So we decided to redeem our sightseeing bus tickets that I purchased online. We walked to the Times Square Visitor's Center where we caught the Downtown Gray Line bus tour.
Although the bus tour was a little overrated because we had already seen a lot of the city, it gave us a different perspective being higher up (it was a double decker bus). A didn't like it because we got stuck in traffic and he prefers walking. Being part of the sights, sounds and smells rather than experiencing it through a glass window.
The bus dropped us off in Soho where we had lunch at an unnamed deli. Although the food sucked, we felt like real New Yorkers instead of tourists. We walked all the way down Broadway to the Financial District checking out all of the buildings and stores along the way. Got a feel for the vibe on Wall Street. NYSE. The 9/11 Memorial.
New York Stock Exchange
Battery Park was a bit of a mess due to Hurricane Sandy. Apparently downtown was hit the hardest in the storm. Liberty and Ellis islands were still closed. But we did stand at the tip of Manhattan to take in the view of Lady Liberty.
All this walking was making me crave a sweet treat. So we hopped back on the bus at Battery Park and rode it to Greenwich Village to try the famous Magnolia Bakery cupcakes. The shop was so much smaller and cramped than I imagined. I was hoping for a small table to enjoy my hot tea and coconut cupcake. No such luck. There were literally no tables. In California, we sometimes take the wide open space for granted. In Manhattan, there is none. I saw an outdoor board that said "if you have a lot of space in NYC, you're either really rich or really small".
The meringue, sweet goodness gave me the energy I needed for the walk back to home base to freshen up for the evening. We decided to try the restaurant in our hotel for dinner. Although I haven't been drinking in preparation for IVF, I decided to have a few libations with the hubs. Mind you, this was an extremely rare instance that I get the opportunity to drink with A. In the past 8 years, I've only seen him drunk twice. He doesn't drink. But he was in the mood so I was down.
We had a fun dinner laughing and enjoying each other's company. A actually had 3 drinks and half of mine. He's pretty funny when he is drunk because he acts silly which I love. In hindsight, he might've been preparing himself for the next part of the evening. Z100's Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden. Seeing a show at The Garden, the most famous arena in the world, was pretty exciting. But the downside...we were surrounded by screaming 13 year old girls.
not a male in the house
There were tons of different artists that played in the show. A's fave was B.O.B representing from the dirty south, ATL. Taylor Swift and Jason Mraz were also pretty good. But I really enjoyed Ne-Yo and Justin Bieber the most. Probably because I love dance and can really appreciate artists who can put on a good performance in addition to just singing.
The Biebs with no shirt
I can see why all the little girlies swoon. He's got swag for a sweet, blonde Canadian boy.