March 12, 2013

Glimpses of NYC (Part 1)

Before we headed to NYC for the SCBWI conference, I promised that I would take lots of pictures and make sure to share them. Well, I took some photos but then promptly forgot to share them. Here are some glimpses of our NYC adventure:

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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.

24 comments:

  1. Great pics! I'm glad you got to see so much of the city while you were here. You're making me want to visit Serendipity. I haven't been in ages!

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    1. There is still so much to see! We'll definitely back to do more exploring. Serendipity was such a cute little place with all of the hanging Tiffany lamps. Loved it! Apparently, there was an Oscar upstairs that we could have gotten our pictures with that day. I think it might have been part of the Oscar tour. We missed our opportunity, though. Ah well. :)

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  2. I've never cared much about visiting NYC, but you have successfully changed that. It looks like you guys had a blast! All of those amazing landmarks, and the frozen hot chocolate... Yum!

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    1. I always wanted to see NYC, but it wasn't at the top of my list. There are so many places overseas that have always caught my attention. I am so, so glad that we finally went, though. It was every bit as amazing as everyone has been saying it is. It's no wonder people migrate there in droves. I would too if there wasn't the little matter of customs and immigration. ;)

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  3. Love those pictures! As you know I love NYC, so happy you guys had a great time :D You both look great <3

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    1. There is so much to love about it! We'll have to make sure that sometime we our trips to NYC coincide with each other. Call it meeting halfway, if you will. :)

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  4. Loved the pictures! I completely forgot that I hadn't seen any photos of your trip yet. I'm seriously thinking the boys and I need to plan a vacation in NYC sometime.

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    1. There are more pictures, but I figured nobody really want to see the Naked Cowboy so... I'm bummed that I didn't take pictures of Greenwich Village and stuff from the conference. I got a little lazy with the whole shutterbug thing. I guess that means we'll have to go back and take more pictures, right? You guys should definitely check it out sometime. There's something there for everyone! :)

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  5. New York is such an awesome city. Glad you had so much fun! :D

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    1. It is definitely awesome. Easily one of the awesomest places in the world, and I can't way to return! :)

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  6. So glad you had a good time and great picks! I went to Serendipity's when I was 10 or 11 when the movie first came out and made Mom bring home a packet of their frozen hot chocolate. I think it still hangs out in our kitchen...LOL! These pictures are making me so homesick!
    Do you think you'd ever return to the City? There is so much to do and see (so many wonderful museums!).

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    1. Um *great PICS. (as in pictures.)

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    2. I would *definitely* return! In fact, I can't wait until we get to visit again. It's one of my favourite places ever now. :)

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  7. Lovely pictures! So glad you had a fun visit--even if it was horribly cold!

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    1. I will never again scoff at New Yorkers when they say it's cold. They are so right! It's an entirely different kind of cold than we have here. We may get many, many degrees below freezing, but it's not damp and windy like you guys have. Even so, it didn't dampen our spirits or our enjoyment of the city. We'll be back again! :) (I would even return in February despite the chill.)

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  8. Awesome pictures! I love visiting NYC when it's cold--in my experience, it smells pretty awful in the summer.

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    1. Thanks, Crystal. :) I'm not sure what it's like in NYC in the summer, but I have heard that it can be smelly. Hmm. Perhaps February is the best time to visit after all??? :)

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  9. Aww, love those! Even now that I live somewhere with plenty of greenery outside, I miss Central Park. There's something magical about it. The Italian place was Faicco's, and next door was Murray's Cheese (as far as I know, no relation to the bagels!). I'm terrible about taking pictures too--one of the drawbacks of having a "dumbphone" is that I have to plan ahead for photo ops!

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    1. It's really a shame the park lost so many trees in Hurricane Sandy. I thought it looked a bit more sparse than it should (and not just because it's winter). The worst part about not taking pictures that day is that I had both a smartphone and a camera in my bad. Whoops! I think I was just swept up in the fun of it all that I totally forgot. :)

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  10. Oooh, thanks for sharing so we can live vicariously!!! :) #1 is so cool and #8=yummmmm. This makes me want to visit NYC again soon.

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    1. Seeing the Burnett Fountain was a highlight of my trip, I have to say. Especially since I felt a bit strange writing about it in my WIP without actually seeing it in real life first. Now I feel less like a poser. :P

      As for the frozen hot chocolate, I think I would have enjoyed it a bit more if it had been summer and if it hadn't followed a Gray's Papaya hot dog. ;)

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  11. Oh my gosh, this post makes me miss NYC SO much but at the same time fills my longing for a little while longer.
    It looks like you had a great time!

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    1. I miss it already and it's only been about a month lol. :) We had a really great time and will definitely be going back sometime!

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  12. So glad you had a good time! I went to NYC when I was in high school, but we were only there for two days which really isn't enough. I'll definitely have to go back sometime and check out some of those places in your pictures :)

    And on an unrelated note: Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever heard any of the Canadian customers I've worked with in retail ask me where the beanies are...haha.

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