4.29.2010

NYC-Take 2

WARNING: Picture overload!

We have done a lot and there are many pictures to share from the last couple of days in NYC so I will get right to it...

MONDAY

Matt and I randomly walked up on a red carpet premiere for a live show that Denzel Washington was hosting! It was so cool!! We were soaked by the end but it was fun to watch all the stars and paparazzi!

Jasmine Guy from the Cosby Show spin off A Different World. Is it me or does she look way older than she should?!

Rachel Ray looked so pretty!

Matt met Michael Spinx who was a boxer who fought Mike Tyson! We got to see some others such as James Gandolfini from Sopranos, Spike Lee, Hill Harper (actor/Obama's good friend) and Natalie Cole to name a few.

After the premiere, we changed clothes and went to a nice restaurant across from our hotel. With our check, the waiter brought this...

Are you serious?! How did he know I LOVED blue cotton candy?! He made me a smaller one and I ate it before me left. Then Matt told him it was my favorite thing ever so he brought me this HUGE thing of fresh cotton candy! We were cracking up... but I was so happy! :)


TUESDAY

A friend from our hometown is a producer for the Huckabee show on Fox and works here in NYC! We got an amazing private tour of The Fox News sets!

This is where you might see people like Shepard Smith sit for the newscast, also you can see the big cube they turn into a huge screen if you ever watch FNC!

This is a huge HD control room! This was such a great cool opportunity and it was probably Matt's very favorite part of our trip!!

Then we went on a double decker city bus tour... It was cold but it was hop on/ hop off so we had fun seeing the NYC sights!

I think I could have spent a week in Macy's!

Flatiron historical building

Famous Brooklyn Bridge.

Beautiful Manhattan Bridge.

Matt at the World Trade Center site.

Chambers Street subway station right across from WTC site
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I tried to imagine what it would be like to have been in NYC that horrible day in September. You can't see much since they are still working on the site but it still has a erie feeling when you stand and look at where the most memorable historical event in my life, happened almost 9 years ago!

Forgot to mention that we went to the David Letterman show on Tuesday afternoon as well! We got selected for an audience upgrade so we sat on the 2nd row! It's hard work to be an audience member. You have to laugh and clap like a fool! It was fun for Matt to experience it though!

WEDNESDAY

We started the day off with a NBC studios tour! We got to see SNL stage, NBC sports studio and the Dr. Oz studio! It was so fun but no cameras allowed so that's why there are no pics. Then we headed up to Top of the Rock!

Looking south at Empire State building and the missing World Trade Centers near the end of Manhattan!

Even farther south at the Statue of Liberty!

Looking North at Central Park area!

If you know Matt, you know he is VERY scared of heights! So I was extremely proud of him for going to the top of Rockefeller center! (And yes, I had to buy a new zip up hoodie because it is on dang cold here!)

Random 2 pics of the day...
Only in NYC do you see police on horses!

And cats and dogs sitting next to a busy street, trying to help a homeless man get money! Mom and I are suckers and of course gave him some bc of these precious babies. (Also mom made the homeless man go next door and buy a bottle of water to give them! haha!)

Ok, back to the rest of Wednesday...

We ate lunch in SOHO at Cafe Habana!! I can't even begin to describe how delicious the food was! For sure the best place I have eaten the whole trip!!

Then we moved on to Chinatown...

...where my mother tried to make me walk down into a dungeon to get a foot rub! I said "Heck NO! I will not go down some dark stairs for some crazy man to rub my feet!!!!" So we settled for a street level foot massage store! I have to say, it was an AMAZING 30 minutes!

Chinatown: where I have never felt more out of place in America in my life! :)

Gross fish market on the street. It was so weird feeling like I was literally in China!

Mom and I had fun walking through the streets and shopping! Then the time came when I felt gross and I wanted to be as far away from Chinatown as I could. haha!

So we jumped in a short cab ride to Wall Street..
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I was never so glad to be back in "America" and to see this... Tiffany & Co.- (Reminds me of Sweet Home Alabama when Reese gets the whole place to herself to pick out an engagement ring!)

