S: New York City, December 2010
BC: December 2010 | Thank you, Mom, for an amazing trip!
FC: 2010 | I NYC
1: For our Christmas and birthday gifts this year, Mom took us to New York City. We stayed four days and three nights in the heart of the big apple at Times Square. We had a blast seeing the sights of the city, experiencing NYC at Christmas time, touring historical sights, eating some great food, and enjoying some shows on Broadway. We did a lot of walking, a little sleeping, and some shopping too. It is definitely a trip we will always remember. Thank you!
2: Rockefeller Center | 2010
3: A Swarovski Star tops the tree
4: Seeing the Storefront Windows | We enjoyed the windows at Macy's and Lord & Taylor the best. Some of the others were just odd, like the space ship next to the white outfit worn by Lady GaGa. We all preferred the traditional Christmas Scenes.
6: Please Return to Tiffany & Co. NY | While walking and window shopping down 5th Ave, we went inside Tiffany's to "look". We then surprised Mom with a gift certificate to choose a bracelet. It was so much fun to shop in such a nice store.
7: We walked all over NYC. It was fun to see so many sights familiar from TV & movies: Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Macy's, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, & many more.
8: We took the ferry out to the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island. We got some great views of Lady Liberty & NYC.. | the original flame
11: We waited in lines for the ferry, lines for security entry into the statue, and more lines for the ferry, but it was so worth it. Getting to look at the statue from the inside was very cool. There were a lot more stairs than we expected, but the view was great. The history was very interesting. Seeing Ellis Island was great too. We all enjoyed hearing stories of what the immigrants went through to enter our country, all chasing the! American dream.
12: Visiting the site of the World Trade Center is a must. The church across the streets and the museum have lots of reminders of what happened that day, and how we were all affected. | We Will Never Forget | 9-11
13: Wall Street was a little less active than in the movies, no car chases and more security!
14: Times Square is busy and bright. We could even see the New Year's Ball. We tried two different times to eat at Serendipity, but it was too busy with waits of 2-3 hours. We all loved the show Promises Promises. Sean Hayes & Kristin Chenowenth were so good.
16: We went to see the Rockettes perform their Christmas Spectacular show at Radio City Music Hall.. We had great seats and enjoyed the show. It's amazing how they are all doing the same thing at the same time. The Music Hall has been restored to it's original grand style, which reminded us all of Annie.
18: Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, Featuring the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes
19: There were so many old buildings with great architectural design around NYC.
20: We stopped at Grand Central Station just to see it. It is much more than a busy train station. We had to do a little shopping while looking around.
21: Below are the Chrysler Building and the building where George Washington was sworn in as our first president.
23: At the Empire State Building, there were snow globes in each window with buildings made of snow, gold, crystal, and candy. It was so cold and windy the morning we went to the top. We spent most of our time admiring the view from the side shielded by the wind. We got there early and didn't have any lines to wait in.
26: Central Park: Walking and seeing Central Park felt like being an extra in a movie, so many scenes that were familiar. The bridges, fountains, and structures were all so pretty. It was hard to believe it was all part of a public park.
28: Here are our more interesting dinners. Some with unrecognizable parts (the pasta dish) and another with haunting eyes that had to be covered in order to eat. From Bobby Flay's restaurant to Little Italy to Times Square, with pizza and a hot dog stand in between. We ate some great food and enjoyed the new discoveries. And no trip to NYC would be complete without some hot chocolate and cheesecake too.
29: Rockefeller Center is busy during the day and busy at night. The tree is so much prettier at night, when it's all lit up. We saw the friendliest Salvation Army Bell Ringers around RC. They were all singing, dancing, and collecting money. Everyone seems to like the limelight around NYC.
30: Brooklyn Bridge | We walked half-way out and back on the Brooklyn Bridge to see it's sights & appreciate it's structure.
32: When passing by, we couldn't help but stop and wave to the cameras. It was worth it for the kids to see us on TV. | The Today Show with Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb
33: St. Patrick's Cathedral, the underground Apple Store, and NYC hot dogs, it's all amazing and so much fun to enjoy.