Jun 9, 2014

NYC Recap!

I had never been to NYC before, so I was SO excited for this trip! We stayed for four nights and it was perfect. Obviously, there is so much to do in the city and we barely scratched the surface, but I loved everything we got to do! 

We arrived on a Tuesday, and that evening we headed to the 9/11 Memorial. A few weeks before we had reserved "free Tuesday tickets" so we didn't have to pay the $25/person to see the museum. Anything free is my idea of a good time.
The Freedom Tower.

nyc-web-2This is firetruck of Ladder Company 3 that helped dozens escape from the towers until all were killed in the collapse of the building. The memorial is... so sad and brought back so many memories. But it's very well done and worth a visit. 

Where the towers used to stand. 


Grand central station. 

We ate a fancy dinner at Eataly, which if you can tell by Eric's smile, was amazing. Eataly is pretty unbelievable. It's essentially a giant Italian marketplace with multiple restaurants inside. It's right by the flatiron building and definitely worth a visit.

AND THEN. And then, we saw the Newsies on Broadway. You guys, I grew up watching the movie and I LOVE it. I know all the words to every song and I am just obsessed. Seeing the show was literally a dream come true. It was soooo wonderful.

The next day we did a tour of Rockefeller Center. I had no idea how sprawling the area is, so it was great to learn a little more about it. 



We ended the tour with a visit to the top of 30 Rock, which is... high. 


There was a wedding happening on the Top of the Rock. Yes, a wedding. A sort of costume wedding at that. It was... interesting. 

My favorite travel buddy.

A quick break in Central Park. 

This made me giggle. 

We tried to get a cronut, but they were sold out by the time we got there. Instead, we got the best croissants of our lives, so it worked out okay. 

We spent a little time in Chinatown.

We ate in Greenwhich Village at the cutest little lunch place ever. It's called The Little Owl and it's ranked #8 on Trip Advisor for a reason. It is so so good. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.


 Me and my honey in Times Square.

It was such a great trip and it was so wonderful to see many things I had only seen on TV before. I actually like the city a lot more than I thought I would. Of course, there is so much more to see/do so I can't wait to go back!

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  1. I have so many sad memories of 9/11 so glad there is a memorial for it. The parking signs were humorous. How was driving there in the city? If you drove. The driving to and in NYC intimidates me. Rachel xo btw- I am doing a Mall of Style giveaway today and for two weeks, come on by and enter for a chance to win. http://garaytreasures.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/mall-of-style-necklaces-giveaway/

  2. I love NYC! I'm glad you guys had a great trip. :-)


  3. Looks like a fun trip! I'm East-Coast-Centric (I'm a jerk, I know), so it's hard for me to conceptualize people who live in other parts of the country not getting to visit New York (or DC, or Boston) all the time. It's always strange for me to hear that people have never been. I obviously need to get out of my East Coast Bubble more often. Also, I've hardly been to any interior states, so I really shouldn't be talking.

    Also, do I see a haircut? Looks good!

  4. I loved reading and looking at all your gorgeous pictures! I was so little the one time I visited NYC I don't remember it. These make me want to plan a trip! And the food is making me hungry! Yum!

  5. What a good-looking couple you guys make! Sounds like a great trip -- I no longer live in New York, but I'm still always adding things to my to-do list there!

  6. Glad you had a great time! I've actually been to all these places and forgot to recommend them too lol, except for the two restaurants. Never been there, and now I definitely want to check those out! Maybe you can go back around the Christmas holiday season for all the Christmas festivities, the huge tree, decorations etc. It will probably be even more crowded, but you can see the Rockettes show at Radio City which is classic New York. I saw it two years ago, and it was super fun :-)

  7. Ah! I love all the pictures, but my favorite is that red sign. Don't even THINK of parking here. haha! Love it. Looks like an awesome trip! Your smile in that Newsies pic is huge :)

  8. I think I fell in love with NYC when I went to Grand Central Station. We stayed a block from there on Christmas week and it was just incredible.

  9. I'm glad you had such a great trip! I'm so behind and need to recap both NYC and DC but I don't even know where to start since we were there for 2 weeks!

