Why is New York called the Big Apple? Anyone?
Anyways, so we went to New York for New Years! It was quite an adventure to say the least. We went without a single plan, except that we wanted to see as much of New York as possible on a very limited budget. Hows that for spontaneous?
(FYI: There is going to be ALOT of pictures and ALOT of details so i don't forget everything by next week.)
This was our first time on a plane together ever! And we didn't even get to sit together...But I didn't care cause I was going to New York!
Here's us waiting at the airport to leave on our red eye flight. Oh, I got bangs by the way. This is the last picture of me actually looking semi-decent.
We both had to sit in the middle seat between two people just 3 rows behind each other. Brennon fell asleep in the first hour; me, on the other hand, did not. It was a continuous cycle of close my eyes, try to find a semi-comfortable position, fail miserably. So, I did not sleep from 11-6 in the morning. Good times.
We actually knew someone on the flight, Rustin Reidhead, Brennon's friend and my blog friend Tara's brother. He was a huge help because he's lived in NY for a year or so. He helped us plan our day and led us in the right direction.
We landed around 6:30 and proceeded to layer up. Listen to this. My wardrobe- 2 pairs of thick socks and thick boots, two pairs of thermal pants, sweat pants, and my jeans, thermal top, long sleeved shirt, sweat shirt, puffy jacket, and longer peacoat, scarf, beanie, pair of normal mittens under a pair of leather gloves and Russian hat thing. I felt like a marshmallow. I sort of killed me to think I was in New York, the fashion capital of the U.S., and this is how I looked. But once I stepped outside, I got over it. I was actually super glad I wore all of that cause I was warm basically the whole day, except for my face.
So the first thing we did was walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, per Rustin's referral. And it was pretty amazing. Awesome views of the city.
It started snowing right around 8 AM and our faces felt like they were gonna fall off. Favorite game- I would do something like a little dance and sing "I'm doing a dance on the Brooklyn bridge, I'm doing a dance on the Brooklyn bridge. What are you doing on the Brooklyn bridge?" And then Brennon would do something and so on. It was fun for a few minutes.
Then we headed over to Wall St. and Broadway. We found this awesome church with a big, super old cemetery in the middle.
Saw the New York stock Exchange building..Lots more security then I thought there would be. This is as close as we could get.
I was excited to see Tiffany's. Oh, how I wish I could shop in you, dear Tiffanys.
We saw this awesome building and it ended up being the Museum of American Indian. I guess that works, Brennon IS a little bit Cherokee.
After all that, we headed over to the Staten Island Ferry, which is we were excited to find out is free! So it's amazing how many people are in NY. It's insane.
We tried out the panoramic setting on our Christmas present. The "shmuggy-ness"(thanks Kayla) didn't help.
The views were beautiful but we couldn't go outside cause it was FA-REZZING.
Then we got to Staten Island and had to catch the ferry back and it took forever. I got bored so I made Brennon wear my scarf as a skirt. He thoroughly enjoyed it.
Some views from the boat...
After that we headed over to Central Park. We were greeted by this crazy Asian man dressed as the statue of liberty. Can you say CREEPY?
We walked through the big statue park with all the dead writers, you know, the one on Big Daddy and lots of other movies. It was pretty sweet. We ended up here at the Beth-something fountain.
Saw the huge tree in all it's glory. Very much coldness at this point.
We then followed the massive herds of people trying to get into Times square. So the actually ball dropping takes place on 42nd/43rd St. By 9 PM, the cops were telling people to go to 59th St. to get in. It was pretty insane. They blocked off all roads getting anywhere close to T.S. So we walked and walked and finally got past all the cops. We were excited for a few minutes until we realized this was taking us to a dead end where they just had a TV showing the Times Square action. Lame. And it wasn't even 11 by then. So we were kinda at a loss of what to do.
So after much deliberation and standing in the cold, we decided to just head back to the airport. There was nowhere to go inside and nowhere really to go outside. So we stopped by Magnolia Bakery and got some DELISH hot chocolate and headed to the nearest subway.
Then we had to catch like 17 different trains to get where we needed to go. I actually really like the subways, its cool that you can get wherever in the city in a matter of minutes.
So we spent midnight on the subway. haha I still laugh thinking about it. We were in NEW YORK and we spent midnight in the subway system. It was great though. We were so tired from the day it was nice to just sit and relax for a while. Plus, I was running on about 6 hours of sleep in 24 hours so I was about to crash. We got back to the airport around 1:30 and tried to sleep. We didn't get a hotel cause they were SUPER expensive so we figured we could just sleep in the airport.
Never again shall we do this.
We figured we could find a bench in the warmth of the airport and fall right to sleep. Yeah, there is no benches. And no warmth. So anyways, we tried about 5 different places and got a few hours in there. Caught our flight at 730AM, got to actually sit by each other, and slept almost the whole way home.
Overall, there's a lot we would do different for next time, like, oh I dunno, make a plan. But it was an adventure and really so much fun. New York is my new favorite city. I love the energy, the diversity, the amazing architecture. And the people were so incredibly friendly! We didn't meet one mean or rude person; everyone was so helpful. We think New Yorkers are just misunderstood. Then again, we didn't ride in a taxi.
We also saw Ground Zero somewhere in there, but you couldn't really see much. There's still a long list of places we want to see next time we go like...
1. Empire state building
2. Times Square (sad)
3. 5th Ave- all the shopping!
4. The Met
5. Statue of Liberty-actually take a tour of it
6. Greenwich Village
7. Ice Skate at Central Park or the Rockefeller Center
8. Guggenheim Museum
9. Saturday night live or Dave Letterman show taping
10. Chrysler building
So, we heart New York and had a fabulous trip. We were talking about it last night and realized that we slept in about 7 places in New York. The subways, the air-tran, a table at the Rockefeller center, and about 4 places in the airport. ha, good times.
Hope your New Years was wonderful!