New York, New York!

Surprise! We’ve been in New York for the past week!  We’ve never been there so we took the opportunity to get away and see what all the New York City hoopla is all about.

Our first food stop there was Capizzi Pizzeria in Hell’s Kitchen.  It was phenomenal!

We got ours with roasted garlic, peppers, and meatballs!

We were lucky enough to be in town to see our Detroit Tigers play at Yankee Stadium.

Unfortunately, they lost the game {and we got SO sunburned} but it was a blast.  The stadium was really nice, too!

The next three days, we had a New York Pass.  It granted us access to 70+ attractions in NYC.  Two of which were the Top of the Rock and Empire State Building views.

Central Park looks so unbelievably huge amongst the sea of buildings.

We took the Staten Island Ferry {free!} to get some good views of the Statue of Liberty and the NYC skyline.  A trip to Ellis Island was included with the New York Pass, but the line was way too long.  I’d recommend going when it first opens if you want to go.

Also included was entry to the Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  I really enjoyed both!  My favorite part was how the history museum went through the entire timeline of life, from dinosaurs through humans, and showed all of the fossils progression.  It was really interesting!

The MET is a short stroll through Central Park away from the Museum of Natural History.  This is a cute little building I passed on the walk.

One of our favorite attractions on the New York Pass was the NBC Studio tour.  No, you will not see any famous people, but you will get a behind the scenes look at the sets of Dr. Oz, Football Night in America, and SNL.  I also got the privilege humiliating experience of being a weatherman for our entire tour group, standing in front of a green screen and reading a teleprompter.  It was a lot harder than it looks!  Needless to say, I did not buy the $30 souvenir DVD!

Our favorite restaurant was John’s Pizzeria in the West Village.  We actually went here twice it was so yummy!

Again, we opted for meatballs on our pizza.  It’s just not something you can get in Detroit!

Another cool attraction was Madame Tussaud’s wax museum.  Woody Allen was one of my favorites!

This is the mister’s favorite bookstore ever.  It’s next to John’s Pizzeria and had a well curated selection at really reasonable prices.  It inspired him to edit his book collection once he got home {which now means I can style the bookcases… bonus!}

We wandered into a little pub around the corner from our hotel, and it just so happened to be the pub that McLaren’s pub is based on in How I Met Your Mother!  Carter Bays actually started writing the show in this very pub! {Photo via}.

We were lucky enough to see TWO Broadway shows while we were in town.  The first was Philip Seymour Hoffman in Death of a Salesman.  It was absolutely incredible.  The mister chose it because he loves that book and movie, loves Hoffman, and doesn’t necessarily love musicals {this one was a play}.

We ended up getting box seats because they were the only ones left.  We tried to buy tickets for this a couple months in advance, but everything was sold out except for the prime orchestra seating which was really expensive.  People were reselling the cheap seats on stub hub for twice the face value.  We waited until we got to NYC and went to the box office directly.  We probably paid about the same as the overpriced tickets on stub hub, but we at least got better than nosebleed seats for it.

We loved it so much that we decided to see another show the following night!  We saw “Once” the musical.  It was awesome.  We both loved the movie when we had seen it years ago, plus we already knew all the songs because we loved the soundtrack, and even got to see Glen Hansard open for Eddie Vedder.  I snapped a shot of the “opening band” while people were being seated.  Little did we know, this was the entire cast of the show playing our entrance music for us.

I fell in love with all the beautiful architecture, but I sure would not want to have to parallel park all the time!

Our trip wasn’t complete without a trip to see the apartment building from Friends {one of our favorite shows}.  Too bad there isn’t really a Central Perk underneath!

We also went to Washington Square park to check out the arch and the people playing chess.

We hung out in Brooklyn for half a day and decided to walk the Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan.  That was definitely a good choice!

I love this picture…

Some of the other attractions we took advantage of with our New York Pass was a bike rental to ride through Central Park and a Food on Foot tour.  We went to Madison Square Garden but couldn’t do the tour because it was under construction.  We also went to the WTC memorial, but didn’t want to go through the whole runaround they were setting us up for.  {It basically would have taken us all day to get to see it.}  I would have liked to have done a few more, but time got the best of us.  We more than got our money’s worth, though.  {We saved about $100 per person versus paying retail price.}

If you’re going to NYC, I’d highly recommend the Food on Foot tour!  The guide was awesome {it’s a one man show} and he took us to some really off the beaten path places.  Everything was delicious and I’m pretty sure we didn’t eat dinner that night because we were so stuffed.

That’s the quick recap of our trip to NYC!  We were surprised that we only saw one famous person out and about {Daniel Day Kim from Lost and Hawaii Five-O}.  We loved the food, the subway, Broadway shows, and all the different boroughs to explore.  It was definitely a great vacation!

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5 Responses to New York, New York!

  1. You really made the most of your trip! I’ve been to New York a few times, but I’ve never left Manhattan. I’d love to revisit and see what the rest of New York has to offer!

  2. Stacey@aGh says:

    Isn’t NY a blast! It sort of freaks you out to see all these place that “you’ve seen before” and there you are standing right in front of the real thing. We loved it and are aching to go back. You guys really did well and fit a lot in one week. It’s overwhelming, really. I could have spent an entire day at the Metropolitan Museum. And the food! Really fun looking at all your great pictures. I’m assuming you also walked your tush off and rode the subway some too. My little feet were aching. Love this!

    • We definitely did take the subway and walk everywhere. The subway was one of our favorite things; so easy to get around! And the walking allowed me to eat lots of pizza and not gain weight on the trip haha. But, yes, my feet were aching, too!

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