October 16, 2012

A Weekend in NYC

This weekend I went to New York City to meet up with my mom and sister!  My mom and sister LOVE the city and since Johanna will be heading out of the country for two years soon they wanted to come up again before she left.  This was also the perfect time for my mother to meet a certain someone and his daughter!  After taking the train down I met up with my mom and sister and we headed to the lower east side for an amazing felafel and some hummus.
Awesome lunch at Mamoun's Falafel Restaurant
After lunch we walked through Chinatown and the Bowery and headed to the South Street Seaport where we walked around, saw the sites and got tickets to a Broadway show!
The bridges from the South Street Seaport

Many many ships!
After the Seaport my sister was on a hunt for cupcakes at Sweet Revenge, a place that serves gourmet cupcakes and pairs the cupcake with an appropriate beer or wine selection.
Sweet Revenge in NYC
Pumpkin spice cupcake!  Delicious!
Later that night we headed to Broadway to see the play 'Peter and the Starcatcher' (but not before grabbing some burgers at Shake Shack, eating in Time Square and going to the M&M store) which tells the story of how Peter Pan came to be (as well as Tinkler Bell, Captain Hook and Wendy).  It was FUNNY and really entertaining!
Peter and the Starcatcher!
The next morning (Saturday) we headed to a enormous flea market and then back down to the half price ticket booth at South Street Seaport to buy Broadway tickets.  It was a LONG line but I ended up scoring great seats to Phantom of the Opera!  (My mom and sister opted for 'Bring It On: The Musical').  Then it was back up town to meet up with the second part of our weekend crew.  After the meeting Asian noodles were had, Central Park was walked, FAO Schwarz was viewed and the most amazing cupcakes were bought at Crumbs!
Hello most amazing cupcake in the world!  Are you noticing a cupcake trend?
After a quick rest we met up for some NY pizza and hit up the M&M store again.  Then it was off to Broadway to see the longest running show in Broadway history!  I saw Phantom of the Opera when I was 13 and seeing it again at almost 26 was definitely a different experience; and thanks to our seats (5 rows from the stage - last time I sat way back in the balcony) I got an entirely different perspective of the show!
P. Diddy in Time Square
Phantom of the Opera!
The next morning we ate at Ellen's Stardust Diner which is a diner located on Broadway where the wait staff is essentially waiting to be perform on Broadway - they are all aspiring Broadway performers and they sing show tunes while they serve and take your order - pretty cool!  After breakfast we headed to the 9/11 Memorial.  I had reserved (free) tickets the day before and it took us about 20 minutes to get through security and snake through line to the memorial.  Once inside we walked around the two pools and saw the survivor tree.  There is still a lot of construction going on and the museum has yet to open but it was still great to see - a must visit if traveling to NYC.  
Walking into the 9/11 Memorial
South pool of the Memorial
Freedom Tower - still under construction
Freedom Tower and the surrounding reconstructed buildings
After the viewing the Memorial we did some shopping at the Century 21 department store (I found a great and super discounted Nine West purse) and then headed up to the Chelsea Market, which was probably one of my favorite parts of the trip!  Chelsea is where the Food Network is located and the Market is awesome - it has everything - bakeries, kitchen stores, seafood, coffee, sandwiches - EVERYTHING!  I had the BEST lobster bisque soup and fresh made sushi.  I wish I had taken some pictures but I was too busy exploring - and eating!  After the market we headed up to the hotel and then to Grand Central to catch the Metro-North back to Poughkeepsie followed by the drive back to Albany.  

It was a great weekend and hopefully we can go back to the city sometime soon to see another show, explore some more neighborhoods and museums and of course hit up the Chelsea Market again!
Gotta love NBC!
And Matt Lauer says hi!

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