NYC Day #1
It’s only our second weekend living on the east coast and you’d think we’d be sick of traveling after driving almost 4,000 miles across the country but…
It’s NYC baby!
Brent isn’t in the full swing of TPS yet so he has time to site-see a bit before he’s buried under books.
I’ve never been to New York City and I just couldn’t wait to lay eyes on the old girl.
My first sight of her.
Driving in to the city via the Lincoln Tunnel.
I don’t recommend this.
It took FOREVER to get through the tunnel and into the city on a Friday night.
And while the roads were clear of traffic all the way through Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey;
It cost $40 in tolls just to get to NYC.
Then once in the city we parked our car at the hotel for a discounted price of $25 per day with no “in-and-out” privileges which means you don’t drive anywhere while you’re there anyway.
Later it was recommended to try and bus or train in.
I will be looking in to that and recommend you do the same.
We found a tried-and-true Hampton Inn near the United Nations.
It was just down the street from Grand Central station and an easy walk to everything else.
Happily, the hotel was what I’ve come to expect from a Hampton.
The staff was inviting and helpful and they’ll gladly stow your baggage if you arrive before check-in or want to site-see a bit more after checkout.
The parking garage is just next door so you don’t have to lug your stuff for blocks.
The halls were crazy narrow.
Prime real estate.
The room had a bit less floor space and the bathroom had a pocket door to save space
but other than that it was my usual home-away-from-home.
The view from our room.
We bundled ourselves up, grabbed our complimentary Hot Chocolate from the common area
and headed out to meet the city.
We quickly realized that all of the references for New York that we know are from television and movies.
“Look the Chrysler building! Like when Ms. Hannigan says ‘Make it shine like the top of the Chrysler building.’ That’s what she’s talking about!”
“Grand Central Station! Like from Madagascar!”
“Look! That’s the clock that Melman gets his head stuck in.”
Sorry to say; it was endless.
And not just because we were trying to help the kids connect to the place.
Brent and I made comments about when Arthur rents out the station for a date night and wonder how they filmed that scene.
We understand very little about the actual history of what we’re looking at.
Nonetheless, it was amazing.
|Grand Central Station with the Chrysler Building.|
“This is where the ball drops!”
Okay. That one is legit.
It was bright and very electronic.
Katie was devastated that we wouldn’t take a moment to go into the four story Forever 21 store.
|Today Show window|
Next stop: 30 Rockefeller Center.
Radio City Music Hall, NBC Studios, the famous ice skating, the Today Show…
I was in heaven.
It was really cool to stand in the places that we see regularly depicted on our screens.
I stumbled on to this door while I was waiting for Joey outside the bathroom.
I think it’s the guest entrance. It was very official.
I’ll find out when I’m on the show.
That bucket list item will have to wait.
Dinner was Two Bros Pizza.
It was a couple blocks off Times Square.
Home of the $1 slice!
You can grab a slice of cheese pizza and a can of soda for $2
I totally recommend it.
It’s a dive just like it should be which means the pizza is delish and the price can’t be beat.
Brent is a pizza snob and refuses to call anything without pepperoni on it PIZZA.
We opted for a piping hot Pepperoni pizza to share
which instantly jacked up the price but was still cheap.
It was SO SO SO yummy.
Grab the jar of sprinkles and shake it on.
It’s a great blend of coarse ground garlic.
It made the pizza.
Don’t forget to fold it in half like a true New Yorker.