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New York, New York: Day 1

May 18, 2010

Last weekend Josh and I had the fabulous treat of going to New York City. Thanks to my friend Jessica, who lent us the keys to her apartment in Soho for a few days while she was out-of-town. It’s been a dream of mine to really spend a whole weekend getting immersed in that city, so I was pretty excited, to say the least!

We arrived late on Thursday evening, after driving to Princeton and taking the train in, then grabbing a cab. The city was alive and the streets packed as we found our way to the apartment and oriented ourselves to our new surrounding.

The next morning we explored Chinatown. I think that ended up being one of our favorite neighborhoods. The streets were colorful and packed with retail designed for tourists as well as lots of little shops with meat hanging in the windows.

We ate dim sum at a restaurant called Jing Fong, recommended to us by a friend of Jessica’s. I had dim sum first in California and was eager for Josh to try it. It was delicious! Dim sum is very filling but oh so savory and comforting. I was happy to have steamed pork buns again, which is one of my favorites.

We got some bubble tea to finish off our lunch at a more trendy eatery and some little ice creams in the flavors of green tea, mango, and vanilla, wrapped in a sticky rice dough. Josh got a green apple and green tea concoction while I got a Coconut Milk Tea. Refreshing!

Next it was time to hit the subway and make our way to Times Square to stand in line at the TKTS Discount Ticket Booth to get ourselves some Broadway tickets. It took about an hour, which wasn’t too bad, although it was getting hot at that point.

Settling on tickets was a little difficult, considering Josh doesn’t really like musicals in the first place. We finally settled on South Pacific tickets thanks to a friend’s recommendation.

And what trip to NYC is complete without coming upon The Naked Cowboy?

After securing our tickets we had some time, so we realized the NYC Public library was just a few blocks away. I’d seen it covered ages ago on a Martha Stewart show, strangely enough, and we decided we could get a visit in before dinner and our show.

We went through the beautiful Bryant Park, which was a lovely cool green oasis in the middle of the city. You can see the library just beyond it.

I thought it was really cool library books were in carts in the park that you could just pick up and read if you were so inclined.

Sadly, I was unable to get any pictures of the beautifully old-fashioned reading room in the library, as photography was prohibited.

And who knew that Christopher Robin’s actual collection of stuffed animals that inspired Winnie-the-Pooh are permanently on display at the library? Yep, you’re looking at the real Winnie-the-Pooh, folks!

We went to dinner at a place called Harry’s Burrito, which was just okay. It was the only place we went that wasn’t recommended to us by Jessica (who is, by the way, the ultimate foody) so figures it was only so-so.

Next, we went to see South Pacific.

The show was completely enjoyable; great cast, fabulous sets. Josh ended up liking it too, so it was a success! We headed back to the apartment– exhausted–but excited for Day 2.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 18, 2010 11:29 pm

    Sounds like you had a great first day! I haven’t been to New York City, but someday. 🙂 Looking forward to hearing more.

  2. May 19, 2010 6:30 am

    Sounds like you really made the most of your trip. Glad you guys got to go and that the weather was so nice for you while you were there.

  3. Beth permalink
    May 19, 2010 9:04 am

    You are making me want to go back!

  4. May 19, 2010 12:59 pm

    awesome! what a fun-packed first day! excited to hear more.

  5. anne permalink
    May 19, 2010 3:05 pm

    AWESOME! I’ve always wanted to do the NYC thing, just to do it…it’s on the list. 🙂
    Looks like you guys had an amazing time.

  6. Bethany permalink
    May 21, 2010 7:40 pm

    Wow what fun pictures!!!! You had me laughing at some.

    PS I LOVE Dim Sum!!! I go to China Town in LA with my “Chinese” Friend and have Dim Sum. I always go with her cause I’m afraid of what I might eat without her. HA HA.

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