We pick up the story of our NYC adventure just as we're leaving Central Park and heading to The World's Most Crowded Greatest Toy Store. As if the wall-to-wall people all day weren't enough of an indication,
having to wait in line to go into FAO Schwarz was a sure sign that it's
Christmas in NYC. At least the line moved quickly. Our first stop
once inside was another line...for: the Big Piano.
Aren't these girls too cute?
Oops, I mean these girls!
Ebby was disappointed to find that the $25k Barbie foos ball table was gone, so the girls had to make new friends...
When we hit the streets again after FAO, it was dark and Ebby was
beginning to realize that her friend's boots, while cute, make not have
been the best selection for footwear for a day a walking in NYC. No
matter, we persevered onto Dylan's Candy Bar.
So many mouth-watering treats...
This display from the rainbow bulk candy wall was my favorite:
Purchases were made by all here, including me who got something for Ebby's stocking ~ right under her nose. So sneaky!
A stop across the street at Bloomingdale's meant a quick cruise
through Magnolia (to check the scenery, no cupcakes this time) for me...
Meanwhile the girls went to find somewhere to sit
down for 10 minutes. #seriously.
Re-energized, it was time to head back downtown--on foot. Love how
the city transforms at night...and I love that woman's leopard print
coat. So New York.
Our final desitination of the day: Times Square.
Our first stop in Times Square was Jamba Juice. What can I say, we
were thirsty. Out in the heart of Times Square, it was people aplenty.
For the record, I cannot imagine being here
for New Year's Eve. Actually, I can imagine it and it involves an
astronaut diaper, aching feet & neck, and general sensory overload.
We looked up, we saw the Centennial ball for this year. I'm good.
I'll watch the rest from my couch.
Times Square is an experience for sure.
The girls shopped (and sat) at Forever 21
Saw the ferris wheel at Toys R Us
And took in the, um, unique atmosphere...Kids, stay in school and don't become this guy:
Finally, around 7:30, we emerged and made the final 6 block push back
to 34th St. to the bus stop. It seems however that the crowd and the
giant strawberry-banana-orange Jamba Juice did not agree with Ebby. We
had to make a pit stop at Duane Reade for Pepto Bismol tablets, gum,
and water. For a few minutes it looked like Ebby might hurl
right there on the streets on Manhattan. Luckily, a. I brought a
doggie (poop) bag to use as a puke bag on the bus, just in case and b.
she didn't hurl after all. By a little after 8pm we were gathered at
the Bolt Bus stop next to the Tick Tock Diner awaiting our chariot home.
was a adventure-filled whirlwind of a day for sure. It's always fun seeing
NYC dressed up for the holidays. On our next trip though we might skip
Midtown altogether. Chelsea, SoHo, TriBeCa, the East Village and beyond are
calling my name. I'm going to see what I can do about answering come
A December Saturday in NYC with 3 teenage girls? When you've got
a persuasive daughter, an affinity for the Big Apple, and round trip
bus tickets from Boston for only $32, the answer is yes.
Here's a quick peek at our timeline:
Leave the house at 6:15am
Leave South Station, Boston on the 7:30am Bolt Bus
Arrive NYC (34th & 8th, near Macy's) at 11:10 ~ 35 minutes ahead of schedule!
Walk the streets of Midtown Manhattan: 11:15am to 8pm
Leave NYC on the 8:30pm Bolt Bus
Arrive South Station at 12:45am (exactly on schedule, with a rest stop)
Arrive home at 1:30am
With a loosely planned agenda, we were able to cover a lot of ground in not a lot of time. Our stops...
1D World near Madison Square Garden
Pretty much a supersized concert souvenir stand selling all things
One Direction. The girls are big fans so it was a must see. They added
their grafitti to the walls but didn't make any purchases.
The line for Santa was way too long but Mrs. Claus was just hanging out by some better sportswear.
We looked, but didn't touch, the dresses in the Bridal Salon.
Ebby had done some research online and picked our lunch spot: LT Burger at Bryant Park. On the way we checked out the ice skaters and the carousel.
We got off to a rough start with the service at LT Burger (waitress
mix-up meant it took 15 minutes for someone to take our order), but the
food was delicious.
We all had The Standard burger, fries and a shake. $22 per person with the tip, btw.
After lunch we walked by the lions in front of the NY Public Library and up 5th Avenue to Rockefeller Center.
Last year when I came with Ebby it was too early for the tree to be
fully decorated so this was her first time seeing it. All the girls
were pretty impressed. I think.
Next up was my one requested stop for the day: Anthropologie at
Rockefeller Center. I admired the windows and was duly impressed with
the creativity and detail but they weren't my favorite.
Maybe it's because I'm jaded spoiled by the real Winter Wonderland animals we have in our backyard...
I found the interior displays to be more to my liking...
I thought this book page chevron wall was very clever:
Inside of Anthro I did see what turned out to be my favorite display
of the day ~ something so cool it deserves a separate post. Hint: book
Onward up 5th Avenue we admired more windows and storefronts and general festive atmosphere.
I gazed longingly at Henri Bendel as we walked past. I did take in
the windows at Bergdorf, but again, I liked them but didn't love
them--though I'm sure my boys woudld've loved the dog circus themed
Our next stop was the Plaza Hotel. The girls were
particularlyenchanted by the sight of Afternoon Tea at the Palm Court.
At $50-$60 per person that wasn't happening (this time), but we kept it
classy by posing by the lobby Christmas tree instead.
Luckily you can get less expensive fare in the basement
concourse level of the Plaza at the Plaza Food Hall. It was my first
visit here and except for the shortage of women's restrooms, it was a
thumbs up. We wandered around to get the lay of the land and ended up
at the Billy's Bakery outpost.
I've read good things about their cupcakes so when presented with the
opportunity to sample, how could I resist?? For whatever reason, I
overthought my flavor selection. I should've gone with something
classic like Vanilla or Red Velvet, instead I got Banana Nutella. Don't
get me wrong, it was good, but too banana bread-y for my taste. Oh
well, I'll try again next time. Such a burden!
On the way to find a seat, this sign caught my eye at Three Tarts.
They had a variety of flavored handcrafted marshmallows. Making
marshmallows has been on my list for years, but it has yet to happen.
For $1, I figured I'd see what the fuss was about. I chose a raspberry
marshmallow. It was light & airy, with good raspberry taste. It
would've made a yummy s'more...
Before it got dark, we finished up at the Plaza and headed across the
street to Central Park for photos and a brief bit of exploration. Ah,
After our stop in Central Park, it was around 4pm-- a little more
than halfway through our day in the city! This seems like a good spot
to take a break the retelling of our adventure. Stop by tomorrow for
Part 2 which includes hotspots such as FAO Schwartz and Times Square!