Wednesday, July 22, 2015

New York 2015-Day One (Part One)

I cannot wait to share with you all the amazing time I had with some work friends that have been in my life for YEARS! 
Initially it was supposed to be four of us women that have know each other forever but our one friend had to bail out of the trip so it was just the tree of us. What an amazing time we had though!

This is me, Linda and Sheila (in that order left to right) on the bus at the very start of the trip! It was a bus trip through McCarter Coach and Tour to New York City for two days!!! Awesome!

Sheila brought us each a bracelet so that we matched and they knew if one of us was lost who we belonged with...she was totally serious! LOL! It was the thought that counted! I am wearing it daily now!!!!

Made them take a selfie by the side of the bus!

It was about 8 hours drive in the bus from where we started in PA to NYC. The bus was great - had a restroom and was clean and comfy!!! Our tour guide kept us entertained the entire time to New York. She told stores about what could do when we got there, passed out information and maps, and played some bus bingo for cash prizes!!! 

This is in Delaware and it was beautiful...the picture does not do it justice!

This is the first view of NYC when driving in through NJ.

Little closer...

And we are here!!!!!!!!!! First building I recognized was Carlos (The Cake Boss) Bakery!!! Soooo cool!

Here's a closer shot of the sign...the line inside was CRAZY long!! I could not believe it!

First thing we did after checking into our hotel for the night was go down to the Tickets booth in Times Square to get cheap tickets to a musical that night. We decided on Chicago and bought our tickets for the 8PM show. then we started heading down to Rockefeller Center and ran into this bus -  I had to make them pose - it was fate!!!!

Radio City Music Hall!!!!!! Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue located in Rockefeller Center in New York City. Its nickname is the Showplace of the Nation, and it was for a time the leading tourist destination in the city. Its interior was declared a city landmark in 1978.

30 Rockefeller Center and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon!!!!!!!!!  We did not see ANY stars at all! I was looking!

This is a view down from the "Top of the Rock". It is a tour that allows you access to the roof of Rockefeller Center (well almost to the roof). They make you get off about four floors shy of the top for $30 and then they make you pay $3.99 more to go up further. We were a little annoyed so we stuck with the floor they let us off on the first time! HA! This guy was cleaning the ledge...scary job!

View of the Statue of Liberty in the farrrrrr distance...

Selfie at the Top of the Rock!

A view down into the city....

Central Park in the distance...

And another of Central Park...we could not have asked for a better day! Weather was perfect and the sky was amazing!

This was in the Swarovski Store in the lower level of Rockefeller Center...anyone looking to buy me something nice, here it is!!!!!! This was beautiful! All crystals!!! 

St. Patrick's beautiful! The Cathedral of St. Patrick (commonly called St. Patrick's Cathedral) is a decorated Neo-Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral church in the United States and a prominent landmark of New York City. It is the seat of the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, and a parish church, located on the east side of Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets in midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York, directly across the street from Rockefeller Center and specifically facing the Atlas statue.

Everyone gets this shot in NYC, right?  Atlas is a bronze statue in front of Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan, New York City, across Fifth Avenue from St. Patrick's Cathedral. The sculpture depicts the Ancient Greek Titan Atlas holding the heavens. It was created by sculptor Lee Lawrie with the help of Rene Paul Chambellan, and it was installed in 1937.

This is the outside of Trump Tower!!!

Trump Tower has the World's best public restrooms!!! It was a hot day and we were sightseeing and drinking tons of water so we checked out a bunch of restrooms...if you are in the area...go into Trump Tower, past the guard at the elevator on the left and go down the escalator to the right...the restrooms are down there with the restaurant and they are awesome!!!!!!! Spacious and Clean!!!!!

My favorite place in NYC!!!!! I LOVE Tiffany & Co.!!!!! My favorite store ever!!!!!

After browsing, sightseeing and shopping all afternoon ... we found the Ambassador Theater to see Chicago with Brandy!!!! A little history: The plot of land for the Ambassador required that the auditorium be placed diagonally on its relatively small lot. This resulted in a lack of stage-wing space, and a uniquely shaped hexagonal auditorium. The exterior of the building is simple, with little ornamentation other than some brick patterning. The interiors, designed by architect Herbert Krapp, employ more elaborate Adam-style plasterwork in the decoration of the walls, ceiling, boxes, doorways and arches.

We had amazing seats!!!

The show was awesome! I cannot stress enough - if you have not seen this musical, you should! I loved every minute! After the show we waited out front to see Brandy up close and personal. She did not disappoint! She signed everyone's Playbook and took selfies with your camera if you wanted too! she was so cute, little and sweet! Very humble and gracious!!! Such a cutie!!!

Here are a few of the shots I got...

Soooo cute...

Soooo sweet!!!

Soooo nice...

We waited to eat dinner until after the show so at about 11PM we wandered into a pizza shop in New York! Seriously, the best pizza anywhere is NYC!!!! I attempted a selfie and the nice lady photo-bombing asked if she could take it for us....she was so nice - thanks!!!

She did a much better job than I did also! Great friends....

We got back to our hotel in Times Square around midnight...this is a shot to the right out of our window...

And this is a shot to the left out of our window...

Nighty night from Day One of the NYC adventure!!!! Tomorrows adventure includes an entire day of sightseeing and a fall...stay tuned...

Anyone else see Chicago or any other play in NYC that you recommend?!?!?

Anyone else LOVE NYC?!?!



  1. So much fun! I've never been to NY, maybe some day.

    1. You would love it! We walked over 20 miles just exploring one day! So awesome!


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