S: This too, is New York! November 2009
FC: This too, is New York ! | Dan Debs Lisa Steven
1: T | This too, is New York! Two Couples Eat and Sightsee their way through Manhattan's Vast and Diverse Neighborhoods
2: Welcome to New York! DAY 1 - MIDTOWN Wicked Tour Rockefeller Center NY Public Library Grand Central Station Eats in SoHo DAY 2 - UPPER EAST SIDE Redeemer Church Columbus Circle Central Park The Met Museum of Art Times Square Mary Poppins the Musical DAY 3 - LOWER MANHATTAN Empire State Building 9/11 Memorial NY Stock Exchange Statue of Liberty Eats in St. Mark's DAY 4 - UPPER WEST SIDE Natural History Museum Chinatown/Little Italy Bryant Park Eats in East Village DAY 5 - GREENWICH VILLAGE Eat/Shop
4: The Magic of the Holidays in New York City
6: Art of the Subway
8: Bryant Park | Only in New York World's largest candy stores Doggy day care Mini "grocery stores" Playful art and graffiti One-handed snacks Urban playgrounds After work respite | Where are you, Project Runway?
10: More than a Play on Words... Being in New York proved to be more than just words and images; This was the REAL deal!
12: Nothing beats New York style pizza, and we intended to have as much of it as possible. My favorite was the lasagna, oozing with sausage and ricotta.
13: Another New York staple are the hot dogs and fruit shakes at Gray's Papaya. Like the pizza, the dogs are thinner yet juicy and full of flavor.
14: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Mary Poppins the Musical included most all the songs from the movie, plus a few new ones. We were mesmerized by the spectacular sets, costumes, and adaptations of the movie's magic for the stage. The child actors who played Jane and Michael Banks were outstanding!
15: The Toys R Us in Times Square is the largest toy store in the world. You can ride the 60-foot ferris wheel with one of your favorite classic toy characters.
20: At the Wicked Behind the Scenes Tour, we learned about every aspect of musical production. No detail is overlooked in creating the world of Oz. Each costume can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and is custom made to suit each performer. Artists are commissioned from all over the world, but to control consistency between shows, the warehouse for all creations is in New York.
21: We learned Glinda's dress has gotten so big that she needs to be pushed in order to cram into the bubble cage!
24: American Girl Place
25: From the classic American Girls dolls and books of history to the modern custom look alike dolls, twins, and outfits, visiting American Girl Place is a dream of many little girls, including this big girl.
26: On Fifth Avenue, the American Girl Place is three stories of imagination come to life. Girls can shop for new outfits, accessories, furniture, and pets for their dolls. At the Doll Hair Salon, choose from a menu of styles and have your doll groomed. There is also a portrait studio and restaurant serving meals and tea.
28: New York Public Library
30: We had to see the one of the grandest and most famous libraries in the world. The New York Public Library houses collections of several historical documents and original manuscripts, such as Thomas Jefferson's handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence. We saw the first Gutenberg Bible to come to the United States, one of 48 that remain. Below the Main Reading Room are 88 miles of shelves, holding over seven million volumes. Works can be retrieved within ten minutes. During our visit, there was a special exhibition on New York's shoreline, with maps from the 1600s to present day. Most memorable were panoramic depictions of the busy ports and once barren skyline.
31: Viewing this Bible was once considered a sacred privilege. Upon its arrival in 1847, 400 years after being printed, officers at the New York Customs House were instructed to remove their hats on seeing it.
33: Grand Central Station | Half a million people pass through the terminal each day. There are over 2,500 stars painted on the ceiling of constellations.
34: Someone's Got a Sweet Tooth Vacationing with Deborah - pregnant Deborah - means taking advantage of every dessert diner New York has to offer! Coffee Toffee cupcakes at Crumb - Strawberry Chocolate Wafer Icebox Cake at Magnolia Three Courses made to order at ChikaLicious - Skip the line at Serendipity and go to Dylan's Candy Bar for their Frozen Hot Chocolate - Sinfully rich Liege Waffles
36: Metropolitan Museum of Art
39: The Met is thought to showcase the most comprehensive collection of art in the Western world. In three hours, we only went through half of the museum and can't wait to come back for more. After seeing the Vermeer exhibit, we will never look at milkmaids the same again. Minoan gems, the painted bark rook of an Oceanic meeting house, Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Matisse, Picasso, Warhol...
40: Giant toy xylophone (or inspiration for the iPod) | "The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living" | Concave sculpture of hexagonal mirrors that mimic a fly's eye
42: Here We Go! We returned to Rockefeller Center at night to join the festivities for the new four-player version of the Super Mario Bros. game. The Nintendo store displays relics chronicling the game system's development over the past two decades.
44: Twins! | Chess - Mario Style | Homemade Luigi
45: Princess Peach | Grow!
