Sunday, July 1, 2012

NYC - Day 3

Stop 1: Trump Tower
We started our day by heading up 5th Avenue to visit Tiffany & Co., but when we got there, it wasn't open yet. We killed time by walking through the famed Trump Tower, featured on the TV Show, The Apprentice.  Really, I headed inside to go to the bathroom, and then I went back out and told the others that it was worth seeing. Carol and Chelsey are window shopping at Ivanka Trump's store.

Stop 2: Tiffany & Co. 
I'm standing by the sign and holding out my necklace. Brian bought it for me a few years ago for Valentine's Day. Surprisingly enough, I was able to resist the urge to buy anything in the store. The others weren't so lucky. :) 

This isn't a great picture, but it was a trip highlight, so I'm posting it anyway. Dad, Chelsey, and I cooked up a plan to surprise Carol with a bracelet from Dad. It was so fun to catch her completely off guard!

Stop 3: Carmine's
By a landslide, this place was our favorite restaurant of the entire trip. Carmine's is a must if you visit NYC, but plan ahead because for most times, a reservation is required to get in. The restaurant serves family style dishes, so you order one entree to feed 4-5 people. We started with a fried zucchini appetizer and had pasta for our entree. It was delicious, and the atmosphere was just as good! 

Stop 4: Grand Central Station
This popular movie set and transportation hub was fun to see. It really is a beautiful building, rich with architectural interest. 

Stop 5: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
I ended up taking my dad's spot on this trip at the last minute, so I wasn't involved in the show selections. Really, I wasn't that excited about seeing Spider-Man. I thought that I'd rather see Sister Act, Mary Poppins, or Mama Mia. But, Dad had chosen this one as one that he'd enjoy. Y'all, I was shocked at how much I enjoyed it! It is fantastic, whether or not you enjoy superhero stuff (I despise it). The music and special effects are absolutely incredible. I enjoyed every single second! And, this show was in the Foxwoods Theater, and it is gorgeous!

Stop 6: Ellen's Stardust Diner
This is another must-see sight! We stopped in at Ellen's for a milkshake after Spider-Man. This is an old-fashioned style diner. The food didn't look that great, but it's worth a visit for the atmosphere. The waiters and waitresses are aspiring Broadway actors. They take turns singing as they wait tables. So fun!

Stop 7: NBC Studios Tour
Unfortunately, this tour wouldn't allow photos. But, it was really fun. We saw the studio for Dr. Oz, Saturday Night Live, NBC Sports, and then Chelsey got to pretend like she was a weather girl in the last studio. It was great! 

Oh, and the best part was that we saw these guys getting off of the elevators. They were our first non-wax celebrity spotting. The Jackson 4 (Marlon, Tito, Jermaine, Jackie) were on Jimmy Fallon that night, and had just finished their interview. 

Prometheus in Rockefeller Center

We concluded our day with a trip to Junior's for dinner. Several people recommended this place to us. It was just okay. I think it is more suited to breakfast than dinner and men than women. 

Oh, and on our way back to the hotel, we spotted the Naked Cowboy in Times Square. Aren't we lucky?

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