Sunday, April 13, 2014

NYC Part 6 of . . .

NYC Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 . . .

I woke up this morning feeling like I hadn't stopped since I got there and was so excited to still have another 4 days to see & do more.

Started off this morning with the best bagel I've ever had in my life and then headed to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) not to be confused with the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMoA) that I went to last week :)

I enjoyed MoMA today more than MMoA last week.  They are both amazing but MoMA just seemed to be more my speed and wasn't so hot and seemed more open.  And again, I felt a little star-struck standing in front of Starry Night.  When I walked around the corner into the Monet room I was shocked.  I had no idea they were so huge and impressive.

Thought this was cool - made of pastel & gunpowder.
After the museum, I was in dire need of some caffeine and I needed to charge my phone.  Starbucks!  We were both only 1% charged.  Holy bags and lines under my eyes!

I was feeling a little too cultured and mature after the museum so I wandered up Fifth Ave in search of the toy store.  Not just any toy store.  THE toy store.  F.A.O. SCHWARZ.

And I was here for the THE BIG PIANO!!!

There were a few kids in line in front of me and then a couple kids behind me and three women about my age after them.  They let people on a certain number of people at a time and you get 5 minutes I think.  So we just let all the kids go on together first and then I went on with the other women and we had so much fun.  We each took each others pictures really quick and then spent the next couple minutes trying to play a song and sliding around.  So funny.  And I'm so happy that they happened to come up behind me!

It took everything in me not to leave with these peanut butter cups.

From here, I walked to Central Park to spend some more time wandering it.  It's so amazing and so beautiful and I hadn't yet walked the The Mall.

Then I walked through the upper west side a little more and into Riverside Park.  Same park I was in yesterday for the race but about 10-15 blocks south of there for the You've Got Mail last scene.:)

Real estate envy

Can't you just picture Tom Hanks coming up that path yelling Brinkley?!

I headed to Times Square to see if I could get tickets to anything at the TKTS booth.  There weren't many shows playing.  My choices were partial view seats for Rock of Ages or a show called Newsical the Musical.  That was sold as sort of comedy news thing in the style of SNL.  I went with that but really wish I'd gone with Rock of Ages.  I didn't think the show was that funny and it was much too short.  Although, if you're not enjoying it, I guess that's better, haha!  Thankfully, I knew the next few days of shows were going to be amazing and I already had the tickets. :)

Monday, April 7, 2014

NYC Part 5 of . . .

NYC Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 . . .

Waking up this particular Sunday morning was exciting.  I had a goal to run 13 races in 2013.  Once I knew the dates that I was going to be in NYC, I started googling races.  I mean, how cool would it be to not only run 13 races in 2013 but also have one of them be in NYC.  I missed the Jingle Bell Jog by a day.  But I was registered at home for the Santa Shuffle the same day so there was no sense changing my plans for that.  But after frequent checking I found the Riverside Park Hot Chocolate Run.  There was a 5 km and a 10 km.  I did the 5km.  Figured since I'd be walking all day every day, I didn't need to run 10 km.  I was a little worried about finding my way there and finding the start in the park but it turned out to be a breeze.
Waiting at the subway.

I got off and saw other runners!  I'm in the right place!  I followed them to the park entrance.

People hanging out and stretching.

Beauty park.

Ready to go!

Almost there!

Hell yeah I did!!!
Race #12 of 13 done!!

After the race, I was walking to the subway to get my day started . . . or so I thought.  Just when I was thinking that nothing looked familiar, I saw this. Monk's from Seinfeld!!!  AAAAAAHHHH!  This was on my list of things to see but I had no idea how close I was when I headed to the race and I wouldn't have found if I hadn't walked uptown instead of downtown when I left the park.  So happy!!

Within minutes I was at the counter.

And a few more minutes later, I was having bacon & eggs and coffee.  Totally reasonably priced too.

When I left, I was taking a few more pictures and a garbage truck pulled over to empty the cans on the corner and the two guys started talking to me.  One of them was a runner so he was asking about the race and then they asked if I wanted them to take my picture.  Umm okay!!

From here, I headed back to the apartment on the train to shower and get ready for the rest of the day.  Here is the block I was staying in and my little grocery store that I frequented.

I had a day of wandering planned.  I wanted to hit a few movie/show stops and the most incredible bookstore.  First up, some randoms as I was getting to my destinations.

Then the bookstore!!!  It did not let me down. 18 miles of books!

Aisle after aisle looking just like this one.

And I bought this super cool subway map reusable shopping bag.  Everything I've read says that New Yorkers always have some sort of subway map on them.  I even saw a few iPhone cases that were subway maps.  So cool.  I'd seen this bag too so when I saw it at the Strand, I had to have it.  I folded it up and used it the rest of my trip too.  Hehe.  I bought other souvenirs here too.  I may have to do a short souvenir post at the end.  I figured I'd just come home with my favourite magnet which is what I usually do.  THAT. DID. NOT. HAPPEN.

Walking distance from the Strand was the Starbucks from the SATC movie :)  I went in, had a coffee, and charged my phone and used the free wifi.

Then I headed over to Dean & Deluca -- Felicity anyone??  Of course I bought the t-shirt.  OF COURSE!!

And because I'm a huge Girls fan - if you don't know what I'm talking about, it's an HBO series.

Who are the ladies?!
Same place! Same frozen yogurt - yes, I'm a dork, I'm fine with

Shoshanna's apartment.

Tom & Jerry's featured in the show.
Next up, I did a little shopping.  Went to the Union Square Christmas market and a couple huge shoe stores in search of boots.  Ended up finding an Aerosoles store that was still having a sale so I bought my black boots in dark brown and some nice low black boots for work.

I headed home with all the purchases that were now weighing me down!  I had no idea what to do that night.  There are very few if any shows on so I ended up heading to a movie (Delivery Man) and having a big bag of popcorn and a giant drink for supper.  It was really weird to be watching a movie set in New York while in New York, hehe.  I was home and in bed at a reasonable hour and it was so nice to know I was going to be rested up for the next day!!