48: Anthropologie at Rockefeller takes the fantasy world to a whole new level! The store windows showcased a wacky take on winter wonderland. Inside was the Christmas kitsch you'd expect combined with surprising, inexplicable displays, such as the 50s era actress's dressing room. Were we stepping into a movie set?
50: Seafood and veggie antipasti - Rigatoni with sausage and escarole - Penne with roasted eggplant and buffalo ricotta - Pizza with anchovy and egg - and para dolci: Olive oil gelato, lime curd, concord grape sorbet, blood oranges, and fennel brittle. | Molto bene!
51: Otto by Mario Batali | Mario's food tastes just like the Iron Chef judges describe his cooking on the Food Network: simple, fresh, traditional Italian food where you can taste every ingredient. Delicioso! | Great choice, Heather!
52: Rice to Riches makes rice pudding the IT food in SoHo. Those calories? SO worth it!
54: God loves New York, too! Look how thick He makes their bacon!
56: Central Park We picked the perfect Sunday afternoon to take a stroll through Manhattan's "backyard." It was bustling with dog-walkers, joggers, bikers, and performers, giving us a taste of how New York winds down.
58: At the building in the background, The Dairy, fresh milk was once brought in and sold to visiting children. | Children climbing the Alice in Wonderland statue
59: The twin towers of the San Remo and other luxury apartments featured in many movies
62: Katz's Deli
63: The famous deli proved to be worth the hype - DELICIOUS corned beef, pastrami, and other goodies. Daniel had a Philly cheesesteak, we had a Reuben, a sweet potato knish, matzo ball soup, and more yummy meat to go!
64: St. Paul's Chapel and 9/11 Memorial | People from all over the world continue to send their love, honoring heroes and those that were lost.
66: Traders from Deborah's work gave us an insider's tour of the New York Stock Exchange. Walking the floor, we were shown how computers and high speed connections have transformed the business. From the balcony where news cameras were perched, we watched the ceremonious closing bell. | New Stock York Exchange
67: I'm on a phone, Muth*f*cka
68: Statue of Liberty We rode the free ferry to Staten Island to see the statue. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful sunset to envelop the Lady!
72: Yummy Yakitori In the St. Mark's Square neighborhood, we got our meat fix at a Japanese yakitori restaurant, Oh,! Taisho. Thanks, Kinsen!
74: Green Tea Red Bean Roll with Sake Sorbet | Orange Pound Cake | Demolished! | Deconstructed Apple and Sweet Potato Pie with Sesame Praline Crisp | Cha-An
75: Japanese Tea House | Good to the last drop
76: Empire State Building
78: The longer you stay at the top of the Empire State Building, the more you can see! On a clear morning with 25 miles of visibility, we were able to locate several famous landmarks, such as Macy's, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, the ball at Times Square, Central Park, ice skaters at Bryant Park, and the Flatiron Building.
80: American Museum of Natural History | Cataloging every living and nonliving thing that ever roamed the earth
81: The grand entrance features cast fossils replicating a Barosaurus defending her young against the deadly Allosaurus. Many of the dinosaurs on display are actual fossils assembled in the 1800s!
82: Fly! | Look what I can do! | Get in there! | Put your paws up! | Hugs, please.
83: The Goliath Frog can grow up to 12.5 inches and 7.3 pounds! | The Japanese Giant Salamander is the largest amphibian, at 5 feet, 2 inches! | I knew it was irrational, but this stuffed wolf pack scared me! | Rodents!
84: The Willamette Meteorite was found in Oregon in 1905 and weighs 15.5 tons. It is the sixth largest in the world! | Rose Center for Earth and Space
85: Hall of Biodiversity
87: Prix Fixe 4 Courses = $30! Steak Tataki beet puree, cilantro, rice puffs Chilled Somen Noodles jalapeño dipping broth, pork shoulder, nori Roasted Skate squash, escarole, furikake Soft Serve sweet potato/pie crust twist, toasted cinnamon marshmallows Honey Crisp apples with miso butter and chive oil Pork belly buns Momofuku Ramen
88: Momofuku Bakery | HIGHLIGHTS: Crack Pie - Cereal Milk Stuffing Soft Serve - Miso Butter Compost Cookie- Volcano Bread
89: Y U M O H !
90: Street Art
92: Everything's cute in the Village!
93: Green Chile Mac and Cheese
95: Go, Foodie, go! On our last day, we were eager to eat as much of New York's specialties as we could. At Magnolia Bakery, famous from Sex and the City, we sampled every cupcake flavor and their famous icebox cake. As we devoured the moist, fluffy cakes and just right sweet frosting, I started to feel a little guilty. A homeless man riffled through cupcake liners in the trash can, while another passed by rotating pushing his two shopping carts... Where to next?
96: BOBBY was here
98: New | York | The boys doing what they do best
99: A place like no other! | City