  10. It looks like you had a lot of fun! Were you able to go to the 9/11 museum? It was still under construction the last time I went. It's really awesome that you got to take in a Broadway play while you were there too!

  11. Your trip looks like a lot of fun! I'd love to be able to go there someday too and see everything that you always see in movies/on tv/in pictures!

  12. Oh, this post brings back so many memories of my trip! Looks like you had so much fun. Wish the 9/11 museum would have been open when we were there. I think my favorite part of the memorial is the survivors tree.

  13. Your pictures are gorgeous! It looks like you had such an ahmazing time!! I LOVED the newsies as a kid--ahh so fun you got to go see that :)


  14. I love NYC!!! Sounds like you had so much fun! I would love to see Newsies on broadway :)


  15. New York is a pretty amazing city. Glad you had such a great time, and got to really take in all the sights, shows, and food. Looks like you had great weather too!
    Chic on the Cheap

  16. OMG! I Loved every picture! Definitely, the best spots in NYC. Glad you had fun!!!!!

  17. This looks amazing! What a fun experience for you and Eric to share and remember. Such great pictures! I was able to snatch a cronut in the LAX airport on our way home and it was amazing. Why don't we have them?! If we ever make it, I am totally re-reading this/hitting you up for info.

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  18. Your pictures are so good and it looks like you had an amazing trip.

  19. So much to see and do in NYC though you hit a lot of good ones. The memorial would be tough to see but worth it.

  20. Looks like such a fun trip. I love NY, I could never live there but always have a amazing time visiting. :)

  21. I'm SO glad you saw Newsies. I grew up watching it too and described it the exact same way... A dream come true! I cried throughout the entire show... It was magical!

  22. Oh my goodness this looks like fun! My daughter is a dancer and I want to take her to NYC so badly! Thanks for the great recap! You did everything we want to do! susan

  23. Looks like you had a fantastic trip! I am super jealous. I have been to NY twice and all I want to do is go back!


  24. I can tell you had such a great time in NYC! I love that there's just so much to discover!

    xo Jackie
    Something About That

  25. Loved reading about your trip to NYC! It looks like you guys ate well while you were there. I visited the city when I was in high school, but I'd love to go back as an adult. There seems to be so much to do that I think you could visit NYC regularly and always find new things to go and do. I've always heard that it's magical at Christmas.

  26. My husband and I have a trip to NYC planned for sometime in the next year and this post makes me all kinds of excited about it! We went while we were in college, but we were with a group of friends and just followed them around the city, haha! So we missed a lot of cool stuff. I'm excited to go back! :) Eataly looks like it definitely needs to be on our to-eat list! I know we'll want to see Chinatown too! And of course visit Central Park (can you believe we missed that last time?!)! This post has me all excited to go again, haha! :)

  27. Looks likes the perfect trip and so fun that you got to see Newsies! We have an Eataly in Chicago and it rocks! Your post makes me want to plan a trip!


  28. NYC is my favorite city. It's time I return just for the sake of eating!

  29. What a smart idea to book your 9/11 Memorial tickets in advance. Looking up when museums have free nights is such a good way to save money on a trip. You got some really great photos in NYC, happy to hear it was such a good time!

  30. Fun! I grew up in NY and took my hubby for his first time last summer. My one regret is that we didn't see any shows because hubby's not really into musicals :( So I'm glad you got to see Newsies!

  31. you saw Newsies on Broadway?!?!?!? the dream! everything sounds lovely, I'm so glad you had a wonderful trip! seems like you saw quite a bit for four days!

    ♥ perfectly Priya

  32. That looks like such a fun trip! Those parking signs are amazing. I went to New York about 10 years ago and it was so exciting! I was amazing by how many cars there were and yet just how many people got around by taxi and the subway. I can't imagine trying to drive into the city! I'll have to remember the free admission on Tuesdays to the Ground Zero museum. The area was still fenced off when I went. I'm glad you had such a great time!

  33. this looks like so much fun!! thanks for sharing. i am not good with memorials like that, i cry too easily. holocaust exhibition in london (i think?) had me sobbing like a crazy person. i know its not the same kind of thing, but i just dont deal well with those things. anywho.
    the parking sign is hilarious, and all the food looks amazing, especially the owl place! yum :)


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