We started our trip out with a very long flight and some Ativan (hello flight anxiety). We arrived around midnight in NYC and hailed our first cab to our hotel. We crashed out pretty quickly and then were up bright an early to head into Manhattan. We decided to take a guided Grayline Bus Tour around the city to see as many of the sights as we could fit in! We jumped in our little bus and experienced all the traffic NYC has to offer...oh and some stunning architecture.
|on the bus!|
|The Met Museum|
|The Empire State building. So tall that you cannot get a good picture of the top when you are underneath it|
|Fifth Ave. and The Flatiron building.|
Driving around was an experience and it made us both appreciate not having that sort of insane traffic in Denver. It was difficult to get pictures while in the bus because there was so much quick starts and stops that many of my pictures were blurry. It was also a very overcast and eventually rainy day, but still wonderful. We were able to get off the bus and enjoy a fantastic lunch in Little Italy and walk around. These were some places and items that caught my eye.
|The Grotta Azzurra Ristorante was delicious!|
|Parking was 32.00/day and they parked people on these lifts!|
|I loved that subway entrances.|
|This is silly, but I honestly thought that the fire escapes were not real...|
|There were these little external basement entrances where stores and restaurants stored their stock.|
|Clearly there is a winner in NYC in the over/under debate.|
After wandering around for about an hour we were back in the bus and crazy traffic and headed towards Wall St. and the 9/11 Memorial. It was unreal and almost hard to breathe while in the memorial. The beauty, the quiet even amongst thousands of people was breathtaking.
|On Wall Street|
|One of two memorial pools. Every person who died in the 9/11 attacks has their name on the memorial|
|When it is the birthday of a victim, the put a white rose on their name.|
When we finished at the memorial we jumped on a fairy and headed out into the bay. We were able to see the Statue of Liberty and all the bridges.
|Turns out Rockefeller Center has shopping and all sorts of things. We found the entrance to the Jimmy Fallon Show!|
|Also Payphone still exist in NYC|
|Token picture with the NBC Marquee.|
Once left to our own devices we navigated the city with the help of Google Maps and were able to get all the way to Times Square, Carlos Bakery and even catch a Broadway show before calling it a night.
Chicago was wonderful, super funny and incredibly entertaining. Our night ended and we grabbed a car back to our hotel to end the night. The next day we were up bright and early and headed to our conference (more on this later). It was our first walk through Brooklyn and was really awesome. We enjoyed our conference and then hit the town for some evening sightseeing and some fantastic pictures of the brownstones and the skyline.
|The little neighborhoods and the brownstones were beautiful|
In a way, NYC was much smaller than I expected. I truly thought that much of what I had seen on TV was just a TV set, modeled after an older NYC. However, after getting into the city it truly does have all of charm and beauty that I have only previously watched on TV.
Our trip was quick, but it was wonderful. Until next time NYC.