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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

my state of mind.



Yippeee!
We are headed to NYC in a few weeks to play.
It will be a great distraction from the impending IVF procedure that we are embarking on.
Having lived in Boston and the DC area, I've done most of the tourist things in Manhattan, but A has never been to New York. So it's up to me to show him the sites. We will only be there for 4 days but I'm planning on packing in the activities.

Below are some ideas that I've come up with.

1.  Ice skating in Central Park - I've always wanted to go ice skating in Central Park. It is even on my 40 before 40 list. Not sure what the weather will be like (snowing or not), but this is such a fairy tale activity to do when visiting New York in December. Especially when I'll have my fave boy with me!


2.  Cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery - This bakery located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan is known for their cupcakes and other sweet treats. Magnolia cupcakes have been featured in countless magazines and movies. Besides being an iconic part of the NYC culture, these cupcakes are just downright delicious. And if I'm being honest, A doesn't eat sweets so this one is totally for me.


3.  Walk across the Highline - When I lived on the East Coast, this park wasn't built yet so I think it's definitely worth checking out. It is an elevated park that runs along old freight-train tracks, part of the New York Central Railroad. It starts a few blocks from the meatpacking district where we'll be staying. 

4.  Take in the view from Top of the Rock - Going to Top of the Rock is something you simply must do in New York to make your visit complete. There is truly no other vantage point in the city that offers the inspiring, unobstructed views you'll find high atop the Rockefeller Center. I think A will enjoy seeing the city from this dramatic viewpoint. 

5.  Visit the Statue of Liberty - Unfortunately, due to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, the Statue of Liberty is closed in indefinitely. Liberty Island and its historic neighbor, Ellis Island, were both victimized by the record high water level in the harbor as Sandy took no mercy on the national landmarks. That being said, I think we'll get a water taxi to take us out to get a closer look even though we won't be able to walk onto the island.

6.  Stroll across the boardwalk on Coney Island - Although the rides will probably not be running this time of year, we may take the train to visit the historic seaside of Brooklyn and walk along the boardwalk. We don't usually eat hot dogs but might need to make an exception for Nathan's famous dogs. Gotta do it for the experience, right?


7.  Eat pasta in Little Italy - My mouth is watering right now thinking about the gargantuan plate of pasta that I plan to order and ingest. We'll just walk beside the narrow, cobblestoned streets beneath the fire escapes of turn-of-the-century tenements on Mulberry Street until we're so tempted by the sights, sounds and smells of Italian cuisine and culture emanating from the restaurants that we have to stop and eat. Homemade sauce. The smell of garlic. A glass of Chianti. Can't wait!!! 
We're open to any suggestions you may have for restaurants. 

8.  Night out in Times Square - A trip to New York wouldn't be complete without taking in the craziness that is Times Square. Even though crowds and shopping are not my hubby's favorite things. It is hard not to be blown away when standing in the middle of Times Square for the first time. I'm looking forward to experiencing that energy, the lights, and the grit of the city with my hubby. 


What do y'all think?
Is there anything that I've missed that A has to see or do on our trip?
Let me know some of your favorite things about NYC.


30 comments:

Toni Rapp said...

Sounds like an amazing trip. I have wanted to visit NY for many years now. I am hoping we can very soon. Have fun!

Angela said...

This trip sounds like so much fun! Enjoy yourselves!

rachel said...

oh my gosh! i'm going to have to resist the urge to stalk you while you're here ;)

i think your list is a great one....you've covered all the bases....except....they have the most amazing holiday mart in union square from thanksgiving through christmas....it takes up the whole park and it is my favorite NYC holiday thing. they have the coolest stuff ever! if you have a chance, you should definitely check it out!! :)

Lauren Thomas said...

Oh I super love New York! I think one of the great deals are the bus tours. I think we paid $40/each for 5 different tours, including Brooklyn and the Water tours (which takes you to Lady Liberty....but the staton island ferry is free). And with the buses, you see everything, and can get on and off as often as you like! Have fun!

kendra kay said...

oh my gosh im so jealous! dying to go to new york!! have a fabulous time!

