Empire State of Mind: Day 2

Our first full day in NYC came bright and early!  We weren’t going to be there for long, so we had to pack it all in!  
We woke up to this gorgeous view!  Hello park-view room!  Thanks for the upgrade Park Lane!
We left the hotel at 8 for breakfast.  We stopped at our favorite NYC place, Europa.  They have them all over the city, and we just love it.  We enjoyed our breakfast and hopped on the subway.
We didn’t enjoy that too much.  
We got to Battery Park and headed to our boat.  We didn’t know it was going to involve a long security check, and we missed the boat we bought tickets for.  No fear!  No one even noticed!  The ticket takers weren’t interested in details, and we didn’t say anything…so we just hopped on the next boat.  Problem.  Our boat was a Harbor Cruise.  1.5 hour tour of the harbor without getting off.  Just sightseeing.  The boat we got on was the ferry between islands.  Oh well.  This one was better!  

We stopped at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

We got off at the statue.
 We walked around the island with the Statue.  You can’t go up in it right now, so we just walked around.  We didn’t get off at Ellis Island because we were ready for lunch.
We took a cab into the Soho area (I think) to eat at Peanut Butter and Co.  We LOVE their PB, so we wanted to try the place out.
Mom got an Elvis: PB, banana, bacon, so did Tyler (but Tyler’s had chocolate peanut butter!).  I got a cinnamon raisin PB sandwich with apples and cream cheese.  They were sooo good!
Happy with her PB sammy
Outside PB & Co.
 Next we took a cab back downtown to see the Bull! 
We walked from the bull to the 9/11 memorial.  Despite long lines to get in, it was a very emotional, moving experience.  It was very serene and quiet there with lots of reflection going on. 
After the memorial, we took a cab to Top of the Rock, which is the top of Rockefeller Plaza.
BEAUTIFUL views!  I LOVED this.
That’s the Empire State Building behind us.  It was a beautiful day!
I got to make one little pit-stop at Anthropologie for my first shopping experience there!  I got a cute dress and a cute top!  LOVED the store, and would have spent more time there, but poor Tyler was so tired and miserable.
We came back to the room and took a little nap.  Then we got ready and headed out for dinner at the Stage Deli.
HUGE sandwiches with meat they make in-house.
Mom and I love the Stage Deli.  She loves that she can get homemade chicken soup like her Jewish grandma used to make.
After dinner, we saw NEWSIES!  It blew us away!  The cast was so talented and the show was just magical!
After the show, on the way back to the hotel, we stopped for cheesecake at Lindy’s.  Lindy’s is famous for cheesecake, but we thought it was just ok.  The service stunk.  But it was a fun way to end the night.

 Then for a little sleep before Day 3!


  1. The view from your hotel is AMAZE-BALLS! Wowza!

    Your Mom is a woman after my own heart, ordering that Elvis sandwich! <3

    And the look on your face with your sandwich… priceless! Loved it!

    P.S. My hubby feels the same as yours when in Anthro! Bahaha!

    • Yeah when we woke up and saw the view of the park we about died. In fact, Tyler was still sleeping and we peeked outside and our squealing woke him up. I’m pretty sure that room was $100 more a night than our regular street-view room…so we were SO lucky to get the free upgrade!

  2. The look on Tyler’s face on the subway cracks me up! This post made me hungry!

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