My mom and I flew into NYC on Friday night. By the time we grabbed our luggage, taxi’d our way to the hotel and got settled in it was 2am and we were exhausted!
Saturday morning, after two big cups of coffee, we were ready to start exploring! Here are just a few of the things I’ve done so far in the Big Apple.
1.Run in Central Park
This was on my bucket list and I’m excited to say I can finally check it off! Running through Central Park was exactly what I expected it to be: beautiful, full of easy to follow loops and host to many other runners.
Yesterday morning it was overcast and 50 degrees at 7:15am! What AMAZING running weather! I almost didn’t notice the hills because I was just so happy to be running in nice weather…. almost ;).
I’m sure I’ll run here a couple more times before we leave!
2. Dinner at Tavern on the Green
Tavern is an iconic (and also touristy) restaurant in Central Park that my mom hadn’t been to in years and that I had never been to. We made reservations for Saturday night and the food did not disappoint!
Traffic from our hotel to the restaurant was pretty bad, but our Uber drive was a total pro and got us there with a few minutes to spare. By a total pro, I mean he was very nice and also a very NY style driver. He made a U-turn in the middle of one-way traffic to get on a faster route.
There was a second where I thought we might die, but we made it to the restaurant in one piece. And then I had champagne.
3. Visited Time Square
It’s been 15 years since I was last in Times Square. I remembered it through the eyes of a 14 year old excited to see where TRL was hosted. This time around I just thought it was pure chaos!
I snapped a quick picture of the ball dropping setup and dodged my way out of the square!
I did see a McDonald’s on Broadway which immediately made me think of Jay-Z’s Empire State of Mind since he gives it a shout-out. Then I had the song stuck in my head all. day. long.
4. Took a Bus Sight-Seeing Tour
… and nearly froze to death. It was breezy and cold up there!
The tour was great though. In the span of a few hours I saw the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, Rockefeller Center, United Nations, SoHo, Statue of Liberty, China Town, Korea Town, Wall St. and more!
Before we leave I hope to do a tour of Booklyn and the Bronx as well.
In every city that I have visited in the last few years I’ve found that quick(ish) sight seeing bus and boat tours are such a good use of time and money. If you’re only in a city for a few days it’s the best way to see all of the highlights, and if you’re in a city for a bit longer it’s a good way to get a lay of the land and decide which things you want to explore further.
5. Saw Kinky Boots on Broadway
When my mom and I arrived in NYC we still weren’t sure which show we would go to. Originally we thought it would be Book of Mormon, but right before Christmas I learned that BoM is coming to Fort Lauderdale for almost all of January and February. Tickets to see it back home are a fraction of the price that they are in NY and by holding off Adam will be able to go too.
Instead we decided on Kinky Boots!
Prior to leaving for New York my mom had mentioned this show a couple of times but I wasn’t really into it – mostly because I had never heard of it and didn’t know what it was about. (It’s about a shoe factory on the verge of bankruptcy that gets revived by going into a niche market of making high-heeled boots that can support the weight of men who want to dress up.)
When I finally sat down to read through the description and saw that Wayne Brady played Lola, one of the main characters, and I was sold.
Adam and I are really big Whose Line is it Anyway fans and love Wayne Brady. He definitely did not disappoint in Kinky Boots.
The show was held at the Al Hirschfeld theatre which is really intimate. We had decent seats in Orchestra Left but I would think all of the mezzanine seats would have been just as good. The vibe in the theatre was really relaxed. I wore this shirt because I thought it was artsy looking, hah.
Don’t look at my hair too closely. I need a cut and dye as soon as I get home. I actually pulled out seven grays yesterday morning. I’m going to be full on gray by the time I’m 35.
… and that’s what we’ve been up to so far!
I hope you had a really excellent Christmas if you celebrate!
Have you been to NYC? Favorite thing to do here in the city?
Any locals with tips on best time to run the Brooklyn Bridge while avoiding the crowds?