Thursday, June 3, 2010

day 3

On day 3, we had originally planned on getting up bright and early and going down to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. But the weather was bad that morning and we were TIRED. So we decided to derail the plans and just enjoy a day in lower Manhattan. We kicked things off at Starbucks on lower Broadway (gotta have my coffee) and walked over to Bowling Green Park to see the Charging Bull.

After a few pictures around the park, we wandered over to Battery Park to get a closer look at the Statue of Liberty and the Sphere.

Next, we hobbled (by this point, yes, we were hobbling--we walked nearly 100 blocks in two days!) back up to Ground Zero. I wanted to show Joey the inside of St. Paul's Chapel, which we were not able to get into the night before.

I was in New York in 2000, 2002, and 2004. In 2000, I went to the top of the World Trade Center. In 2002, I was at Ground Zero when there were still memorials on the ground and flowers on the fence of St. Paul's Chapel. When we went back in 2004, I knew they had moved many of the memorials inside of St. Paul's and I wanted to see if they were still there. Luckily, they were and Joey got to see them for himself. I don't care how many times you've been down there, it still gets emotional.

After spending some time in St. Paul's, we walked (again) over to South Street Seaport to get some pictures of the Brooklyn Bridge.

We contemplating taking a cab up to our next stop (Chinatown and Little Italy), but I really wanted Joey to see everything. So, on foot again, we made our way up through Tribeca and into Chinatown. Honestly? I hate Chinatown. It drives me crazy and the only real reason I wanted to go was to buy a fake purse. Which I did. :) So we didn't stay long or take many pictures. By the time we got to Little Italy, we were beat and starving. So we enjoyed a nice, long lunch at a place called Sofia's.

When lunch was over, we walked the streets of Little Italy for a while until it was time to go back to the hotel. Another quick nap and clothes change later, we headed out to the Empire Hotel for a couple of drinks at their rooftop bar.

Then? It was time for dinner. We met friends of ours at Bobby Flay's restaurant, Bar Americain. Talk about a meal. Our friends ordered "The Selection" for an appetizer: a two-tiered raw bar with clams, oysters, mussels, crawfish, crab, shrimp, and scallops. Amazing. Our meals? Joey had the Philadelphia strip steak covered in carmelized onions and a provolone cheese sauce with sweet potatoes. I had the red snapper (Florida style) with an avocado relish and sauteed spinach. To say it was amazing is an understatement.

After dinner, I was exhausted. But our friends wanted to keep going. So we ended up at The Carnegie Club. Talk about a trip back in time. Everyone was dressed so elegantly. There was an 11-piece orchestra and a man singing (well!) Frank Sinatra songs. John Malkovich was there, and so was Big Pussy from the Sopranos. The old soul in me LOVED it. On top of this, our friend convinced Joey to drink scotch and smoke a cigar. And Joey did it!

It was a late night, but it was worth it. We had a great time and I knew we would be paying for it the next morning . . .

21 comments:

Rach said...

What a fun day. You have really been able to pack a lot of great sites into one trip!! I'll have to follow your trip agenda if I ever go to NY.

A said...

I cannot believe all the awesome things you did on your trip! WOW!!! I am so impressed. How long did it take you to plan this?! Can't wait for the next post!

Basic Girl said...

You seriously covered a lot of ground!! These pics are awesome, and I literally have the same one of my hubs with that bull. What is with guys loving that bull, hah!! Dinner looks and sounds amazing, such a fun day!

Jin said...

So fun!

I think I really need to raid your closet :)

Rebecca said...

Sounds like so much fun! I can't believe how much you've managed to pack into these days!

Jessica said...

Looks like you had a blast!!

Astrid said...

oh my gosh, you know how to vacation! What a blast. Thanks for sharing. You are so adorable! I've only been to NY once but I remember all the walking! I never felt like I needed a workout while I was there. Glad you enjoyed it to the fullest!

Kandid Kelli said...

What a trip!! You guys really lived it up!! Love your dresses btw! So cute!

xo
-K

Marla.z said...

I am just loving reading about your trip!

Crossed Fingers said...

Wow!!! Sounds like you guys really had an amazing trip. I am loving reading all your stories and seeing pictures!

Secret Sloper said...

Good job you guys! What a fun day. Oh, and when you were at the Bull and Battery Park you were right across the street from Lawyer Guy's office! Too bad you couldn't walk over the Brooklyn Bridge and come see me sitting in my apartment in my pjs trying to get work done :)

Nixy said...

wow, what a great vacation! And your pictures turned out awesome!

Arlyne said...

Sounds like every day was fantastic! I love Bobby Flay's but have only been to Mesa grill both in the bahamas & in Manhattan. we'll have to try Bar Americain!

Stefanie Blakely said...

I love these posts-- you look so beautiful and you guys must have had an amazing time!!!

MrsShoffernan said...

I love your pictures! I have yet to be in New York for more than a day so this is really cool for me to see. I have never seen The Sphere in pictures at all, anywhere, so that's pretty awesome!

Also, you know I want to see what kind of purse you bought!

I'm glad you and your hubby got out of town and I hope your feet are recovered from all the walking!

Elizabeth said...

I'm so glad that you did so much on your trip! Amazing evening #3! Super jealous!!

JC said...

Wow, another awesome day!! =)

Pre-Heated Oven said...

Your whole trip sounds wonderful, Katie! I'm so jealous. I've never been to NYC and have always wanted to.
All the great food you've been eating sounds AMAZING too!

S.I.F. said...

I got choked up just looking at your pictures of ground zero. I'm sure I would just lose it actually being there! So moving...

Conceptionally Challenged said...

Wow, your trip is packed with experiences. I've never been to New York. It does sound amazing.

Waiting Lisa said...

What a great trip. Thank you for sharing so many great pictures!