Thursday, July 20, 2017

East Coast Extravaganza: New York

We got in to New York in the afternoon and boy, it was freaking hot! We were spoiled with really mild temperatures in Boston so it was a huge adjustment to be so dang hot and humid, oh the humidity!!! Anyway, we had to run to our hotel and get checked in and then run over to Times Square to get to our play on time. We were in the subway forever before realizing the train we needed wasn't running, it was so hot down there and I was starving so needless to say I was not my best self during this business, oops. But we made it! We saw Waitress and it was SO good. They literally piped pie smell into the lobby and they sold mini pies, I wish we would have bought one. I knew nothing about this play, only that people recommended it, so we went and totally loved it. The soundtrack has been on repeat at our house ever since! If you want to go, just know that it is a little dirty so if that bothers you I would maybe check out another play.

We went to dinner at this amazing Japanese place and then had dessert at Emack and Bolio's. So yummy!

We found ourselves on this beautiful balcony overlooking the city! Mark was born in New York, just a few blocks from this balcony. We should have made it over to take a picture! 

 The next morning we finally figured out the subway system and went to the 9/11 memorial and museum. We hustled through the museum and it took four hours. FOUR HOURS! It is such a big museum. I was in fifth grade when 9/11 happened and I thought I knew everything about it, but I learned so much at the museum. The craziest thing I have ever seen was a store front that had been a block away that they had preserved. They didn't allow pictures, but here is a video from a few years back. The also had the day's events from the perspective of the terrorists which was very weird but also interesting. Did you know they found the boarding pass of the terrorist in the rubble? So crazy.
Anyway, I would highly recommend the museum. It ended up being one of the only things we did in New York but I was happy with that.

After the museum, we grabbed lunch and then headed off to see the Jimmy Fallon taping! We had to get tickets a month before but it was really fun to see. They were so strict on phones so I have no pictures, but basically they took us upstairs and the security was really intense. Then they assigned us a letter (which I have heard is based on how attractive you are, and we got was a confidence booster haha) 
We waited in an indoor waiting room for about an hour and then they brought us in and we watched a warm up comedian. Then the show started! I was surprised by how fast it went, how organized everything was and how small the studio actually is. 
We were there for Will Ferrell and Allison Brie, and the musical guest I had never heard of.
Jimmy Fallon was really nice and he answered a lot of questions during the commercial breaks. I've never really seen celebrity in person before, so it was super surreal. I kept telling Mark, "Celebrities are so weird...they are just people...who are famous" haha!
Thanks to my sister for capturing our 15 seconds of fame haha

So if you are in New York, you should go to a taping! It was touristy and fun. 
When we got out of the taping, it was dinner time and raining so we went back to the hotel to rest for a bit.

Then we Lyft'd to Gyu Kaku, Japanese BBQ. We ate here twice when we were in Vancouver. It's just really good, and they give you smores for dessert! Haha

The next day, we had Amtrak tickets to go to D.C in the afternoon, so in the morning we had some breakfast at a nearby cafe and then wandered Central Park. 

I really struggled with New York, it was so so hot and there were people freaking everywhere, plus it was dirty dirty dirty and huge. Boston is really clean, the weather was nice and it was easy to navigate. However, I do need to give it a second chance, maybe in the spring or fall when it's a little cooler and I'm a better person. We were only there for one full day, but what we did get to experience was very cool. I was sad we didn't make it to Brooklyn, we were just too worn out. 
The next few posts will be wrapping our vacation up in D.C! 
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