Heather said...

Sounds like a great trip! I love Magnolia cupcakes!! And the Highline is just such a cool area. I haven't been there in the winter, but skating in Central Park would be on my list too. Are you seeing a show? Newsies is fantastic.

sunnyside up said...

I am SUPER jealous!
I grew up on the East Coast of the states and ALWAYS wanted to go to NY.
I've never made it there.
Please, please, please promise to update us on all your fun!

And enjoy a cupcake and pasta for me!!!

Mrs. H said...

Looks like you have a great list compiled. If ice skating in central park doesn't work out you can always skate at the Rockerfeller Center. I always loved watching skaters in the evening when I lived in NY. Enjoy your trip!

Myers Family said...

My hubby and I have discussed some of the same places on our trip but we want to take a carriage ride in Central Park and visit the "Friends" fountain.
Have Fun in NYC! I can't wait to go one day!

TracyZLesh @ Then I Got To Thinking said...

So fun - what a great time to go with the Holidays coming up, I bet it'll be gorgeous!

Erin said...

I LOVE this post! I mean I would hope so since I live here haha. You should make sure to check out the famous tree at Rockefeller center after you go to the top of the rock.

Amy said...

Yay all of those things look like so much fun!! I hope you enjoy your trip! :)

Shannon Elise said...

What a fabulous trip! I have never been to NY either. Your list sounds great. The only other things on my list would be the NY Tiffany store, go to Gray's Papaya, and go on a carriage ride through Central Park. Have a fabulous time!!

Nicole Marie said...

when i was in in nyc i didn't do any of that! oh well will just have to go back!

Recently Roached said...

Love that song! And yay for NY! :) Hope you have a blast!

Heather Gwinup said...

See a show on Broadway!!

sass @ (In)fertility Unexplained said...

If you're doing the High Line, the Chelsea Market is worth a trip too :) Have fun!

Micah Cain said...

Hope he enjoys it! & you too :)
I went about 6 years ago and can't wait to go back some day!

Team Harries said...

That all looks amazing!!! Have a fun, safe and relaxing trip :)

Janna Renee said...

These are fabulous ideas!! I would add going to see the Rockettes and visiting Macy's. Both are a must for the holidays!

Lisamarie said...

Oh I am so envious! Be sure to eat at the boathouse In central pal. Rent a little boat if that is still an option (it depends when you go). And check out the bar McSorely's. It's historic and amazing. Your hubs should like it.

Jayme and Mendi said...

You guys are going to have a blast!! My mom and I are going up for a girls weekend right after Thanksgiving and I can't wait!! We might be making a trip to Magnolia too!

Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

Alicia said...

Enjoy your vacay!

Alie said...

Have so much fun in NYC! My favorite things to do when visiting are to browse the smaller boutiques and restaurants - there are a lot that I love in Chelsea. And I always love to catch a Broadway show if I can :)

Diana, Down Home Traveler said...

Serendipity Cafe - for a frozen hot chocolate! :) Have fun!

irene wibowo said...

that's wonderful :)
Irene Wibowo

pregnancyviaivf said...

Hi from ICLW...due to the hurricane coney island may not be what you want to see...they saw devastation just as an FYI

Katie said...

i've never been to new york but want to! those look like great things to do!

Clarinda @ Enjoying the Course said...

This post makes me miss NYC! When was that park built? Those cupcakes having me drooling, and may I suggest taking the Staten Island ferry to go by the Statue of Liberty? It's free (I'm pretty sure), and you get fairly close. Have so much fun and take lots of pictures. :D

Jennifer Sanzo said...

You might want to check how clean up is going on Coney Island... I know it got hit pretty hard by hurricane sandy - so that might have to get scratched off the list for now...

Go see a show - Newsies was fantastic!

Insider tip: Metropolitan Museum of Art - those prices are suggested donations... so you can give 0.25 for admission and get in :)

I could give you a million places to eat (I grew up in NJ and grew up going to NYC) email me if you want some ideas :)

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