Empire State of Mind: Day 1

We barely made it to NYC.  When I say barely made it, picture us running through the Chicago airport, telling people to get out of our way on the moving sidewalk.  Y’all.  We almost missed our connection.  But we made it.  We landed in NY at about 11 p.m. local time.  We ended up meeting a very nice man who ran a private car business, so we didn’t have to wait in line for a cab (and thank the Lord I didn’t get us killed getting in a car with a stranger at the airport!).
We checked into our hotel, the Helmsley Park Lane.  We had a little trouble.  Our room wasn’t ready.  They only had a king bed room (with a rollaway cot) for us.  After giving sad looks to the man behind the counter, he gave us a free upgrade to a park-view room…with double beds.  SCORE!
We put up our luggage, freshened up and headed to find some food.  We walked to the Times Square area for some NY style pizza!
Enter Famous Famiglia’s Pizza.
The garlic knots were so good.  I wish all pizza places served garlic knots.
We loved the thin (but not crispy) crust and yummy toppings!
I opted for healthy toppings….broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and mushrooms!  YUM!
Then we ventured into Times Square.  
We even got on the big screen for a few moments!
It was 2 a.m. at this point, so we walked back to the hotel and crashed.


  1. Oh so fun!!!! I LOVE NYC!!! Can’t wait to see more! 🙂

  2. Fun! That pizza looks amazing! I love pizza with healthy toppings — veggie pizzas are my fave!

  3. Oh I love NYC and Pizza, I am so jealous of your trip!! 🙂 Can’t wait for more updates!

  4. Love the pics! I would totally wrestle you for that slice of pizza right about now!

    And hey, is that your MOM? Oh my goodness… y’all could be sisters! She is so young looking!

  5. This trip looks AMAZING!!!

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