Wednesday, September 5, 2012

new york, new york

So, I really have had the best summer.  Not only did my parents move to our town (yikes, another post I need to get to!), but we have been blessed to take some wonderful trips and to spend some sweet time with family.  I'm pretty sure I have mentioned this before, but I really do have the best in-laws.  They are the kind of family that would do ANYTHING for you (literally anything...I've heard Stan say about someone before: "you know, they're the kind of person who would lay down in the road for you"...well, that's them), and they are just so full of love and fun.  Besides my own mom, Stan's mom and sister are two of my best friends, so you can imagine how thrilled I was when they invited little ole me to go to New York with them!!

We had all been before, so with the touristy tasks behind us, we were just in for a grand time soaking up the city!  It was so. much. fun.  And, a refreshing break for me :).

The only thing scheduled that we for sure wanted to do was visit the 9/11 memorial.  It was very sobering...just unreal.  My first trip to New York was four months after the attacks...I can remember blinds still being crumpled in the trees next to the site.

The memorial was very well done and beautiful.

This was the view from our room looking out at Times Square.

 Outside our hotel at night.

We visited the Today Show.

And so did Chris Rock :).

The Met.

Okay, did not know you could go to the roof of the Met until this trip.  This was up there on my list of favorites from this visit...loved the view overlooking Central Park.

Umm, this is way up there on my list of favorite spots in New York, too.  The elm trees on "the Mall" in Central park.   I could perch myself on a bench, even (and maybe especially) on a gloomy day such as this, with the foilage hanging low for HOURS.  I just love this spot.  Looks like something out of a movie (hehe).

We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Statue of Liberty from the bridge...

View of the Manhattan Bridge from the Brooklyn Bridge.

All along, I was receiving the sweetest pictures of our girls from my amazing husband and mother.  So grateful they helped me go on a vacation!

Grand Central Station.

The ceiling is amazing.

Hmm, it seems as though all of my favorite spots in New York City involve trees...this was Bryant Park.  SO nice.

We saw Chicago on Broadway!

Before the show :).

We ate gooood.  (Le Grainne in Chelsea for breakfast)  Everywhere we ate was amazing.

Buvette in West Village...the best crepe EVER.  

Chelsea Market.  So incredibly neat.

Eating some more...cupcakes this time.

Highline Park.  Definitely a must-do.

Washington Square Park.

The Flatiron Building.

Dylan's Candy Shop!!!

A few other things we did:  Ate at So Sa Borella (yummmo Italian food), Stardust diner (people trying to make it on Broadway work there and stop to sing while waiting tables), and Eataly.  We planned to bike through Central Park but wound up letting a guy bike us through :), and we visited a couple of friends who live up there.  So fun!

Stan's mom found this website called A Cup Of Jo that gave us several ideas of where the "locals" love to visit and eat.  Really made the trip!

Ahh, we had such a great time!!  


Penny said...

Looks like a blast!! Those food pics made me hungry! =)

The McCormick Family said...

Yay for all of the fun pictures! I have missed you in blog land:)

"GG"s Heart 2 Home Notes said...

Beautiful pictures!! You could seriously be a professional photographer!! So glad you had a wonderful trip!! Love you! :) mom

Carey said...

What a fun trip! So glad u got a good break!! And that food...I'm thinking that would be my favorite part too ;))

Kristen T said...

Fun times in NYC! Looks like ya'll had a wonderful time! Your pictures are amazing too. Seeing/reading this made me want to go on a girls trip!!

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