Sunday, December 25, 2011

Number 74

74. Go ice skating in Central Park in New York.

Number 74 on my list was a goal I thoroughly enjoyed crossing off the list. We skated at Wollman rink in Central Park on the last day of our stay. It was fun even though I did fall once. I kept feeling tempted to take my glove off though and throw it into the center of the rink. (Serendipity reference. J) Some advice if you ever decide this is something you want to do, skate on the first day so you don’t poop out early. Skating in Central Park is an expensive experience and not as much fun if your legs are sore from the 3 previous days of walking 12 straight hours.

"Skating" along the wall at the Wollman Skate Rink in Central Park in New York City.

As for the rest of the trip, last week, Rakesh and I flew out on our first ever FLIGHT TOGETHER to Philadelphia for a day to visit with my grandparents. We treated them to lunch at one of their favorite places in Delaware the next day before we boarded the train to Penn Station in NYC.

The first night in NYC we walked around Times Square, which was only 2 blocks from the Belvedere hotel, which is where we stayed during our trip. The rest of the week we hit up popular eateries, such as Gray's Papaya, Levain Bakery, and Lombardi's. We saw as much of Manhattan Island that we could fit into a week.

We literally walked all of the Financial District. (We had gotten a little lost looking for Fraunces Tavern and the World Trade Center.) We walked from the tip of the island in Battery Park to Chinatown and Little Italy all the way up to Midtown. It was amazing how much we walked. Rakesh’s legs were cramping up and my feet were so incredibly sore but we experienced a “close up and personal” kind of trip to New York City. Rakesh now wants to live there.

We walked on the Brooklyn Bridge, visited Liberty Island and Ellis Island and the Empire State Building. We went to the top of the Rockefeller building, called “Top of the Rock.” We walked through most of Central Park and visited Strawberry Fields, of course the Wollman rink, the dairy, Belvedere Castle and Bethesda Terrace and Fountain. We visited other iconic places in the city such as the museums and watched the World Trade Center being built. And of course we had to see a show so we saw Wicked at the Gershwin Theater. The show was awesome- an absolute must for people going with family.

A shot of the Statue of Liberty on our trip to NYC last week.

We rode the subway when we were too tired to walk. We walked through Lincoln Center, Pier 17 and Grand Central Station. We watched Fox & Friends being filmed. We hung out at McGee’s and watched a Houston Texans game which was fun. It was clear as day we were the only two Texans in the Irish pub. We learned there that New Yorkers love them some Christmas songs.

We trekked specifically to some other sites around the island, like McGee’s Pub, which inspired the set of How I Met Your Mother’s McLaren’s; such as the firehouse in Tribeca that was used as Ghostbusters Headquarters; St Patrick’s Cathedral, just north of the Rockefeller Plaza, that was also used in the Ghostbusters movie; in Greenwich Village, Washington Square Park’s white pillar gate from When Harry met Sally; in Chelsea, Kleinfeld’s from Say Yes to the Dress; and the apartment building that was featured on Friends, in West Village.

And would you believe me if I said that that’s not all of it?

We had such a memorable time and I can’t wait to do more travelling with Rakesh. (So long as there’s not as much walking envolved. J)

Merry Christmas everyone! And Happy New Year if I don’t see you!

Rakesh skating in Central Park, NY and making it look easy.

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