The Big Apple: Day 1

The Big Apple: Day 1

Mom and I went to New York on a long weekend trip. It was a belated birthday trip (and really, should count as birthday and Christmas for like 3 years!). We took a direct flight out of XNA (about 1.5 hours north of us).  Everyone said this regional airport was quiet and wouldn’t take long to get checked in.


We stayed the night in northwest Arkansas so we didn’t have to get up super early. We got to the airport 1.5 hours before our flight…and it took 1.3 hours to get through the line!

We made it to our plane about 10-15 minutes before departure. But at least we made it.

So we missed breakfast. When we got to New York, we plopped our luggage at the hotel and immediately went to get pizza (the food will be it’s own separate post).

After pizza, we took a subway to Brooklyn and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge.  Not gonna lie, finding the pedestrian walkway was a bit of a challenge and out of the way, but we found it and got AMAZING weather and gorgeous views of the city.  (Side note: 75% of people were walking from Manhattan to Brooklyn. WRONG. Walking Brooklyn to Manhattan gave you views of New York as you walked. Much better).

I downloaded a walking tour from Atlantis Audio Tours for like $2- and it was SO worth it.  It told us to look for this sign, which was hilarious.  No locks on the bridge.  But yes to lox (what they called smoked salmon on a bagel).

The weather was amazing.  In the low 80s, sunny and breezy.

After walking the 1.5 miles across the bridge, we wanted to stop for a minute, so we got some ice cream at City Hall Park and enjoyed the day.

We got on a double decker bus to ride back to midtown (side note: the sign said $29, but that was STARTING at $29…it was like $59 each! But we had already decided to do it).  We got off the bus in Times Square and walked back to our hotel, where we met my friend Jonathan for a bit to visit. He lives in NYC and it was SO good to hug his neck.

We had a quick change and headed out for the evening.  (Side note: the women working the front desk at our hotel were THE NICEST.  They always complimented our outfits and offered to take our picture. It was the Club Quarters in Times Square.  Very clean and comfortable- would recommend).

We had to stop in Times Square for a pic!

We had dinner at the legendary Sardi’s- known for their caricatures of famous stars.  There are over 1500 throughout the whole restaurant! (food will be included in the food post next week).

After dinner, we went to see Hello Dolly starring Broadway legend Bernadette Peters.  She is 70 years old now, but she sang and danced like a 30 year old.

Mom illegally snapped this pic during the bows. Bernadette and Victor Garber played off each other SO well.  They even broke character laughing at each other twice- which was quite charming.

After the show, we walked to get Schmackary’s cookies and crashed for the night. A great first day- and a lot packed into really a half day in the city.

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