But first I thought I would finally share my mini-vacation to NYC. Remember when I went to NYC like three weeks ago?! I met up with Leeann and Christina for 2 days of fun in NYC. You can see more than you'd think in 2 days!
Even though I had been to NYC a few times before there were a lot of touristy things I had never done before so I was more than happy to do it all this time with first time visitor, Leeann!
Kimberly Hotel. So we grabbed a quick bite a a diner next to the hotel and then made our way to the rooftop bar for cocktails with a view of the Chrysler Building.
The next morning we were up bright and early to tour the brand new 9/11 Museum. I'm going to do a separate post on that on September 11th so stay tune! After spending a few hours there we were starving so we grabbed a quick slice of pizza for lunch. You have to eat pizza while in NYC and it was so good!
Staten Island Ferry to take the free ride through the harbor in order to get some beautiful views of Lady Liberty! I had never done this before so was pretty excited to check it out. It was worth the crazy crowds. The views of both the Statue of Liberty and the city skyline were gorgeous!
Gray Line bus which we had pre-purchased tickets for. It is a hop on/hop off bus that has a tons of stops and really is the best way to see everything in a short amount of time. Unfortunately we seemed to often be waiting for buses longer than promised, the tour guides were just so-so and the staff in general was unprofessional and dare I say rude at times. With those things aside it was still the best way to cover NYC in 2 days (would probably try a different bus company if I ever go back).
Central Park. We saw this pretty bridge and walked to the Merry-Go-Round. The park is just so big that we couldn't cover it all but it was nice to see this area prior to dinner in another area of Central Park. . .
Loeb Boathouse restaurant since that was our "blogger dinner" location. We walked around for a little while and I just fell in love with this fountain because it was filled with lily pads and the most gorgeous flowers!
Kim, me, Christina, Allison, Kelly and Leeann.
Rockefeller Center. After making our cameo on The Today Show we walked around a little bit before heading up to Top of the Rock for some amazing views of the city! This was another one of my favorite parts of our time in NYC. (Yes we really were shown on The Today Show when they were coming back from a commercial break. We were eating breakfast at a cafe next door)!
Giant Rocking Horse sculptor made out of flowers. While we were there they were grooming and watering it. This thing is no Christmas tree but still pretty cool!
Carnegie Deli. Neither Christina or I like pastrami or corned beef so we opted for something else. Leeann had the famous corned beef sandwich and it was HUGE! Even my grilled cheese was huge with 3 slices of bread. The cheesecake looked amazing and of course, huge but we were too full for it this time. . . After our late lunch I had to make my way to the Port Authority to catch my bus home. Leeann and Christina stayed and did the Brooklyn loop on the Grey line so make sure to check out their posts too!
We covered a lot of ground in our 2 days. It was busy and fun with lots of laughs. Great memories were made and I'm so glad I had the chance to play tourist in NYC!