S: NYC Girls Trip October 2011
2: Our Apartment was a cozy 2 bed 2 bath in the Lower East side (2nd Ave and E Houston St.). We saw where the New Yorkers lived and enjoyed walking by a playground on our way to and from the subway each day.
4: Dinner at Annisa's, located in Greenwich Village, was a wonderful way to kick off the trip. Not to mention, Annisa's translates to "women" in Arabic. We did the 5 course chef's choice. Each course was a surprise, and we all got the same dishes. Above was one of the appetizers: tuna, hot and cold. We also had a liver appetizer and chicken with pigs feet in it was the entree. It was all so good we didn't mind we were eating pigs feet! | pineapple popsicle desserts (well the dessert after the dessert) | First night in New York--Dinner at Annisa's Chef Anita Lo (who's been featured on the Food Network) actually cooks in her restaurant, and came out to meets us (she was kind enough to stop by in between courses).
5: One of the desserts was deep fried melted butterscotch goodness.
6: Day One: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
8: Feeling very Patriotic
14: Ground Zero The memorial had just opened to the public for the 10 year anniversary about a month before our visit, so we were lucky to get tickets to go on the grounds. It was still considered a construction zone, and only a limited amount of people were allowed in at a time. The two large waterfall, reflection pools in the footprints of the towers are the perfect monuments to remember the loss of that day.
16: After ground zero and before our shows we wandered around Wall Street, went into Tiffany's and the discount store Century 21 and saw some of the protesters of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement.
17: THE BIG APPLE
18: Night 2: Broadway Shows and Serendipity Sister Act and Mama Mia Christie's friend from home, Danny Stiles, was in Sister Act and he took us back stage. Afterward, we went to Serendipity for their legendary iced hot chocolate just before their midnight close and didn't have to wait in the often 1-2 hour line.
20: Brooke hooked us up with tickets to a live show of "Live with Regis and Kelly". Regis was out that day, so we had Carson Kressley as the guest host. We had our husbands watch and record the shows for us and Heather and Hilari were even on TV...sorry Brooke...
22: Upper West Side The Temple and Lincoln Center were just a couple blocks from "Live with Regis and Kelly". We also checked off another of Brooke's bakery's -Levain Bakery where they had the best cookies. And we ran across a Catholic church we could go inside--Church of St. Paul the Apostle founded in 1858.
24: The Red Steps After our morning on the upper west side, we headed down to midtown to take in a little Times Square. The red steps were a nice addition to be able to sit and observe the Crossroads of the World where millions and millions have visited.
26: Christie's Encounter with Naked Cowboy Man in Times Square
27: Still Friday: Day 3 NBC Studio Tour, (Christie and Brooke) The Frick Museum (Heather and Hilari) and Carnegie Deli. Oh, and a little stop at a cool looking church so Heather could pray!
28: The Dry Bar We wanted to squeeze in another thing before a dinner reservation. We got our hair washed and styled, and it was a nice break and we could charge our phones! The city sucked our phones dead constantly. After we were all styled, we headed to dinner at Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill where we didn't take one picture and had minimal conversation because, well, we were all too exhausted.
29: Central Park: Morning of Day 4 | A Central Park Bike ride was just what we needed on Day 4 after having two early mornings and a lot of walking the previous 2 days. We slept in (9 am) and went for the Sat am bike ride where Heather went on a conservatory tour and the other three ventured off. We tried to spot celebrities for Brooke without any luck. It was another gorgeous day (we'd had nothing but perfect weather the entire trip) and we soaked up the sun while enjoying the beauty of the park. We weren't alone; seemed like all the New Yorkers and tourists alike had the same idea.
30: A venture on our bikes out of the park: pizza, Museum of Natural History (from Night at the Museum) and Cafe Lalo (from You've Got Mail).
32: Day 4 Afternoon: Brooke and Christie get personal shopping at American Girl and Heather and Hilari head back to the Park to soak up the sun and people watch on the Great Lawn.
34: We regrouped again at FAO Swartz
35: We waited in the line to have our own turn on the famous piano from the movie "Big".
36: Next Stop: Top of the Rock.
38: We spent the night running around Midtown where we found Magnolia's bakery and we got the famous banana pudding... yum...We stopped into yet another church where mass was going on all the while on a quest to get something at Tiffany's on 5th Ave., but alas, they were closed when we got there. So, we changed course and headed to...(see next page).
42: Oh, wait, one more very important thing before we head home. Yes, it's 11 pm, and yes we've been running around all day, but tomorrow is our last day here and we haven't seen one important stop...subway stop that is. Luckily, Grand Central Station was on our route home. We will just run up the stairs and take a look. So glad we did! For it being 11 pm and all we'd done that day (all the while carrying the big red bags) we looked pretty good!
44: Our Last Day Sunday am we got up and packed up our stuff before heading out for another day of site seeing. We would be leaving for the airport in the late afternoon, and there were many more things to see on our list. We decided on two very different scenes: Canal Street and Mario Battalli's Eataly--gourmet type food court/bistro/marketplace in the Flatiron district. It was another gorgeous day and after buying matching purses on Canal Street we went to Eataly where we each bought something different to share. We had wonderful meats, pastas and bread. Afterwards, we walked across the street to find out we were in Madison Square Park, home of Shake Shack. That was one of the places on Brooke's list we hadn't made it to yet. The line for Burgers and Shakes was 2-3 hours, so we grabbed the pre-made ones from the "short line"...Oh, but Brooke got her Black and White shake...you'll have to ask her how!
46: As we got back to the apartment and rushed off to the airport, it hadn't sunk in yet on what an amazing and monumental trip we'd just had. We would feel the effects in the weeks and months that followed when we could draw on the strength we gained during this break from our normal lives. Thanks to our good planning (see pictures of our schedule), roles we each had, our supportive husbands, and our flexibility along the way, we had a very "fun and efficient" trip (ha ha). We will always treasure this trip and the memories forever.