And this... New York Stock Exchange! This part of town was really beautiful with magnificent architecture!

Trinity Church... so pretty!

Fallen Fire Fighters memorial by the WTC site.

Mom and I planned to go to the WTC visitors center and the Memorial Preview Site museum but both were closed by the time we got there! :( But we did get to see this memorial and Ladder 10 that was right across the street from WTC!

We ended our day at Century 21 Department store! I would compare this to a TJMAXX on steroids! It was an awesome store but it officially wore me out being in there!

Matt made it home safely and Romeo is happy to be at his own home sleeping on Momma's side of the bed tonight! I am looking forward to the next two days and I seriously can't wait for the Broadway shows Mom and I are going to see!! I will be sure to blog about each of them and the rest of the week in NYC in the next few days!

WHEW! You made it through the longest post ever! Have a great Thursday!

16 comments:

Mallory said...

Takes me back to when we visited. Century 21 is way overwhelming. I couldn't shop but everyone else was digging in. We went between Christmas and New Years and it was PACKED with tourist. Very pretty time of year though. I hated Chinatown, made me clastraphobic! Glad you are having fun!

Susy said...

I'm SO GLAD you are having a good time! And I'm glad you loved Cafe Habana! It's definitely one of our favorite restaurants in the city! I didn't realize you would be here for so long! Enjoy the rest of your trip...the weather looks like it's going to get better!

Lauren Kelly said...

Sooooooo jealous!!! You got to see and do sooo much!! Looks like you’re having a blast!!! :)

Alex and Jill said...

I have never been to NYC but this post makes me want to go!! You've had the most fun trip. :)

Kimberly said...

Oh you are having a good time! You picked a cold week to come!! its like fall here. It should be nicer this weekend! Jasmine Guy looks ancient. I agree with you!
My husband worked 2 blocks from the WTC and was there on 9/11. That's a long story and probably not enough room here to post it all!
Enjoy your show!! Chinatown kinda freaks me out also. At Christmas time you have to walk in the streets cause the sidewalks are so crowded. Did you get any pocketbooks???

Emily said...

Looks like you're having a ball! I'm interested to hear what you think about Wicked. I saw it last year in Wichita and it was so great.

The_Richards said...

I have never been to NYC. It looks like a wonderful city and great time.

Jasmine Guy does look old but you kow what she actually looked old when she was on A Different World (spin off from the Cosby Show). She is still such a classy and beautiful lady.

Taylor said...

Oh my gosh, I'm so jealous!! It looks like you've had a great time and hope you enjoy the rest of it!!

blackwellfam said...

Favorite Julee quote in a long time..."It's hard work to be an audience member. You have to laugh and clap like a fool!" I can just hear you saying it! And getting excited about your cotton candy :) I can also see your mom making the homeless guy get those animals some water - hilarious!

I'm glad ya'll are having so much fun! Love the stories and pics - keep 'em coming.

Jason Hudson said...

You are getting to see so much stuff in NYC! Have a great rest of the trip!

M and L said...

What was the name of the place that gave you cotton candy? I LOVE cotton candy! We go to NYC often and I'd love to go there!!!

R said...

the Fox News offices! i'd go to NYC for that alone! :0)

Reese Ray said...

How fun!! NYC is one of my most favorite places to go ever!! I loved all the pictures and LOVE the Century 21 store too! Its crazy in there! Hope yall have had a blast!!

Rebecca (Sam's wife) said...

i love fox news!!! looks like a fun trip! and come to Little Rock and you will see stuff like that man with the dogs. Its all over Broadway-i see it almost every day now that is warmer and its breaking my heart. i don't remember seeing this stuff growing up here...

Lindsey said...

I would be in such trouble at Century 21!! I love all your pics! I want cotton candy now, that looked so good! And those animals!! I would have given money to the guy too! How can you resist those sweet faces??

Glad you had a great time!! So jealous! ;)

kanishk said...

You got to see and do sooo much!! Looks like you’re having a blast!!!
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