Sunday, July 1, 2012

NYC - Day 2

After a night of rest, we hit the trail to explore more of NYC.

First Stop: Pick A Bagel
This was a really cute little bagel shop. It was the perfect place for a quick bite and cuppa joe!

Stop 2: Central Park Bike Ride
We rented bikes and made our way through Central Park. If you've not visited Central Park, let me just say, the hugeness of it is almost inconceivable. It spans 843 acres, which include ponds, restaurants, fountains, biking and jogging trails, baseball fields, a zoo, museums, bridges, swimming pools, etc. It is no small, municipal park. The park was quite hilly in places, which required us to jump off our bikes and push them along the path. I'd highly recommend this method of exploration, though. You can cover so much territory in a limited amount of time. 

 The Boathouse in Central Park

 City View from Central Park

Stop 3: FAO Schwarz
After about an hour or so on the bikes, we were tired and moved on to other well-known sights, like FAO Schwarz. This is the famous toy store from movies like Big, Big Business, Baby Boom, Home Alone 2, etc. It was fun to explore another NYC hotspot. 

Stop 4: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
We made our way back to the edge of Central Park to visit the Met. You'll recognize the steps from Kevin James' hot dog disaster in Hitch (one of my favorite movies). We really enjoyed seeing works from very famous artists. Though, we weren't cultured enough to spend more than about an hour or so here. For true art lovers, you could easily spend an entire day. We jumped around to the galleries that included extremely famous artists' work.  And, please notice the dog walker in the picture. I was so impressed by these people! I can't walk one dog without a total mess!

Stop 5: Serafina
We really enjoyed the excellent pizza here! (Formaggi d'Ittalia). The atmosphere was very relaxing, too. A great place for lunch! 

Stop 6: Lilly Pulitzer
Luckily, Serafina was conveniently located on Madison Avenue, where excellent shopping abounds. We stopped in the largest Lilly Pulitzer store I've ever seen! 

Stop 7: 42nd Street Stroll
42nd Street continues the bright lights, huge signs and incredible sights of Times Square and Broadway. It is the home to many NYC attractions, including several Broadway shows. 

Stop 8: Madame Tussaud's
Okay, when I first learned that we were going to a wax museum, I was thinking, "How lame!" But, if you are in NYC, you have to go to Madame Tussaud's, that is, if you are as intrigued by celebrities as we are.  Here were a few of our favorites! But honestly, the whole thing is just wild. Chelsey and I had the best time texting pics of us with celebrities to see if people would notice they weren't real. 

Stop 8: Wicked
After a full morning, we headed back to the hotel to freshen up for Wicked. I've heard for years that this musical is fantastic, and it really was! The costuming was really incredible, and the music was great, too. We enjoyed it very much! 

After the musical, we made our way to Rockefeller Plaza, but on our way, we passed by Radio City Music Hall, home of the Rockettes!

Stop 9:  Top of the Rock
If you are in NYC, you simply must go to the top of the Rockefeller Building at night. The view is breathtaking. It was so cool to see Times Square from the sky! If you're afraid of heights, you won't enjoy this. Just ask Chelsey. 

Stop 10: Rockefeller Plaza
After going to the top of the Rockefeller Building, we strolled through Rockefeller Plaza, home of the Christmas tree and ice skating rink during the holiday season. 

Stop 11: Studio 1A - Rockefeller Plaza
I've been watching the Today Show as long as I can remember. I was watching back in the day with Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel. I just LOVE the Today Show! Always have! I was beside myself to peek into the studio!
 As we peeked in, I was shocked at the small size of the studio. They were setting up the segments for the next morning. I stared long enough that the crew waved for a picture. Embarassing. :)

Finally, we closed Day 2 with a stroll through Times Square and back to our hotel. What a wonderful day!

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