A Belated Big Apple Post

Why, hello there! I hope you all had a great holiday and are gearing up for New Year's Eve! I am personally looking forward to the many good things that 2011 will bring!

I am off work this week to enjoy some family time in Pittsburgh with my side of the family and to get some things organized for the upcoming move in a few weeks. When going through some photos, I realized that I never posted about the fall getaway that J and I took to NYC for our second anniversary! This marked our second road trip to the Big Apple in our 2 years of marriage (see the first one here), but we love the city and are always planning our next trip back there.

We were extremely lucky weather-wise. It was in the 50's and 60's for most of the trip- rare in mid-November! We stayed in the northern Times Square area and found it was a great location for us this time.
Crap iPhone pic but you get the idea. 
Our first night in the city, we set out on foot to explore and take in all of the madness that is Times Square before checking out "In the Heights." It was part West Side Story and part Rent (less heavy), and we loved it! Jordin Sparks from American Idol was the female lead, and it was fun to see her perform in person.

We set out early the next day to explore the Upper West Side. In all of the trips I've taken to New York, I hadn't been able to explore this neighborhood much and I really enjoyed it! We started off the morning with brunch at Cafe Lalo (those of you that have seen "You've Got Mail" will remember it as the place where Kathleen waits with the book and the rose for her internet friend to arrive, only to be greeted by mean Joe Fox). It was the cutest little place to spend a Sunday morning and drink a yummy mocha.

Picture Tom Hanks hanging on the fence- "She has to be!!!"

After brunch we took our time walking through the neighborhoods and came across a Crumbs bakery. I had it on my list to try Magnolia, but after hearing so much about Crumbs we had to give it a try. I could not believe my eyes when we saw those huge cupcakes in the case! We each got one to enjoy a little later.

My selection- a coffee toffee concoction!
We hoofed it over to Central Park West, checked out the Dakota and the Strawberry Fields memorial to John Lennon.

The gorgeous weather invited us to take our time in the Park. We walked around for a few hours and ended up in Sheep's Meadow. GORGEOUS Fall day and some great photo opps...

And my favorite shot of the day:

On the way back to our hotel we went to check out West Elm for some goodies for the new house, and accidentally stumbled onto the set of a movie they were filming called "Tower Heist," an action/comedy about some Madoff-type scandal. Ben Stiller was on set filming- it was fun to watch for a few minutes! Here is the only shot I could get:

After a full day we headed back to the hotel to refresh before heading out to see another show. This time we saw Mary Poppins and it was delightful. We got half price tickets at the TKTS booth in Times Square, and it was well worth it. We both liked it much more than we expected! The best part about this night was the phone call I got on the way into the theater letting me know that we had scored two of these tickets for the next day:

YAY! I'm a fan of the show (although I pathetically fall asleep before it's on anymore) and it was such a fun way to spend our actual anniversary! Turns out it was Sweeps Week, so they did a lot to prep the audience to be energetic. We got to see Dave interview Emma Watson (Hermione!), Scott Caan and Rascal Flatts. A great lineup!

We spent the rest of our day shopping on Fifth and wandering around the Upper East Side. I made J take me to the Alice in Wonderland statue so my butt could be in the same spot as R-Patz's butt. See?

Photo found here.

I heart you, Edward! : )

For our anniversary dinner, we booked a reservation at Nougatine at the recommendation of this lovely lady from her trip to NYC and it was fantastic. If I hadn't neglected to bring my camera and appear like a total tourist, I would have photographed our meal to share with you. The best part was the candle-lit molten chocolate cake that the chef brought out for us in honor of our anniversary- a nice touch! I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a great and reasonably priced meal in the city.

We ended the night with a walk down to Rockefeller Center to see the tree. Just a few weeks later and we'd have seen it in all it's glory, but it was still fun to see the work in progress.

So much to do there in so little time. We had to leave the next morning with lots that we didn't have time to do, but can't wait to get back! If you have any tips for our next trip to NYC, please share them with me!

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