We were in New York for 48 hours, so our last 36 hours did not disappoint! We started our 2nd day out at Macy's, and wow - what an incredible place! The decorations on that first floor we walked into was incredible! I didn't realize how many floors there were - we just started riding that old wooden escalator up one floor after another, exploring each floor along the way. I think we went to all 8 or 9 floors in that place - it's HUGE! Here are a few pictures we took while we were there:
Then it was on to Grand Central Station! WooWoo! Chuga, chuga, chuga, chuga! It really is such an iconic building. We kind of just stood in the middle and did a 360 like goofy starry eyed tourists. We found the 'food court' and imbibed in some delicious pizza and chocolate shakes - yummy!
We left Grand Central Station (as evidenced by this picture of Nicole with the Grand Central sign behind her) and made our way via the subway to the American Museum of Natural History (where the Night of the Museum movies take place) to meet my niece and her boyfriend for a quick walk around the museum before they headed out to meet a childhood friend of hers that was in town. It was really great getting that time in together!!
We had originally said we weren't going to go to a show in New York because Nicole and I had both experienced going to a show there before and we didn't want to spend all that money and take all that time, yada yada yada. Well, it was about 7:30pm at night and we had actually kind of run out of things that we had wanted to do, because we had done pretty much all of them! So Nicole said she would like to go to a show. Unfortunately, evidently most of the shows start at 7pm!! Wow - so early!! I would have thought New York would have had a lot of late shows. Not so. However, we found an off broadway show called Puffs that started at 8pm, and we made it there! It was really written for Harry Potter fans as it is about this little known group from the series (kind of like the story behind the story) and since Nicole nor I had ever seen any of those movies we thought we might not like it but decided to give it a shot. It actually turned out to be super funny, and even though I'm sure we missed some of the humor we understood enough of it to definitely make it worth our while!! The whole cast came out afterwards and took pictures, so Nicole got several pictures with them but they are on her phone and I don't have them. If I get them from her I will update this. For now - here's the picture of us sitting in the theater waiting for the show to start:
We made it back to the hotel, and since our flight didn't leave until the afternoon we decided to squeeze in a few more hours Friday morning in the city. So we got up early, grabbed the free breakfast in the hotel, and hopped on a bus to go into the city. Our first stop, at the recommendation of my dad since he watches it every morning, was the Fox News morning show. We stood behind the group of people and waved at the camera, and my dad taped it and said he could barely see us in the back, but he saw us!! They had local circus they were interviewing and highlighting so we got a picture of that, too:
From there was walked towards central park, stopping to take some photos of the big Christmas Lights and big Christmas ornaments displays:
We thought this was such a cool looking tree, so I snapped a photo of Nicole in front of it! Then Starbucks was calling our name, so we ended up there talking with a fellow Christian who was really on fire for the Lord - it was a great time of fellowship for sure!
Finally, we made it Central Park! We were just going to walk around for a bit and then hop on a subway to take us back to our bus that would take us to our hotel. Wednesday night we had gone to the Bryant skating rink where Nicole skated, but I didn't feel very comfortable because it was so packed! But this morning we stumbled upon the famous ice skating rink in Central park just as it opened at 10am and there was virtually no one there! Nicole insisted we go, and even paid for us to go, and we had a blast!! My final picture I took of our time in New York was this one of the two of us standing in the rink - what a great memory to leave with!
We left there was very little time to spare! We literally ran for like 20 minutes through central park to the subway, where we waited for what seemed like forever for the subway to show up and take us to the Bus terminal. We hopped on the bus and barely made it back to our hotel by our extended check out time at noon, but we hadn't even started packing!! The hotel staff was super gracious and said no problem when I asked for another 15 minutes. We then called an uber and got to the airport about an hour and a half before our flight, so at least that part wasn't stressful!! What an incredible trip with an incredible daughter! So very thankful!!
Tim & Jodie