Friday, May 13, 2011

New York

Help. The DC-NY trip planning is ON. Once a seed is planted in my head, I don't stop. Thursday morning, our flights were booked. Thursday night, our hotel reservations were made and we purchased tickets to see The Book of Mormon the musical. I have a short of list of other "must see" things but I need help.

We get into NYC via Amtrak on a Wednesday morning at 11:00. Our show is at 2:00. Don't stress me out by saying that is a close call. Don't need to hear that!! LALALALALALAL Not listening!!! Our flight leaves on a Friday at 6:00 p.m. So we basically have 48-52 hours to see everything in New York. Again, LALALALLALALALA don't tell me it is impossible. HELP!

Here is my list. Note that I have been to NYC once before when I was 12 but the husband is a New York virgin. These are the things that we want to see:
  1. 30 Rock: Our hotel is nearby so I'm sure we will get to this. I MAY wake up, walk down and stand outside of the Today Show hoping to get on TV. Who am I kidding...I'm totally doing this. Some people tell me that going to the Top of the Rock is way better than going to the top of the Empire State Building. TRUE or FALSE?
  2. Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island: I hear this could take all day. We don't have all day. Three sources have told me to take a boat tour on the water that brings you past these things and gives a spectacular view of the water. TRUE or FALSE?On one hand, I don't want my husband to miss out seeing these things but on the other hand, 48-52 hours to see everything.
  3. Ground Zero: I won't be taking pictures in front of this like I've read about some people doing but I do want to go there. Is that weird?
  4. Seeing the different districts: Soho, Chelsea, West Village, Upper East Side (Gossip Girl in the house), etc. Can you recommend things to see her? Restaurants? Shops? Where is Magnolia Bakery? Me want a cupcake. Anything to skip or add to this list?
  5. Central Park: When I came here as a 12 year old, my parents failed to see the importance of taking us to Central Park. I know, right? I know I want to go to Strawberry Fields (forever) because I'm a Beatles Fan. What else is worth seeing in the park?
  6. Museums: We'll be coming from DC where we will be seeing lots of history and crap like that. Would it be worth it to squeeze in some museums? I do want to see The Met but what about the Guggenheim?
There are a bunch of other things that I know we will go see. Radio City Music Hall, FAO Schwarz, Bryant Park to see if Tim Gunn is there. I'd like to go to Columbia and walk around but I think the timer has run out of my trip already. As you see, I need a lot of help and I would love you forever if you gave me some advice.

Have a great weekend!!!!


Samantha said...

Oooh what is on your DC list? I worked downtown for 3 years and might have good ideas? The Holocaust museum is a must see.. really moving, but takes about 3 hours because there is a whole storyline going on there. Make sure to buy tickets to that online first if you go. You can stroll Georgetown & the pricey shops, but I would skip Georgetown cupcake- the line goes for blocks now. If you want cuppycakes, go to Dupont Circle- Hello Cupcake- YUM. I love the peanut butter blossom cupcake ($3 each).

White House- duh. You can take a good walk from the museums/mall/memorials to the White House and then continue north through downtown and up to Dupont Circle.. OH! If you like Mexican- go to Lauriol Plaza- north of Dupont-- a cab is good for this- not really metro/bus accessible. I love the zoo, but it is a zoo and your time might be spent better elsewhere :)

In NYC there is a boat that takes to the Statue of Liberty and you can get off and walk around (buy tickets to that & there are special ones to go IN the statue too.. get them ahead of time..), then you can get back on the boat (they just cycle like taxis) and go to ellis island. It is cool & definitely does not have to take all day. We went in December and I think it took like 3 hours tops for us to do the statue and ellis island- we didnt STUDY everything, but got a good idea/feeling for the island..

let me know if you have any dc (or metro) questions! do you fly into reagan?

andrea said...

Great list! My thoughts: I would avoid the Statue of Liberty because your time is so short. Look at The Beast instead. It's a 40 minute speedboat ride and it's a lot of fun and they take you right to the base of the Statue. It leaves from the South Street Seaport which is a great spot to wander. It's not far from the Wall Street area so you could put together a walking tour of your own. You could head to Ground Zero from there if you want. We were just down there a few weeks ago and most of it was blocked off so there wasn't much visible.

If you go visit 30 Rock, you can head up Fifth Ave into Central Park and wander for days. You'll see the Bow Bridge (where Ed proposed on Ed!) Strawberry Fields is awesome, and you'll crash into the Met if you want to check it out. If you only want to do one museum, I would do the Guggenheim. The building is gorgeous and it's not nearly as large as the Met so you won't take up your whole trip!

Definitely spend time in the Village.(Magnolia is here. There's also one near 30 Rock.) Try a Crumb cupcake too...there are a few spots around the city, one in the Theater district. I have never done the Top of the Rock, but I've heard it's a nice spot for a drink. Oh, and when you're downtown, check out The Doughnut Plant. Square peanut butter and jelly doughnuts. They taste like nothing I've ever had before. Delish. Also downtown is Katz's Deli. Famous for pastrami and for the scene where Sally faked the big "O" in When Harry Met Sally. You guys are going to have such a great time! I have lots of restaurant recs to so let me know if you're interested!

Megan said...

So fun! There are several Magnolias now but the orig is in the Village. Have a good time in my 'hood :)

Heather said...

There is really not a lot to see at Ground Zero. However, if you do venture down there, your time in that area would be best spent by going into the little church that is directly across the street from where the towers used to be. It's this teeny, beautiful little church and cemetery that by some miracle went completely unharmed by the collapse of the towers.

It's called St. Paul's, and was used as a "home base" for 9/11 rescuers and volunteers in the days and weeks following the attack. It has turned into somewhat of a memorial with artifacts, photos, etc. inside, and it is so touching and heart wrenching and terrible and beautiful, all at the same time. I have actually been there twice, and it has not lost its effect on me.

When you see the actual Ground Zero, it's essentially just slabs of cement and giant holes in the ground, surrounded by construction. Although I know what once stood there, and there is definitely something profound about it, it is hard to feel the emotional connection, because there's just... nothing. With the church, I walk out of there feeling the whole "Never Forget" line like you wouldn't believe.