|I know it's hard to look past this handsome man,|
but see the Brooklyn Bridge?
|On the subway with trash.|
In case you're wondering, you can click on the photos to see them better.
|Enjoying the aroma|
|Jazz guitar and whatever|
this kid is wearing
|Making out with Lady Liberty|
|Yay for Clipper City!|
|Discovery had a lego exhibit, so we|
took silly photos with the display.
|Man riding a horse holding his|
brain in his hand.
|Matt's being Spider Man|
|Don't I look like the|
|The tiger's gonna eat Matt's head.|
The area we walked through to get there was gorgeous, though. The buildings were amazing, the tall houses stacked right next to each other, the trees providing shade to pedestrians. Very pretty.
After the museum, I saw my first Broadway show: If/Then, staring Idina Menzel (or as she's more affectionately known, Adele Dazeem). It's a new musical (the first performance was in 2013), and tells the story of a woman who moves back to New York to make a fresh start after a failed marriage. She meets two friends in the park, and when they each present her with a different option for how to spend her day, she wonders what would have happened if she had made the other choice. The rest of the show follows the two timelines. It's melancholy in places, funny through most of it, and enjoyable throughout.
|Some of the horns on|
display were super weird
and way cool
|Ancient Art meets Matt|
|My Spinach Strudel|
|Matt's giant cut of meat|
|Hailed this cab!|
(If you've made it this far, reward yourself by enjoying this song.)
|Wooster Street and a happy Matt!|
|My first up-close view|
of the Empire State Building
So, we ditched the line and took a detour to Central Park. Again, the movies don't lie. It's HUGE. The lake is amazing. There were runners all over the place and people on bikes. We saw frisbees getting tossed and a dog walker. We saw families playing together and sunbathers. And to smell grass and touch trees and inhale clean air right there in the middle of the city... it was glorious. We took lots of photos and enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine. I even had a conversation with one of the friendliest little girls I've ever met. AND we had hot dogs in the park. I mean, it was basically the perfect Central Park experience.
|Sexy Me on the Stairs|
|Sexy Me with a Lamp Post|
|Sexy Lake in the Middle of the Park|
|Sexy Matt taking amazing photos|
|"Can I get a hotdog with mustard, please?"|
"No, no ketchup. Just mustard."
"Ketchup and mustard?"
"No ketchup. Just mustard."
|Matt's been wanting to see|
this show for a long time.
We were both so excited!
After the awesomeness of the show, we headed back over to the Empire State Building. I think Someone was helping us out that day because though it was later, and right on the cusp of sunset, and a Sunday evening, the line was two hours shorter. We only waited an hour to get to the 86th floor, aka the Observation Deck. And guys, I have no words. The view is incredible. Here are some photos, though they won't do it justice. Imagine the wind in your hair, the sun on your skin, as you look out over these amazing sites. Hands-down, this was my favorite part of the trip. I could have stayed up there for hours.
We ended the day with dinner and play at Dave and Busters. We had some great food and played lots of fun arcade games. We ended up with a lot of tickets for a prize, but we were both so wiped out from the events of the day, we didn't take the time to "buy" anything. And even though we were both totally exhausted, and our feet were beginning to feel like giant bruises and blisters more than feet, and my legs were so sore that after sitting for about 30 minutes while I ate, standing back up and walking made me feel like my legs were going to give way and I would have to crawl back to the hotel, Sunday was by-far my favorite day in NYC.
(If you've made it this far, I'm extremely impressed. You get to listen to this song.)
|This one's for you, Aunt Debbie. We didn't see the show, but|
we saw where the show takes place. This is clean up from the
summer concert series.
Monday started with the Rockefeller Center Tour and Top of the Rock observation deck. Our tour guide Kim pointed out some of the architecture and art work found all over Rockefeller Plaza, as well as told us some great stories about the Rockefeller family, though if I'm being honest I don't remember a lot of it. haha I do have photos, though. And I remember some of the stuff about the art we saw. And I remember Kim saying he was good friends with Kurt Cobain and how much he misses him.
|Matt was really there, too!|
|I was really there! See??|
|Doing one of the things|
he does best
|Blue tiles for each person who died|
and each tile was a different blue
|Slurry Wall and the|
(click to see the description)
|Fliers posted by loved ones searching|
for those who were missing
|Steel beams bent completely|
out of shape by the impact
of the planes.
Because the Memorial Museum was so heavy, we figured we should end the day with something silly: Madam Tussauds Wax Museum. There's not much to say about it, other than the fact that some of the wax figures seemed very real, to the point of excusing ourselves for standing in their way. hahaha
After the wax museum, we went to Buca di Beppo for dinner, then did some wandering around, you guessed it, Times Square. We wandered into the Hershey's store and bought some stuff (Matt bought the giant Reese's cups which were a half pound each, and I got the Reese's peanut butter which unfortunately tastes like regular peanut butter... wa-wahhhh... but look at the size of that Hershey's bar), then we did some people-watching before we headed "home."
Tuesday started with a bagel. An actual bagel from an actual bagel place. Yum. Then a ferry ride out to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. What can be said of these sites, other than the obvious? So I'll state the obvious: these were pretty freaking amazing places to see. Lady Liberty isn't quite as big as I thought, but she's still impressive. It was very cool to stand at her feet (kind of... we were on the island, but not actually on the statue grounds). There she was, lighting the way to the promise of freedom and work and health and glory. Despite whatever feelings might be had about our government, it was pretty awesome to know that immigrants looked to her for hope. Ellis Island was a bit different, to say the least. I mean, most people got through the immigration process without too much trouble, but for some it was hell. Mostly for those who were sick, poor, and/or (to be frank) stupid. There are rooms where those who were being detained could sleep, so at least they had beds and bathrooms. But I can't imagine being there for so long. Even still, it was really cool to be on the same grounds where so many people passed through on their way to the hope of something better.
|Original graffiti uncovered|
on some pillars
|A nice stranger offered to take our|
|This was SO yummy!|
|Waiting in line at Nathan's|
Then we went back to...
Times Square! We found some yummy pizza and cool drinks to consume. We did some shopping, bought ourselves "I [heart] NY" t-shirts. Then we limped our way back to the hotel. We were sunburned and tired, but happy with our day.
|Burial site for slaves|
|Toasting the Sons of the Revolution|
Then we headed back to the hotel to grab our bags, but not before stopping for one last slice of NY pizza. Then headed to the airport, where we barely made it in time... to wait to board the plane. haha
(You've made it to the end?! Good job! Here's another song.)
|Bye Bye, Holiday Inn|
|The little green flags|
that marked our
|Bye Bye, A-train. On our|
way to the AirTrain and JFK
|We're sad to say goodbye to NYC, but happy to be headed|
back to Utah. You can see the conflict in our eyes.