Sunday, April 27, 2014

NYC Part 7 of . . .

Now, this brings us to December 3rd.  I woke up with a mission.  That mission being Krispy Kreme.  I had looked up Krispy Kreme locations before I left and found that there was just one location inside Penn Station.  Penn Station here I come!!!

The funny thing about this too is that I wandered around Penn Station for a good 20-30 minutes looking for it.  I was walking past the same stores and same food places and same food court.  Finally, I googled "where exactly is Krispy Kreme in Penn Station?" and I actually hit on a post from someone else asking the same question and having the same problem.  Thank you Google!!  And someone actually answered with specific directions from a certain entrance and I found it about five minute later. I wasn't coming to Penn Station and leaving without the damn donut.

Found it!!!
I came out of Penn Station and noticed the post office.  I had no idea that whole saying about the sleet and rain was actually engraved on the building!  I thought it was pretty cool. "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."  Well, you know, except Newman. :)

From here I decided to attempt Macy's.   I hadn't wanted to go earlier because of Black Friday sales.  I'm not a great shopper anyway never mind if it's big sales.  

I sat at the tables outside in the above picture to enjoy my donut. :)

After sweating like crazy in Macy's for a short while (I only bought some super cute  sweaters for my nieces & nephew), I headed over to the Top of the Rock observation deck.  It was a bit cloudy but the forecast was just going to keep getting cloudier and I would have hated to miss it.  

It was so amazing!!  I can imagine it's even more breathtaking on a clear and sunny day.  Fingers crossed the next time I'm there I will have another clear day.  Next up, Grand Central Station!

Grand Central terminal is HUGE.  I took the subway from here to the next destination and I felt like I was walking through tunnels forever before I got to my platform.  It's just so crazy!

Of course, I couldn't come to NYC and not have Serendipity on my list!  Loved the movie and wanted to try the famous frozen hot chocolate.  It was funny when I got here because there was a line of people right up to the door so I pushed my way through to put my name in to wait.  I heard her say to a party of 4 that it would be about 45 min - 1 hour and then to a table of two that it would be about 30 minutes - 45 minutes.  Then it's my turn and I say "for one" and she says "oh hang on a second" and comes back a moment later and says "right this way".  Baahaha!  Oh the benefits to being a solo diner.

I was really hungry when I got there and the BLT was calling to me.  It did not disappoint.

The Frozen Hot Chocolate!!!

They put two straws in it.  I used them both.

I stopped in at Dylan's Candy Bar after but didn't buy anything.  I thank my full tummy for that.  

Then I headed home to have a quick nap and get ready for my night out.  I was super excited!!!  First I cozied up to this little fellow.

After my little rest, sushi & a show were on the agenda.  A little off the beaten tourist path I found this place.  It was delicious.

And then I was off to see Sarah Jessica Parker and Blythe Danner in a play written by Amanda Peet.  It was so good and the moment that they walked onto the stage I was "omg it's really them omg it's really them".  It was just so cool.  

And then I walked home.  Great day.  Once again.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

NYC Part 6 of . . .

NYC Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 . . .

I woke up this morning feeling like I hadn't stopped since I got there and was so excited to still have another 4 days to see & do more.

Started off this morning with the best bagel I've ever had in my life and then headed to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) not to be confused with the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMoA) that I went to last week :)

I enjoyed MoMA today more than MMoA last week.  They are both amazing but MoMA just seemed to be more my speed and wasn't so hot and seemed more open.  And again, I felt a little star-struck standing in front of Starry Night.  When I walked around the corner into the Monet room I was shocked.  I had no idea they were so huge and impressive.

Thought this was cool - made of pastel & gunpowder.
After the museum, I was in dire need of some caffeine and I needed to charge my phone.  Starbucks!  We were both only 1% charged.  Holy bags and lines under my eyes!

I was feeling a little too cultured and mature after the museum so I wandered up Fifth Ave in search of the toy store.  Not just any toy store.  THE toy store.  F.A.O. SCHWARZ.

And I was here for the THE BIG PIANO!!!

There were a few kids in line in front of me and then a couple kids behind me and three women about my age after them.  They let people on a certain number of people at a time and you get 5 minutes I think.  So we just let all the kids go on together first and then I went on with the other women and we had so much fun.  We each took each others pictures really quick and then spent the next couple minutes trying to play a song and sliding around.  So funny.  And I'm so happy that they happened to come up behind me!

It took everything in me not to leave with these peanut butter cups.

From here, I walked to Central Park to spend some more time wandering it.  It's so amazing and so beautiful and I hadn't yet walked the The Mall.

Then I walked through the upper west side a little more and into Riverside Park.  Same park I was in yesterday for the race but about 10-15 blocks south of there for the You've Got Mail last scene.:)

Real estate envy

Can't you just picture Tom Hanks coming up that path yelling Brinkley?!

I headed to Times Square to see if I could get tickets to anything at the TKTS booth.  There weren't many shows playing.  My choices were partial view seats for Rock of Ages or a show called Newsical the Musical.  That was sold as sort of comedy news thing in the style of SNL.  I went with that but really wish I'd gone with Rock of Ages.  I didn't think the show was that funny and it was much too short.  Although, if you're not enjoying it, I guess that's better, haha!  Thankfully, I knew the next few days of shows were going to be amazing and I already had the tickets. :)