Friday, August 5, 2011

New York Day 1

All Aboard! We stepped onto the Amtrak train with people heading to work and families heading on vacation. I was so excited to just sit back and relax for 3.5 hours and arrive in New York so early, leaving us plenty of daylight to explore the city.

These next two pictures were taken as we passed through Northeast Maryland. Google maps tells me this is Chesapeake Bay

New York City!!
 We arrived in NYC right on time and we hailed our first cab to take us from Penn Station to our hotel, The Radisson Lexington. Once again, we got very lucky and were able to check in early. We put down our bags and got organized before setting out for our first excursion: a trip to Soho! We walked to the subway and took the 6 train to Bleecker St. The hustle and bustle was already a bit overwhelming for my husband and we found some respite in some areas of Soho.

Yes, one of the things we had to do was go to the "Friends" apartment building. Well, at least the building they used for the exterior shots. There was another couple taking pictures as well so we didn't feel like complete dorks.

We walked over to Prince St. which was super crowded so I didn't get the whole laid back Soho vibe I was hoping for but we went there and left. Check. We went back to the hotel to rest for a bit since we were exhausted from the lack of sleep the night before. Post nap, we went to Madison Square Park to have dinner at Shake Shack. HAHAHHAHAHAH. Yeah right. The line was nearly 100 people deep and we overheard someone say that wait was about an hour. No thanks. But we did see the Flatiron Building so that was cool.

We walked up 5th Ave looking for another place to have dinner and couldn't find a thing. Weird right? Maybe we were just on the wrong block but there was nothing. We found a deli looking place but their grill was closed so we ate chips and drank water. Awesome dinner. We were on our way to the Empire State Building Observation Deck and I told Chris we should leave now so we could be up there for sunset.

HAHAHHAHAHHA. Another yeah right. It took us a bit over an hour to get to the top. Lines, lines and lines. It was like Disneyland in there. But our view from the top make up for the lines and annoying British teenagers.

I'm proud to say we shot these all on manual mode on our camera. We rested the camera on the safety guard fence and snapped away at a shutter speed of between 3 and 5 seconds. The view was just breathtaking and the lights were incredible. I loved being up there! But what comes up must go down and it took about 45 minutes to get back to the ground (more annoying British teenagers, including an Amy Winehouse wannabe in our elevator going down 86 floors). Shockingly, those chips and water we ate 3 hours earlier didn't fill us up so we found a restaurant around the corner and pigged out on some grub before taking a cab back to our hotel. What a great day!

Tomorrow, we would see Manhattan from the Top of the Rock, take the WTC Tour downtown and go see Book of Mormon the Musical in the evening.

1 comment:

Patty said...

Wow, gorgeous nighttime photos! Love them!