Monday, December 12, 2011

New York

The only item I vetoed on my list was going to Times Square to watch the ball drop on NYE. I am not a big fan of crowds or cities. I probably would have accepted it had we not went to New York during our very first trip to The Institutes in December of '09. I don't think I ever posted the pictures and wasn't going to now, until I realized we were there at this exact time 2 years ago. All of the Christmas decorations were up and it was beautiful.

We had just finished our five day course in PA and had the weekend to spend before my aunt and uncle were flying in with Aviana for her upcoming two day evaluation.

We decided to take a train from Philadelphia. It was going to be a whirlwind trip, as we only had 24 hours to spend there. We made the most of that 24 hours and went all over the place. The pictures below don't even capture all the places we went. That night we went out in the Meatpacking District (gag at the name and meaning of the name) and the next day we went to Madison Square Garden, Central Park and more.

The only thing I had to see while there was Ground Zero. It was surreal. We stayed at a hotel right there. After seeing it on TV for so many years, I could not believe we were actually standing on those grounds.

Like I said, I'm not really a city girl, but oh my gosh did I love New York. I loved the buildings, but beyond that ~ I instantly fell in love with the people! I love me a straight shooter. Every single person we ran into was so helpful, nice and proud of their city!

I loved that store!

That's my hu-band!

The biggest string of lights I had ever seen!

This picture was one of my very favorites!

When we turned this corner, it started snowing. It was truly amazing!

Warmed my music loving heart!

Who is that puppy in the window?

We almost came home with a puppy named Brooklyn. 

That reflection...makes me crazy!

Sushi. I love sushi. 

Said like Cyndi Lauper.

I don't remember what he was doing or saying, but remember laughing uncontrollably. Funny how I have no idea the context, but this picture makes me laugh for some unknown reason.

There he is the North Face jacket. My hu-band!

Bye bye New York...I loved you, but don't believe I will ever see you again, even on New Year's Eve.


  1. Love your pictures! And love Blue Fin. I used to work in New York, and my office was right near there. SUCH good food. It's making me hungry to think about.
    And who knows - you may go back to NY someday! But I agree - probably not on NYE. Such a madhouse on NYE!

  2. Your pictures are beautiful!We are going to spend Christmas this year in NYC. I'm getting excited to go looking at all your pictures. Does anyone have any other recomendations for restaurants in NYC?

  3. Loved your pictures! I've only been there once, but for a California small town girl, it's really amazing, unforgettable experience. You're young...keep it on your just never know!


  4. I would veteo that as well, not really a city person anyway but just sounds awful. Gald you had such an awesome trip and enjoyed it.

  5. I've only been to New York once. I was the typical tourist with my mouth wide open, not believing how TALL all the buildings were. In one way though I sort of felt like I had been there before because I'd seen so many of these famous places in movies.

    I saw Ground Zero, they were still cleaning up, this was before the memorial, and the magnitude of it all was hard to grasp.

    I've lived 2 hours from New Orleans my whole life but would never go near there around Mardi Gras. There's crazy and then there's that kind of crazy, if you know what I mean. I imagine New York City would be that kind of crazy on New Years' Eve.

  6. i LOVE nyc......not as much as MY city by the bay....but a close second

    there's so much to do there and so many thngs to see

    my fav place in nyc is the top of the empire state building.....u know AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER * SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE......and OF COURSE (breakfast at) TIFFANY's :)

    but i agree -- no on nye!