*veryy long, and very photo heavy. sorry!
Ok, I can truly now say… I LOVE NEW YORK.
Holy cow it is the coolest city in the WORLD! Not that I’ve been anywhere outside of the U.S., but I’m gonna take a gooood guess and say that NYC is the coolest everrrr. :)
So here are a few (a lot, I mean) pictures of my trip. Enjoy!
We got on a plane in St. Louis (my veryyy first plane ride ever! I loved it so much that I couldn’t wait to get back on a plane to go home. haha) Our flight was at 7:30, so we had to leave Leslie’s house at 5:30 am., which means I had to wake up at 4:45am. It was terrible! But so worth it. We arrived in NYC around 10:30am. and the time difference never caught up with me. So that’s good :)
(first photo in NYC! we were in the taxi. taxi drivers in the city drive SOOOO fast. i think the fastest we went was 72 in a 45. yup)
times square was so cool. especially at night.
they are currently building a 90,000 square foot Forever 21 in the middle of Times Square. It opens June 25th, so I BARELY missed being able to go.
NYC had the coolest Liberty of London ad in Times Square. It was SO pretty. Ugh. I fell in love.
For lunch on our first day, we had Lombardi’s Pizza, which is seriously theee best pizza in the world! Oh my gosh, so amazing. I can’t even begin to describe it. Lombardi’s is also recognized by the city as the first pizzeria in the U.S. So cool! :)
We had Starbucks every day, multiple times throughout the day. There are over 200 Starbucks locations in Manhattan, which is only 13 miles long. Ha. That’s a lot of coffee.
After relaxing for like 2 seconds, we went back to Times Square to do a “night tour” of NYC. It was very… informative. Ha. The tour guide was really cool, and gave us a big old history lesson of every building we saw. But it was super fun. I enjoyed it.
Once we got off of the tour, we were back in Times Square (again), and I, of course, spotted the huge Hello Kitty. So for one dolla, I got my picture taking with her! I look so happy too… Its almost like I’m a 5year old again. Ha:)
Our first FULL day. Oh my gosh, let me tell you, by the end of the day, I could feel the freaking burn in my legs. Holy crap, you do a lot of walking in New York City. It hurt a lot!
It was SO windy, but the Statue of Liberty was cool to see up close. We wanted to go up all the way into the crown, but tickets to do that are sold out all the way into September. How lame!
After the Statue, we went down to the Business District, to Wall Street, and to the site of the World Trade Center. Since they are currently constructing the memorial, there’s really nothing there but a huge construction zone. There are many “tours”, and museums available though, so we picked one and spent about an hour there. The one we chose was the family of victims one, so everything there was donated by families of victims (obviously..ha). The first part of the museum was about the towers and the significance of them, the second part was about the day of the attacks, and what happened through out the day. The third part was where I broke down and cried like a little baby. It was a room, with three of the walls FILLED with photos of the people who lost their lives that day. There was also a video that listed the names of everyone that died (the video lasts 4.5 hours. wowww). It was so sad, and just… I don’t even know. I can’t explain how it makes you feel. Its a depressing feeling though.
We got up early, and got on yet another tour! This one went on the opposite end of NYC, so we got to see the “suuuper high end” part of New York. The guide, who was extremelyyy funny, said he wasn’t going to tell us all the “history crap” and was going to give us “straight up, need to know stuff”, like how to see the Statue for free, instead of paying $15 for the cruise. But anyways, we got to see places like The Plaza, NBC Studios, The Dakota, Central Park, the street where a lot of filming for Sex & the City was done, and MANY apartment buildings of celebrities (like Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes, Jay Z & Beyonce, Sean Connery, and Jackie O’s)
(the prettiest church ever! it is also the tallest/biggest church in NYC)
This is where Jackie O. lived. The tour guide said that she died, was embalmed, and had her wake all in her bedroom of her apartment. He also said that the shades of the apartment have been pulled down since the day she died. Interesting, isn’t it?
After the tour, we took a subway to Canal Street where we did some major purse shopping :) Between the four of us, we came home with 8 or 9 purses.
a few of our new purses…
Although I didn’t get to go shopping at the HUGE Forever 21, since it was still under construction, they did have a 3-story F21 at Herald Square, which was way cool, too. Even though it was 3 stories of awesomeness and BEAUTIFUL clothing, we only left with $18 of stuff. Ha.
Later Sunday night, we went to see Chicago the musical. It was so good! Not to mention, Matthew Settle, who plays Rufus on Gossip Girl, played Billy Flynn that night! AHH! SO HOT when he’s like 20 feet away from you (our seats were on the 3rd row… which I was nervous about being too close, but they were PERFECT seats).
Last day in NYC :( We spent most of our day in Central Park. Actually… that’s where we spent pretty much all day there. Ha.
But first… Mom, Grandma, and Leslie went to the Today Show at SIX IN THE MORNING. Needless to say, I slept in and watched it on TV. Ha :) But cool thing is… they got taped, and were on national television, and they got to meet Matt & Ann. So cool.
After they finished that, we went to the Dakota, where John Lennon was murdered, and then to Strawberry Fields, where his memorial is.
Alice in Wonderland statue. I didn’t want to leave! :)
And our last meal in NYC was at a cute little place called Maxie’s. Sooo yummy. :)
I reallyyy enjoyed NYC. It was so much fun. Honestly, even though I’m a small town kind of girl, and I love my little town (5,000 people live here. ha), I would sooo consider living there. But it is extremely expensive to live there. But truly, it is a beautiful place, very diverse, and just … awesome. :)
how was your weekend? :)