Big lights, Big city: Weekend Recap

Every single time I visit New York City, I am amazed by how incredible a place it is.  There is so much to take in, the views, the smells, the sounds, at times it can be too much but mostly it's just awesome. Normally, I am visiting friends and avoid all things touristy, but this time we did all things crowded.

While waiting for Jamie, my brother and sister-in-law to arrive, I walked around Ground Zero, Bryant Park, Central Park and Bloomingdales before meeting everyone for dinner and drinks in the West Village.   Despite our hotel's elevators being out and having to climb 30 flights (instant butt workout) at midnight we had a great day.

Great window display of vintage sewing machines in the All Saints display.
Beautiful Bryant Park flowers 
The Promenade
Saturday, my brother and fellow early riser, grabbed two coffees and walked Midtown in search of bagels.   We spent the rest of the day walking around the Empire State Building, NY Public Library and Central Park.  With all that walking, we needed more sustenance.  Fortunately, the Carnegie Deli was on our way to the park.  We split corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, pickles and a black and white cookie. YUMM-O.  After more walking, we met friends Royela and Patrick for a meal that is beyond words at the newly renovated Le Bernardin.  I will never forget it, it was that special. I have no pictures, because its not a place you shove a camera in your food but I assure you it was amazing.  Great friends, food and wine (and gifted champagne - thanks Angela and Mike!).

Lion at the New York Public Library

The Empire State Building

True sign at the Carnegie Deli
Sunday was a lazy day since both Jamie and I woke up with colds (NY subway, I'm looking at you!) so we walked around Times Square, grabbed a slice of pizza and waited for the 2pm performance of the Book of Mormon, which was incredible!  Such a gut-busting, button-pushing, raunchy, over-the-top show.  It really blew every other musical I've seen out of the water.  The music was both clever and diverse, the dancing amusing and high-energy and the sets simple and transitioned seamlessly.  We've already bought the soundtrack and are talking about going back for an encore performance.

Getting my Chocolate Fix! 
Musicals I've loved, and Musicals I'd love to see
A very true quote at the Book of Mormon
Phew! It was jam-packed-with-fun weekend, and precisely what we wanted out of our birthday weekend.  Tell me, do you love NYC and if so, what do you love to visit when there? Do you go super touristy like we did, or avoid all of it?


Meagan said...

This looks like such a great trip! I'd love to get to visit New York!

Dale said...

Wow, it looks like you had such a great time, I loved looking through the pics. I just found your blog and I definitely enjoy NYC. I went there a few years ago, but it was the middle of Dec and I was sooo cold I almost couldn't handle it. If I go back soon, I'll make sure I'm more prepared. hehe
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SassyUptownChic said...

I'm hoping to go next year! It's on my list. This year was Vegas. Cara, these pics are AWESOME AWESOME girl! That one with you and the Hershey syrup is priceless. LOve this post! You captured some great moments. :D

Anonymous said...

That is one AMAZING shop display! Its so relevent and so DIFFERENT! I like it alot lol. Looks like you had a wonderful trip. I've dreamt of visiting Bryant Park, NY a number of occasions lol so Im kinda a little bit jealous that you had a getaway there ^_^


The Sweet Cupcaker said...

so glad you commented on my blog! I love yours! Beautiful pictures of NYC!

Sara C. said...

your pictures made me so much nostalgic of the time i hade in NY. The city I heart the most
Sara C.

Anonymous said...

That looks like such an amazing trip. I've only been to New York once, but I was attending a work conference. :(

You seriously walked 30 flights of stairs? I'm exhausted just thinking about it. I guess you needed to burn off the calories from that huge bottle of Hershey's chocolate syrup, right? :)

laura said...

Oh man, your photos are AWESOME! I really LOVE the All Saint display. When I went to Seattle and saw their window, I took pictures for like 5 whole minutes!
♥ laura
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Erin Lian said...

Oh my goodness I would have done everything you did, it is exactly my dream trip - especially the Book of Mormons I am desperate to see! <3

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