Thanks to my work on Way of Love I had the opportunity to pack up the whole family and haul them to NYC with me for five days back in January. While I spent the majority of my days working with the WoL crew, the boys and Sweet Man took Manhattan by storm – mastering the subway, playing saxophones in Harlem, watching a show on Broadway, eating Korean BBQ and so much more.
Thankfully I was able to join them for one and half days – packing in a whole ‘nother round of fun. Here are the highlights of that our time together:
While we didn’t tour every single tourist location, there was a lot of suddenly looking up and realizing that some iconic building was right in front of us.
We didn’t ice skate, but we did go to the top of Rockefeller Center which was totally worth the price of admission.
We ate some pretty good food, but I have to say that we haven’t quite yet cracked the food code in NYC yet. We weren’t wowed by our choices – nothing was bad, but nothing made us moan with pleasure and delight. Of course we are pretty spoiled. Central and NW Arkansas has some crazy amazing eateries and the bar is set pretty high for our tastebuds. We all agreed that we will just have to go back and keep trying…
Everyone got to choose one thing they really wanted to do, and the museum that Wylie really wanted to go to was MoMa. It was great to see what are now classics up close and personal, but my favorite exhibit by far was the one of Charles Whites work.
One of the highlights of the trip was seeing Wynton Marsalis and band at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Our seats were over part of the stage, which meant we missed seeing some of the musicians, BUT we could see Wynton (and the saxophones) really well. I think that concert may have been the highlight of the trip for me.
A funny thing that we saw when we got there was live Christmas trees tossed onto all the sidewalks. At first I was very surprised that so many people had used live trees for Christmas (here it seems almost everyone has fake) but then I realized that they probably don’t have anywhere to store huge boxes with fake trees in them (unlike here where everyone has a garage and an attic and maybe a barn…) It seems there was a coordinated Christmas-tree pick-up effort by the NYC sanitation department, because later in the week down in Chelsea we saw huge dumpsters full of them.
I love, love, love Grand Central. In fact I have since been back to NYC (for less than 24 hours) and the one thing I did was go to the market there and into the main hall. It is just one of the most magical places I have ever been. I made the boys pose for this picture because everyone told us not to look up while in NYC because it would make us look like tourist – but truth be told we didn’t mind.
One of the few things I wanted to do is go to Purl Soho.
When I started blogging back in the Stone Age, back when I mostly blogged about crafting and babies, this store was one of those mythical places that I read about on other peoples blogs. It was just as beautiful and lovely as I had imagined. I didn’t buy a thing because frankly my craft supply stash is very full and gathering dust, but it sure was fun to look.
So there you go – highlights from our 36 hours touring NYC together!