Friday, August 24, 2012


Hi there friends!  I am back from the land of NY and wanted to share some photos and stories with ya'll. Stephen and I were able to steal away just the two of us, thanks to gmas and gpas in KS and NE.!  Its always been a place I have wanted to go. Although Stephen has already been several times, he was willing to take me so that I could also have the NY "experience." And boy let me tell ya, it is surely an experience. It was an adventure to say the least.  People live completely differently there. So busy, so fast-paced, so many different people from all over the world all in one place.  As Stephen said, "It is jointly awesome and ridiculous." Every time I stepped out onto the streets it was like sensory overload.  Needless to say, I was ready to get back to my little country oasis and take a break from the big city life. (No offense to any of my NY readers, if I even have any, well I can think of one gal. :>)
So, here I am with Buzz Lightyear on Times Square. This was on our first day.  I sauntered up to him thinking.."Oh, how much Max will love this pic of mommy and Buzz!"  This photo cost me $5 folks.  I had now clue until I had already "posed" and he pointed to the money in his bag thing. I guess I learned my lesson right away. NOthing is free in NYC.
Another view of Times Square. See where the ball drops for New Years?

We found Angelo's pizza at the Ed Sullivan Theatre. We went in to eat and this pizza was delicious. Let me tell ya, we had it again our last day. At $17.50 for a small pepperoni(this was enough for the 2 of us) it was one of the best deals on Manhattan!

The Trump International Hotel andTower

I can't even remember where this was at. Somewhere near the Trump tower.  I just had to go pee and there was this giant statue so Stephen posed for a quick photo. :>

We walked to just the edge of Central Park. This was the most trees I saw the whole time.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)  was amazing and inspired me to do more paintings!

Original mid-century designer pieces. In mint condition. Um, Yes, I would like to please take one of these Eames chairs home with me?! Please?

Just Cool
Mid-Century Modern.  Can't you tell I was in such a happy place here?
an original VanGogh. Wow. They also had the original "Starry Night". Wow.

Just one of the many awesome paintings there. This one is by Kandinsky.

This was the view from our hotel room.  We stayed at the Marriott Marquis. Very nice and modern. One of the hotel's features was the only revolving restaurant/lounge at the top of the building. We did this one evening and enjoyed panoramic views of Manhattan whilst sipping cocktails. Very romantic.

After standing in line for only 2 hrs., we were able to get to the top of the Empire State building to take in more breathtaking views of the NYC skyline.  It was cool and breezy way up there and except for all of the people could have also been very romantic.  Like the movies. :) Movies have editing.

The Chrysler building  on the left.

Taking a moment to pose with the builders

Doesn't this diner just scream 50's modern.  Snapped this photo from a taxi cab. Oh, riding in taxis was kinda fun.They really are crazy drivers. Honkin their horns, squeezing & speeding thru spaces you dont think you could ride a bike through. Weeving in and out.It was almost like an amusement park ride.  Weee!

The Freedom tower is center. These next few pics were taken on the Circle Line boat tour of Manhattan. It was a fantastic way to see the whole island and also all of the bouroughs.

Stephen and skyline sitting next to a man who was speaking Italian, I think.

The Statue of Liberty was breathtaking and moving. I felt a sense of pride.

Statue of Liberty, me, Manhattan skyline and the Italian man's daughter.

In this pic you can see the statue of liberty in the center in the distance. Brooklyn bridge and um i forgot which other bridge.

old factory w/ cool vintage sign.

Columbia University students have "claimed" this cliff and often jump off when the circle line boats cruise by. We saw 3 dudes jump, see them down in the East River?

Grand Central Station. Our plan was to hop on the subway down to Wall-Street area and walk around from there. Once we finally figured out how to purchase a metro card and actually get on the subway, we weren't underground for very long.  It was extremely loud, hot, crowded, filthy. We had no place to sit and stood up holding on to the poles for dear life. Needless to say, we got off on the first stop. I was "traumatized" and will probably need therapy. Ha!

This light fixture inside Urban Outfitters was made of old clear glass vases and bowls hung upside down. I want to figure out how to do that and copy..on a smaller scale.

We had to walk into Saks & Company just so I could say I've been into Saks 5th Avenue. I was surrounded by Dior, Gucci, Prada, Armani, Louis Vuitton. It was like that movie "The Devil Wears Prada".  I didn't buy anything though.  I decided instead of a new Prada bag I'd save my money for, I dont know, maybe another vacation!

I love this store. Anthropologie. It is a dream.

Another Times Square view just before dark.
Outside our hotel. I believe people were watching a street performer..

I had just seen my first Broadway show, Chicago. I was a big city girl now. Ha!

Stephen and I's only picture together from the entire trip. This was after the show.
Sorry I couldnt edit the piece of trash out of the photo.  Note the trash can just like 2 steps away.  Jeez. Really?
 And there you have it. Thanks for sticking with me through all of those photos. I hope you enjoyed my tour of NY.  It was a great adventure with my husband that we will cherish forever.