Prior to last weekend, Brad and I (gasp!) had never been to New York City. Yes, it’s true, we have traveled to nearly 30 countries all over the world, but had never been to one of the most iconic cities in the U.S.
We had been dying to go, so we decided back in April to take a long weekend with our great friends (and neighbors) to NYC. I won’t bore you with all the details (just most of them), but we did a TON while we were there and I thought I would share some pics and highlights from the trip!
(Warning if you are turned off by too many pictures or hate multiple picture collages in a post, please stop reading and come back another day )
We left Wednesday after work and I must say, nothing beats traveling with friends!
We did NYC like true tourists and stayed in Times Square. The view from our hotel room:
Thursday morning after breakfast, we acted like total tourists again and walked around Times Square a little more before hitting the wax museum.
The guys got a huge kick out of it:
Then we ate, walked, drank, ate some more, then walked some more (seemed to be a theme for the weekend). We had afternoon Sangria at Rockefeller Plaza,
then lunch at Carmines and eventually made our way down to the the Ground Zero Memorial.
Thursday night we ended up having a low key dinner at a hole-in-the-wall Turkish restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen, then drinks at the rotating View Lounge in our hotel. (If you have never been in a rotating restaurant/bar…it is definitely an interesting test of the equilibrium!)
Friday morning started bright and early! If you saw my weekly recap, you know that I ran with Jocelyn & Lizzie! The whole morning was country music heaven, as we saw Luke Bryan in Central Park (GMA) , Zach Brown Bank in Rockefeller Plaza (Today Show) and Craig Morgan at Fox & Friends.
And since we are very sophisticated art enthusiasts (sarcasm), we headed over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Rooftop views from the Met:
Clearly Brad likes taking pictures with MJ, The Biebs and Elle McPherson more than with me
We had some time after The Met, so we took a little walk through Central Park and spent some time hanging out by the boat pond (is that really the name of it?).
Then, Friday afternoon was absolutely one of the highlights of the trip…
If you don’t offend easily and don’t mind crude language, etc. it is hilarious. (But understandably controversial and I definitely respect the opposition to it by some.)
Saturday, after breakfast with friends and a quick walk over to check out Central Station, we experienced the other major highlight of the trip…
I am not a Yankees fan, but I think any baseball fan can appreciate seeing a game at Yankee Stadium and experiencing the atmosphere, which is truly like no other. We had an awesome time at the game!
We rounded out Saturday afternoon with rooftop drinks at 230 Fifth. It has a super cool atmosphere and an amazing view of the empire state building.
Finally, Sunday we did a little wheeling & dealing for knock-offs on Canal St. (China Town) and hit up Magnolia’s Bakery for some goodies (cupcakes!) to take home with us.
We were absolutely exhausted at the end of every day and I am not sure how we could have squeezed more into 3 1/2 days!
I am absolutely hooked on NYC and can’t wait to go back. Unfortunately, I didn’t get into the marathon this year, but you can GUARANTEE that I will have my name in that lottery every year until I do.
Until then, I will be scheming a reason to go back and visit…