New York, New York, It’s a Wonderful Town!

Ah… New York City, the town that never sleeps. What did we see?

1. The Empire State Building – Ok, the view is INCREDIBLE. But you know, in movies, it really doesn’t take them long at all to get to the top but in reality… there are LINES. many lines. on multiple floors. and security… so much security in NYC. Souvenirs bought: a stretched penny (which are always my favorite) that I think I lost = bummed. So… anyone going to the Empire State Building and want to get me another one??? Anyone? … anyone?

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Outside on the top floor of the Empire State Building.

2. Ellis Island / Liberty Island – Once Again… super long lines for security and for a girl who can’t swim, too much time on boats! I could have spent hours at Ellis Island but we didn’t have that much time, unfortunately. 😦 And there is something about seeing Lady Liberty in person that makes this person proud to be an American. Souvenir: This memory: an impersonator of Frédéric Bartholdi. He sat down beside me and two friends where we were eating lunch. (In the world of blog nicknames we’ll call these girls Too Tall and Peanut Butter.) This man, needing to be French, had a horrid French accent which was kindly pointed out by a couple from Montreal. Thankfully, our choir director saved us from the man who stayed too long at a table with three teenage girls…

3. Radio City Music Hall – Wonderful place! The women’s restroom had four rooms! There were awesome vintage photos of famous people related to the theatre, and movie posters in the hallways. There was this photo of Judy Garland and Vincent Minnelli sitting at a table and I got to touch that table and the chairs…. stand in the same room. It was … wonderful. Oprah was getting ready to do a show there so security was pretty tight. We got to meet a Rockette! Yeah, this place was awesome but filled with sooo much information partially because our guide had been there for… 14 years? … I think. Which goes with the slight stream of consciousness-like form of number 3.

4. NBC Studios – Lesson learned: The SNL stage is actually much, much smaller than it looks on TV. When they say that the  camera adds 10 pounds, it’s because they have to stretch the scene. Oh, and the people who are in charge of putting the shows on the air (Yeah, whatever that title is), they actually work behind bullet proof glass.

5. Wicked!!!! – ’nuff said.

6. The historic Riverside Church – we sang here, and we rocked.

The one place we didn’t go was Ground Zero. It was on our schedule but it rained and the Ground Zero place canceled it. But when people ask me what my favorite part was, I say hands down:

THE FOOD!!

Notable foods:

  • this amazing Mediterranean place. I was sooo tired I wasn’t even hungry by the time we got there. I ordered the appetizer size falafel and it came with this yummy cucumber sauce.
    358 West 46th Street, New York, NY
  • sushi! wow, this place was caddy corner to our hotel and my first venture into sushi (california roll and a cucumber avocado)  Kodama on 8th Avenue and W 45th St. Go there. (301 W 45th ST NY, NY 10036)
  • Europa Cafe – Make your own pasta – what more could you want?!

Learned on this trip: Stick a bunch of high schoolers on a charter bus overnight, the places and positions they will find to sleep, are hilarious.

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