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Mom Monday: NYC

Because Bill is so nice to me, I got to spend most of last week in New York City! {And because our parents are so crazy nice to keep the boys! They’re probably still recuperating.} Bill was going for a work related conference and I got to have fun.

We left early Tuesday morning and got into the city around noon. We stayed on the Lower East Side since it was near the conference in SoHo and because it was one of the hotels we could find that wasn’t more than the per diem. I loved staying in a neighborhood that I was not familiar with! If you visit NYC often I would recommend staying in different places all around the city because you get to know and see so many different things!

Our first stop was lunch at Katz’s Delicatessen.It was established in 1888 and is known for their pastrami sandwiches and their slogon “Send a Salami to Your Boy in the Army.” It’s also been in movies such as When Harry Met Sally  and the walls are lined with pictures of celebrities.

After checking into the hotel, getting dressed up and grabbing a quick slice of pizza we headed to Broadway to see Peter and the Star Catcher. We had gotten our tickets from TKTS booth after lunch and if you want to see a “play” and not a musical then you can get in the “play only” line. We got there right when they opened and were 3rd in line. We would have been about 300th in the musical line! Bill had not heard about the play but I had and knew it had won several Tony awards. We both ended up being pleasantly surprised at how great it was. It was the back story of how Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Neverland came to be. I would recommend it!

On Wednesday we played tourist – since we were! We started with brunch at Max Brenner. It is seriously so good. We both had Tutti Frutti Waffles which are topped with fresh fruit, ice cream, a tube of melted chocolate and chocolate wafer melts. So good!

After brunch, we walked from Union Square to the west side and walked the High Line. The High Line is a fairly newly opened park that is elevated above the city streets. It is an old railroad line that has been converted to a walk way with green space. The colors of the trees and flowers were so beautiful. It would be a great place to escape to for  few hours if you live in the city. One of the first questions our friend James (4 years old) asked us is if we had been to the High Line. We were glad we were able to tell him yes!

After the High Line we walked to Penn Station and then took the subway downtown to the World Trade Center. We didn’t realize that you needed tickets to see the memorial so we just looked around and saw the new World Trade Center tower. It is SO tall.

Bill’s conference started Wednesday night at 6 so we ate an early dinner at Hi Thai. {We ate so early for NYC that we were almost able to order the lunch special!} Both of our meals were very good. Can you tell that my favorite part about NYC is the food?!?!?!

Bill was at his conference all day Thursday so I had to day to myself! I treated myself to a salted caramel mocha and sat in City Hall Park to start the day.

This is probably completely nerdy but I went on a tour of City Hall. It was very interesting and full of history. I learned a lot of NYC and American history and the most interesting thing I saw was a writing desk that was used by George Washington when he was President. The inside of the building was beautiful!

After City Hall, I walked towards Chinatown. I explored several streets in Chinatown and it was literally like being in a different country. It was fun to see all the different restaurant, markets and sidewalk produce. I passed several seafood markets that were completely open to the sidewalk and had shrimp, fish, lobsters, octopus and what looked like stingray {I could be completely wrong} in shallow tables and surrounded in ice.

The purpose of my Chinatown meandering was to find the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. I tried two different flavors: Black Sesame and Red Bean. They were interesting – not overly sweet but still a dessert. And yes, I did eat dessert before lunch!

After Chinatown I made my way back to the Lower East Side and browsed the Tenement Museum shop for awhile and then headed to lunch at The Meatball Shop.

This isn’t a very pretty picture but I ordered plain beef meatballs with spicy meat sauce and mozzarella cheese on a bun. Again, you really can’t go wrong with any kind of food in NYC! Since I was on vacation I took an afternoon nap and then we enjoyed dinner with the Sholes.

Bill went back to the conference Friday until lunch and I meandered down city streets that had my favorite stores like West Elm and the Container Store, enjoyed some coffee and live music in Washington Square. After lunch we walked across Central Park South and down 5th to Rockefeller Center then it was time to pick up our luggage and head to the airport. A great vacation!

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2 Responses to “Mom Monday: NYC”

  1. Mimi says:

    Lord have mercy, Amber, no wonder you have to run so much. All that stuff you ate. About the ice cream not being very sweet—it’s a good thing after all that was on those waffles. It’s a wonder you didn’t go into a diabetic comma. I’m glad you had a good time an also that it was last week instead of this week(with the hurricane). I love you. You have a really good husband to let you do so much!!!!

  2. Grandmama says:

    What a delightful time! I am also so happy that
    you had nice weather for all that meandering around NY.
    What a mess had it been this week. How do you make a
    decision as to where you’d eat with all those great places?
    What a week! Love you both so much.