Portal to the USA
09.08.2011 - 13.08.2011 90 °F
I had a great trip with my Mom, Grammy, and younger sister Madison to NYC this summer. Mom and I had gone once previously in celebration of my sixteenth birthday. In anticipation of Madison's sixteenth year this September, we decided to carry the tradition onward with a three-generational adventure. We covered a lot of ground via subway and on foot (whew, we were worn out by the end of each day!) Truly it was the best way to really experience the city and get a feel for "real life" - if there is such a thing - in the Big Apple. I did most of the navigating with a great, sturdy map we had purchased at the Staten Island Ferry the first morning of our sojourn. While in the city, we were able to see and do the following:
wait out the astounding and absolutely unparalleled traffic of NYC and its surrounding Burroughs; experience firsthand the craziness of the taxi drivers - who will literally transfer you to another cab on THE MIDDLE of the highway in order to save them self a bit of time, and thus cash); ferry to Liberty Island and hike to the pedestal of Lady Liberty; tour Ellis Island; awe at Ground Zero; ingest some great (but oh so pricy) Greek food near our temporary apartment; see "How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter Saga Star) which we would highly recommend to anyone as hilarious and entertaining musical; wait outside the stage door of "How to Succeed" for the chance to get D. Radcliffe's autograph along with a mob of other people and NYC's Finest per Madison's bequest (Mission: Unaccomplished); tour around Downtown on the NY Sightseeing Grayline Bus while Mom met old pal Meredith and her son for a VIP trip to the top of the Empire State Building; see Madison Avenue; eat an authentic slice; walk over halfway across the Brooklyn Bridge and back; dine (as we had during our last trip - also with Meredith) at John's Italian restaurant in (approx.) Little Italy - delizioso! - and Veniro's Italian Pasticceria for a mind-boggling array of desserts; try again to acquire Sir Daniel's autograph (Madison and Mom did, at least); take the Uptown tour of the sightseeing bus; canter through the Metropolitan Museum of Art in order to view Central Park form the rooftop garden (a little tip - the $30 admission to the Met is only suggested); stroll through Central Park; lament at Strawberry Fields; enjoy table-side-created guacamole at Rosa Mexicano's; meander around the Lincoln Center for the Arts (while picturing ourselves as the Prima Donna of the Opera, and Lead Ballerina in Swan Lake); delight in the wonderful revival of Anything Goes (which I myself performed in as a Junior in high school); savor delectable Buttercream cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery; bask in the day-time glow of Times Square at midnight; geek out at the Harry Potter Exhibition (anyone sensing a theme?); wonder at the marvels of Pompeii (post Vesuvius, of course); take in the magnificent view of the city from The Top of the Rock; have an authentic Northern Italian Meal at the corner restaurant (another theme?); venture upon the New Jersey train for a much cheaper commute to the Newark Airport.
Was that enough information? In truth, keeping this blog is just as much about documenting my adventures for myself and my progeny as it is to keep you all informed as well Please feel more than free to wade through the interesting sections and fast-foward through the boring bits. My trip to Italy is close at hand now - I depart in just under 36 hours! Can't wait to see what this novel excursion will have in store!