Six Ladies in the Big Apple (Part 1)

IMG_5571My mom, aunt, sister, sister-in-law, and I were so beyond excited to go on our NYC adventure and it did not disappoint!

Plans were made a few months ago to take my 9 year old niece to the Big Apple with “her favorite ladies.” We were there for a long weekend and felt like it was a very successful trip of sightseeing, laughing, eating/drinking and making memories.  My mom and aunt extended their trip because it was my aunts first time in the city and she wanted to make sure she did it all.  (Turns out as I type this, bad weather is coming and when they got a notice that their flight “may” be cancelled they decided to go ahead and extend their stay one more night!)

We landed on Friday morning, dropped off our luggage and went straight to the 9/11 Memorial and OH MY GOODNESS, this was so incredibly well-done. We went through the museum in approximately two hours and felt like we saw most of everything, however, I’m certain I missed some things and look forward to going back again. After all, I did become a member and if you want a tip to get in quickly, let me know!

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IMG_2436After the Memorial, we went straight to meet up with my sister/niece. My sister was waiting patiently with a Stella (or Stellar according to a certain few 😉) for us at a local pub and after sitting in traffic we were BEYOND READY for one!!!

After lunch we walked the city a bit, headed to Times Square, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center. It was a great afternoon and I’m convinced I had everyone fooled that I was a city girl as I crossed the streets of NYC acting like I knew what I was doing/where I was going!

We had time to spare (and by time, I mean time for a drink) before our dinner reservations and stumbled upon Sardi’s, which is a restaurant/bar known for the celebrity caricatures surrounding the walls. The drinks were good and it was nice to get off our feet after a long day of traveling/sightseeing.

Dinner reservations were made our first night at Carmine’s – this family style Italian restaurant was highly recommended and they were so busy they weren’t even taking people on a wait list – for someone who doesn’t LOVE Italian (this girl 🙋🏼) I even thought it was EXTREMELY good!

Afterward our friend said she had always wanted to try the ice bar nearby, so of course I was like “OK, Let’s go!” (Obviously – that’s RIGHT UP my alley!) It was so much fun, we bundled up in parkas, gloves and FLIP FLOPS – wait, what? Yeah, I didn’t know we were doing that and had no other choice.  I was ok until most of my second drink was complete, which IN REALITY doesn’t make sense knowing that I had a few strong beverages in my system plus quite a few from earlier. Anyway, everything was ice (even the glasses and seats!) Unfortunately, they wouldn’t allow us to bring cell phones into the bar “for fear of ruining phones” although I’m convinced it was so they could charge for photos.

Regardless, here’s a photo pre-freeze: IMG_4535

And this is what I came home to that evening 😂

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Part II will be posted tomorrow, which will include our trip to American Girl, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Central Park, my .5 seconds of airtime and how my trip why my trip was ruined at the end.

Six Ladies in the Big Apple (Part II)

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After a restful first night, we were ready to conquer the day which included a hot brunch date and shopping at American Girl. This concept is so incredibly cute and extremely new to me!  We arrived early to get my niece’s American Girls ears pierced and hair done (it was in DESPERATE NEED!) The brunch was actually very cute, they had a chair for the doll to sit and join us, the food was unexpectedly good and complete with dessert that we didn’t even want because we were full.

 

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After American Girl, we made our way over to Battery Park to go to the Statue of Liberty. The weather could not have been better and my sister was smart enough to make reservations in advance so we were able to go up to the pedestal, which I’d highly recommend! Everything was perfect and we enjoyed people watching from above!

 

After the Statue of Liberty, we made our way over to Little Italy to have dinner at my sisters favorite restaurant, Da Nico Ristorante. If you are ever fortunate enough to go there, I’d HIGHLY recommend getting the mozzarella sticks – let’s just say, thankfully there were five other people sharing them with me, or I would’ve demolished the entire plate by myself (and the second we one ordered too 😝) SO GOOD!  The wine was an Italian wine that was only $28, so naturally, we had to order at least nfour bottles (not entirely sure, I lost count!)

I will definitely be at Total Wine this weekend hoping they have it! IMG_8801

Unfortunately we were enjoying our wine too much, that we missed going to see a Broadway show like we had originally planned, so we all decided to have a drink at Top of the Rock, well STRIKE TWO and that’s closed on Saturday nights (who does that?!?!) So my sister-in-law and I made the 17ish block trek to the Empire State Building and the views made it worth it, even if I was in heels the entire way (and a hurt knee!) IMG_6384

We took a cab back to our hotel, but we weren’t ready to go back, so went to a great lounge near the hotel, Whiskey Blue, this place was so cute, but we were only able to have one drink before it was time to call it a night! (Not to mention the cute wedding crowd came in and we were feeling a bit underdressed!)

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Sunday morning we woke up, got dressed and immediately made our way to The Today Show, they don’t come out on Sunday’s, but Willie Geist and Dylan Dreyer were waving to fans from the windows – it was really nice, plus we made our .5 second debut on the Today Show!

I SPY US!!!! 

We spent our last day at Central Park where we watched street performers, made our way to the sailboat pond, climbed some rocks and I even got myself a great picture that will proudly be displayed in my living room (picture to come after Christmas when I’ll be getting – thanks Mom & Dad!)

Had an amazing lunch afterward before we had to get ready to head back to reality.

THIS IS WHERE THE STORY GETS BAD:  My worst nightmare happened, I left my wallet in a cab 😩 yep, I’ve never done anything like that before, but we were stressed to get packed/checked-out and a lot was going on.  I’m still kicking myself over it, but everything worked out fine.  I jumped in an uber with my sister and got to the airport four hours early, put all my credit cards on hold and my mom gave me her credit card.  At the airport with no ID, but after a few thorough questions – I was able to get through security with three hours to spare!

THIS IS WHERE THE STORY GETS GOOD: I was beating myself up over this mistake. I only had $40 cash, but it’s just a pain to cancel everything that’s on auto-pay and I’m so naive I’m not even sure what someone could do with my other information. FORTUNATELY, I had a very honest cab driver who found my business card and called me immediately (so sweet) but he called my office and I didn’t get the message until I got to work on Monday.  Random fact: I hate the bubbles on my phone, so I turn off my emails (which show voicemails) while  on vacation because it stresses me out and wasn’t even thinking that the driver would find my business card.  Lesson learned!!! My mom extended her trip and the driver dropped it off to her! I WILL be taking a photo of my ID when I get it back, not sure if it will work, but can’t hurt to have it!

💞THERE ARE GOOD PEOPLE OUT THERE! 💞