Monday, December 3, 2012

New York City

We had a wonderful time in the Big Apple last month (okay, now more than a month ago). Maybe it was so fantastic I'm having trouble putting it into words. Yep, we'll go with that.

We flew out of Charlotte at 6am. I highly recommend this if you're a morning person. We had plenty of room to spread out on the plane & even the airport was pretty deserted. We arrived in NYC at 8am, which gave us a full day to explore as soon as we arrived. We stayed at a precious boutique hotel in Times Square, called the Mayfair Hotel. Yes, all of the rooms do in fact have toile wallpaper, but it's not that overwhelming once you're in there. The lady at the front desk even gave us a free room upgrade because I was pregnant. I love New Yorkers.

We had perfect weather all 3 days. The fourth day got a little chilly & windy, but that's also the day Hurricane Sandy hit. We flew out at 4:30 that day & they started delaying/canceling planes at 7, so we felt really lucky we were able to get home!

Here are some shots from the trip...

Rockefeller Skating Rink

Waiting in line to pickup our tickets for the Late Show. We were selected to sit on the front row right in front of the band! We were so jacked & actually made it on TV.

Boom baby.

Here are all of the employees and as I'm typing this, I'm finally understanding why they wear Letterman jackets. Duh.

Thursday night Clemson played Wake Forest. I got in touch with the president of the NYC Clemson club & we went to the Liberty to watch the game with tons of other Clemson fans. It was so cool to feel at home in a different city!

We stalked around the Today Show quite a bit each morning and even caught a glimpse of Matt Lauer as he ran to his getaway car. That dude can scoot.

Our view from the Top of the Rock. It was pretty overcast for our entire trip, but this was one of our favorite parts of the entire weekend. You could literally see the entire city from this spot. If you're planning a trip, put this on your to-do list!

Central Park from Top of the Rock

We took the subway to Brooklyn to see the new basketball arena that Jay Z built. I'm game for anything that makes me feel closer to Beyonce.

We had the most fantastic pizza at "Not Rey's Pizza." You can have it just as good if you go to "Rey's Pizza" in the city. We had Italian 6, count it, 6 times in 4 days. I was in HEAVEN!

The 9/11 memorial

They really have done a wonderful job with this memorial. It's beautiful!

The closest firehouse to the Trade Center - first responders.

Times Square on a Friday night

Central Park was beautiful!

Buying gifts for our baby girl at the most famous toy store in the world!

All he wanted was to eat an NYC hotdog in Central Park

happy hotdog face

We finished off our trip with a Staten Island Ferry ride to visit this little lady.

This is just some of what we got to experience. We weren't allowed to take pictures inside the Letterman show, so I only have great memories of seeing Adam Levine, Donald Trump & Carly Ray Jepsen. It was so cool to be close to so many famous people!

On Friday night we attended a comedy show, a first for me, but it was so much fun! I was 17 weeks pregnant when we went & it was a perfect time to walk around the city. I've been in the Summer, Fall & Winter and every time is better than the last. Who wants to plan a Spring trip with me?? ... Maybe Spring 2014 :) 

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