Thursday, March 8, 2012

"Empire State of Mind"

I must have listened to that Jay-Z/Alicia Keys song a thousand times in anticipation of our trip.  
"In New York, 
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of,
There's nothing you can't do....
Big lights will inspire you.
Let's hear it for New York, New York, New York!"

Without ever nearing the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty, we still managed to hit a bunch of major sights.  Even with a preschooler.

Our hotel was right around the corner from Rockefeller Center.

And it was across the street from St. Patrick's Cathedral.  I could see it out the windows of the gym on the 17th floor.  I had really wanted to go for a run through Central Park but the weather just was not ideal, so I hit the treadmill instead.  Maybe we'll just have to go back in the Spring.

Joseph got to take his 1st Taxi ride.  Classic New York yellow cab.

We wanted to stop for a hot chocolate treat.  This place seemed good enough.  And it had a Starbuck's, of course.

My parents so sweetly took the train in from New Jersey just to spend the afternoon with us on Saturday, arriving for lunch and leaving just after dinner.  We started a little walking tour back at Rockefeller Center, or "The Rock," as they call it.  Had to stop in the Lego store to get a Statue of Liberty kit.

Had to see Times Square!  Right up there is where the ball drops on New Years.

Decided to check out Grand Central Station to take a rest and get some more hot chocolate.  Gorgeous building, inside and out!

There was even a wedding!

We had dinner in the hotel restaurant and had a little down time before hand.  Joseph just wanted to watch a video but everyone else was wiped out.   Mom says she didn't fall asleep and just rested her eyes......which didn't see the flash go off at all.

1 comment:

puppyfur said...

I came across your lovely blog by just hitting "next blog" and I have whiled away the last hour or so reading your posts from the beginning. Beautiful pictures, great posts, and, above all, two wonderful parents who are making beautiful family memories for their beloved child. So heartening (even if I am a little envious of Carl's ridiculous number of talents!) I look forward to following your adventures.