Saturday, May 30, 2009

If I can make it there . . .

Well, hubs and I have gone and done it. We booked plane tickets and accomodations (a cute little studio apartment near Times Square - touristy, but also right in the middle of everything) for a week in New York City at the end of September. And our plan is to go WITHOUT the baby. Eeek!

Both sets of grandparents, plus my older sister, have agreed to put in some babysitting time while we're gone, so it shouldn't be too hard on anyone. And it will be such a luxury to have hubs to myself for a WHOLE WEEK!

So, who's been to NYC? What's your top five? I need trip advice, people!


Erin M. said...

You will have so much fun. Yes, you will miss your little man, but it will be so nice to sleep in and have adult conversation, alone time, etc....go see some plays. Go shopping. am so jealous! and so happy for you that you booked the trip.

A. Boyd C. said...

I think the empire state building closes around ten. Depending on the lines, it takes about fifteen to thirty minutes to get to the top.

I think they've recently opened the torch in the statue of liberty again. It's been closed since they refurbished it several years ago, but you can go all the way to the top again now.

I really liked the Guggenheim museum, but modern art isn't for everybody. MoMa and the Whitney are great for art too. The museum of natural history is pretty impressive, but not as much as the Smithsonian.

When I was a kid, the tour buses were pretty cool, but I've heard the traffic's gotten so bad it's hardly worth it anymore.

Jemimagold said...

Random suggestions for NYC:

1. Even if you've been before, the hop-on, hop-off bus is a great way to see the city. Especially up top on a sunny afternoon.
2. The Frank Lloyd Wright room at the Met. It is a real room from a house he designed.
3. Coolest restaurant- Spice Market down in the Meatpacking District. Happening and deeply atmospheric. Make reservations a couple of weeks in advance.
4. Shopping for knock-offs on Canal St. in Soho. Get off the subway at the Lafayette St. exit and walk on the north side of the block due west. Just this one block. For some reason, only this side of this one block has the top notch stuff. Chanel, Hermes, Tiffany, D. Yurman, Dior, etc...
5. Buy New York Magazine a couple of times this summer and you will get a sense for what is happening there.
6. Drinks on the rooftop at the Peninsula Hotel. On 5th Ave. very near 56th St. or so. Seeing all the lighted buildings are magical at night and worth paying $15 for a cocktail.
7. The Strand Bookstore just south of Union Sq. If you are a booklover- it is mecca. Great prices, huge selection.

Have fun!

Nicole Bradshaw said...

Thanks for the great suggestions, guys!!