We’ve been back from vacation for over two weeks now, and I’m FINALLY getting a chance to sit down and go through pictures and throw a post together about it! As I did with our Colorado trip in March–less words, more pictures!
We flew in on a Friday and got checked in to the Wyndham Midtown 45 late in the evening, so we did nothing that night except hit up this little all natural, mostly organic Amish grocery joint right across the street from our hotel to stock the fridge with a few necessities. I absolutely adored this place! We went back a couple more times through the week. It was the first thing I saw of the city, so I was in love from the start!
For dinner that night, we walked to a nearby pizza joint that the hotel concierge dude recommended. They were happy to accommodate my plant-based preferences and hooked me up with this sun-dried tomato, olive, and arugula cheeseless pie. Hands down BEST PIZZA EVER!!! And I don’t even remember the name of the place now!
The next morning, we hit the ground running. So much we wanted to do and see in one short week! We went all out with the tourist thing and bought the 72-hour hop-on-hop-off bus package. Well worth the money! It helped us get oriented to the city and figure out where everything was. We used it to kind of see everything briefly and figure out what we wanted to go back to.
We wrapped up our sightseeing for the day and headed back to the hotel to get cleaned up and head out to dinner then to the theater district because we had tickets to see Something Rotten that evening.
After the show, we hit up Times Square
The next day we hit a couple of museums. One of my favorite things we did while we were there was go to the Body Worlds exhibit. It was positively fascinating.
Then we headed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Some things in there were pretty interesting, but I wasn’t as awed as I thought I would be.
Then we made our way back downtown to the Empire State Building. We waited till later in the day to avoid the long lines, which are told to be as long as four hours during peak times. We breezed right through in like 10 minutes.
On Monday, we got up early to go stand in line at the NBC Studios for standby tickets to go to a Jimmy Fallon taping. That turned out to be kind of an all-day ordeal, but it paid off because we totally got in! We lined up at like 7:00 that morning.
They came out and numbered us off at 9:00. When we got in line, there were 20 people ahead of us, but by the time several douche bags broke in line in front of us (Dewayne wouldn’t let me kneecap them with my selfie stick), we were numbers 31 and 32. We didn’t have high hopes of getting in, but we were told there was always a chance and to come back at 3:45 to find out how many seats they had left to fill.
There was still lots that we wanted to do and see, but we were afraid to go far because we wanted to make sure getting back at 3:45 wouldn’t be an issue! So we just trekked around town on foot all day. We went back to Times Square and milled around then walked over to Fifth Avenue for some window shopping.
Then we headed back to the studios to find out whether or not we would get in. That was an emotional roller coaster. haha When we first got there, they were turning away anyone with a number higher than 60. (Yay!) Then we waited around for what felt like forever. (Boo!) Then they said they could take 36 people. (YAY!!!) Then they said, no, only 26. (BOO!) Then they told us to wait around because they may get a few more. (YAAAAAAAYYYY!) Remember, we were numbers 31 and 32. They had taken 26. Then they came out and said they could take six more. Do the math. We got the LAST TWO SEATS! WOOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!! (Or so we thought. During a commercial break, we saw one of the guys that was with the family of five that was behind us. They went back for one more after they let us in.) I was freaking stoked. If you’re a Fallon watcher, we were at the taping with Tom Brokaw and Charlize Theron. Several friends and family watched the episode and said they saw us several times. A couple even sent me pics! haha
As much fun as that was, we trumped it the next night by going to one of David Letterman’s last tapings. We had tickets secured for that one, so it didn’t involve the waiting and wondering like Fallon did! I just entered the ticket lottery before we went, and while we were sitting in the Nashville airport waiting to board the plane to NYC, the studio called and asked a trivia question about the show that I had to answer correctly to get the tickets. I don’t have any screen shots of that one (you could barely see us if you knew where to look during one camera pan of the audience), but we were at the taping with Bill Clinton and Adam Sandler. I was so disappointed when I found out who was going to be there. haha I couldn’t have picked two celebrities I would LEAST like to see. lol But guests aside, it was even more fun than the Fallon taping. I freaking love David Letterman and miss him already.
When we were leaving, we rounded the corner and found Adam Sandler signing autographs.
I don’t like him, but that didn’t stop me from getting him to sign my ticket stub for a souvinier. haha
After the taping we went for dinner and then to the Broadway Comedy Club. We were one of the first to arrive, so we were treated to a stage-side table. It was great because we got to interact with the comedians. There were several there that night. I think like 6 or 7? I don’t know, I was hammered. haha I recognized a few of them, but I was really only familiar with one of them–Mike Vecchione. We bought the tickets blind, not knowing who would be there, so I was excited when he walked out!
Oh and I forgot to mention that earlier in the day, before the Letterman taping, we went to the Statue of Liberty. We didn’t go up in the crown or anything. We basically just ferried over, took some pictures, and left.
That night after the comedy club, we hit another bar on the way back to the hotel and then I crashed and burned. haha We didn’t have any solid plans for the next day until 8:00 that evening, and it’s a good thing because we didn’t get out of bed till 4:00 in the afternoon. We were both exhausted and I was more hungover than I’ve been in a very long time. We left the hotel in just enough time to grab dinner and get to the Best Buy Theater for a concert. We saw Of Mice & Men with Crown the Empire and Volumes opening for them. I loooove Of Mice & Men–they were the headliner and the reason we bought the tickets. I only knew one Crown the Empire song and had never heard of Volumes, but they both put on a solid performance. It was a great show and a great time, even if I was still hungover. haha
Neither of us were really up to going back out that night, so we just vegged out and watched TV in the hotel so we’d be rested and ready to make the most of Thursday, our last day there and our 8th anniversary! We slept in again that morning and I FINALLY felt like a human being again. haha So much so that I decided to test out my leg on a run in Central Park! After being sidelined for the better part of three months due to injury, I was ELATED to run a pain-free three miles. And the fact that the comeback run was in Central Park was just the very sweet icing on the already sweet cake.
We hung out in Central Park for a few hours walking around, eating pretzels, watching street performers, taking pictures, just savoring our last day. It was nothing short of glorious.
Then while we were trying to decide what we wanted to do that evening for our anniversary, we decided we’d go back to Broadway for another show. On a whim we bought tickets to see An Act of God. We really didn’t even know anything about it other than it had Jim Parsons in it and we both love him. It was an awesome show and so cool to see Sheldon as something other than… well, Sheldon! hahaha
And then just like that, our trip was over. I don’t think we’ve EVER crammed so much activity into one week! It was so much fun and very rejuvenating for us as a couple. Now to bust ass and save money for our next trip in October!