1. Burnett Fountain in Central Park - This is a tribute to Frances Hodgson Burnett, beloved author of The Secret Garden and A Little Princess. I really wanted to visit this fountain in particular because it makes an appearance in my current WIP.
2. Belvedere Castle in Central Park - My husband Todd at the 'castle' in Central Park with a view of Manhattan's Upper East Side in the background. As you can tell from the mitts and toque* combo, it was surprisingly cold during our stay in New York. The temperature wasn't all that low, but between the wind and the dampness--yikes!
3. Mulligan's Pub - My friend Jess Silverstein recommended Mulligan's to us, so we planted ourselves there spontaneously on SuperBowl Sunday. We had tons of fun, especially watching all of the commercials that Canadians don't get to see when we pick up the game on our networks. As a person of Irish descent, it was pretty neat to experience a New York Irish pub.
4. Grand Central Station and the Chrysler Building - The conference hotel where we stayed was right next to Grand Central Station. We spent a lot of time in this station, eating breakfast, wandering, and getting around Manhattan all week.
5. Statue of Liberty - We went on a (freezing cold) boat tour on the river and got to see Lady Liberty (who looks like a dude) up close and personal. It was pretty great to see something so familiar to everyone the world over, even if it wasn't quite as grandiose as I was expecting.
6. New York Public Library - What a beautiful library! In the one room, hubby whispered to me, "Is this the room that they pillaged for books to burn in The Day After Tomorrow?" Yes. Yes it is. And so much more. The ceilings were just gorgeous.
7. FAO Schwarz - Every kid's (and big kid's) dream come true. So many awesome toys, and quite possibly the friendliest and smiliest doorman ever. ☺ I may or may not have purchased a C3P0 bobblehead here, but I'll never tell.
8. Serendipity 3 - Ever since I first saw the movie Serendipity, I've wanted to visit the little shop/eatery featured in the movie. I had to give their frozen hot chocolate a try, despite the fact that it was really cold outside. It was good, albeit reminiscent of slightly melty chocolate ice cream. The table right next to ours was supposedly Marilyn Monroe's favourite place to sit when she frequented the place.
9. 9/11 Memorial Fountain - It was a truly moving experience to pay our respects at the 9/11 Memorial. I may not be from New York, but I still remember the horror of watching that day's events unfold from afar. To stand in the very spot where so many lives were lost was so much more emotional than I can express.
I realized once we got home, that I neglected to take any photos during our tour of the Village and thereabouts with Jess. Stupid Jaime. She took us around to: David's Tea, Italian (?) delis, Books of Wonder, Jacques Torres Chocolate, Shakespeare & Co., Murray's Bagels (The smoked whitefish salad bagel I ate here was easily one of the yummiest things ever!), and a nifty Scandanavian candy store among other places. It was such a fun day and a great glimpse of that corner of NYC. Thanks, Jess!
* This is what we call a knitted winter hat in Canada. You will never (ever) hear the word 'beanie' uttered from these lips.