New York City

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My gracious parents gifted us with a trip to New York City for Christmas!  Now that we are older and in no real need of “things”, we decided to start doing an annual event or trip tradition. (Which I love and am so excited about!)

It was in the teens to low 30’s the whole time we were there and we braved the cold to see so much in 3 1/2 days! We stayed at the Mariott in Times Square, it was awesome watching them set up for Super Bowl from our 25th floor view.

View of Times Square setting up for Super Bowl

My mom made a killer itinerary, first breakfast up:  Doughnut Plant.

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I highly recommend going here; the coconut cream doughnut was to die for, and the disco bathroom is awesome.

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The ferry ride was one of my favorite parts of the trip.  We had a great guide, and even cold and grey, seeing the city from the water was awesome.

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My Mom’s company is based in New York, and she was so excited for us to meet her friend Brad who has lived in the city for a long time.  We met him and his neighbor at Arriba Arriba, where the food and margaritas were fresh, authentic and oh so tasty.

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My very favorite part of the trip was next at Don’t Tell Mama, a piano and cabaret show.  The piano player, singer, comedian William TN Hall was hilariously entertaining, and the staff (and most of the guests) had beautiful broadway voices, with fun crowd interaction. Brad definitely hooked us up with a table reserved right next to the piano, and we were treated to a most fabulous NYC night.

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On Monday we took a bus tour where we saw Naked Cowboy dancing and singing in freezing temps! Definitely wasn’t expecting that, so glad I had my camera ready!

NYC Bus Tour

For lunch we went to Shake Shack in Madison Square Park to meet Rockett’s groomsmen Abel! I got a handstand pic in while we waited, and had one of the best burgers I have ever had.

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Next up: Ground Zero.  It was a sad and  beautiful memorial.

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Then to more fun areas like Rockefeller center and the Lego store!

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Newsies BroadwayTuesday was our last day and our first time to ride the subway!  Of course I got separated from the group while videoing a saxophonist, it made me definitely understand why parents put kids on leashes 🙂 lol. We went to Grand Central Station, the Apple Store, Plaza Hotel, and B&H photo (which was an amazing experience).

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We had an amazing time and feel so blessed to have such amazing experiences with our family.  Thanks Mom and Dad!

New York City Trip Review