolutely bursting with crowds. I have been to Hong Kong, however, and New York City is so much more pleasant. It kind of has this artistic gleam about it, wide open to possibilities.
I only spent two days in the city. I have no experience with living there, or different seasons. I stayed in Manhattan. But at least the place left a good impression.
Where else would tourists go at night in New York City but Times Square? And two days before New Years Eve, also.
Pretty sure Kasey and Randy were the only two prepared for this photo, with different results, but I wanted to share it with you because the stage being built behind us was for new years eve in Times Square. What the even heck, SO COOL.
I will never turn down an opportunity to go to Starbucks. After leaving Times Square we headed over to 9th Street and got some hot beverages before finding a place to eat dinner.
Photo credit: Jamie
We found an awesome thai restaurant called Room Service on 9th. We had to wait for a table for a while, but we were in good company and it was worth it. Plus the environment is really cool.
That is the last picture from the night. After eating, we walked back to the car in the freezing cold. I don’t remember if it was actually that cold but San-Diego-acclimated-Jamie in her good coat and layers was feeling it. We left the city after ten pm and drove back to Risa’s place.
I really appreciated Risa and Randy on this trip. Not only was it majorly convenient to have locals take us around the city, taking a lot of stress out of navigation, but they are both really fabulous people. They don’t care who you are, what you believe, or what your chosen lifestyle–they like you and accept you just the way you are. They are also insanely good hosts. Thanks for an amazing time, Princess Poopy Pants and Selfish Smooth Hands. I’m definitely going to come back some day.
Next week I will post some photos and stories from our drive home on day five. Thanks for joining in this piece of my first time in New York City.