Chris and I just got back from a long weekend trip to New York City. The main purpose of the trip was to go wedding dress shopping with Wendy our future daughter in law. She had scheduled appointments at 3 different bridal stores and had invited me. I know—sweet, right? I was thrilled that it worked out for me to go and loved being a part of her experience. No, we did not find THE dress on this trip probably but she tried on so many beautiful ones. We even went to the famous Kleinfeld’s where they film the show “Say Yes to the Dress”. It was pretty much a zoo in there but a fun experience.
Chris and I took Uber everywhere we went because it was just easier for us than navigating the subway. Going anywhere in NYC by car is an experience. Trust me on this one. We had the gamut of drivers. Really fast drivers to cautious and respectful drivers. I think you can guess which ones I liked the most. Some of their names were difficult to pronounce but they all got us to our destinations (or close to it) in a timely manner. So who drove us?
So if you are ever in NYC and use Uber see if any of these guys are your drivers. 🙂
Other observations after our trip include:
The best bridal shops offer you champagne in a can with a straw.
New Yorkers avoid conversation and eye contact unless you have a dog. Dogs open conversations. Especially adorable dogs like our grand puppy Penny.
The 9/11 Memorial and Museum is very well done. It was the quietest museum I have ever visited.
Food tastes amazing in New York City. It tastes even better when you eat al fresco.
Family time becomes more precious as your children get older. Is that even possible? Yes. It is. When I see my adult sons now I get so nostalgic and sentimental. Add to that the fact that they are both amazing young men and my heart is fuller than full. Add to that the fact that the women in their lives are in a word amazing makes me even happier.
There is so much more to share but that will come over time. I love NYC. I love the energy, the sights, the sounds and that my oldest son calls it home. Every visit makes this small town girl feel just a little bit more comfortable and a little bit more in awe of what there is to offer. Tell me if you have ever visited or lived in NYC –what do you love about it? Remember every comment counts towards our American Diabetes Association.
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I won a trip to NYC at work (well when I say won, I worked my butt off to be the highest producer in the office that year). It was 1987 and the towers were still there. I loved every minute of that weekend. Like you, I am a small town girl and was amazed. I did everything I could in 3 days as it was on the company’s dime and I didn’t know if I would ever get back. I just didn’t sleep much but I could always sleep at home! I will never forget it. I agree, seeing your children as happy young adults is always a blessing. Did you say you went bridal gown shopping in New York?? What fun!!
NYC is magical. While I don’t know how I would actually do if I lived there I do love to visit. Sounds as if your trip was a fabulous event for you! and yes–sleep can always come later. 🙂 Thanks for sharing !
We did go bridal gown shopping! It was fun! But the whole weekend was just amazingly wonderful. I might be getting more used to being in the city!
As a life-long New Yorker, you know I don’t have the same feelings about NYC as you do, but I will say the one thing I miss about it is the Metropolitan Museum of Art – such a great place. Make sure you put it on your bucket list for next visit.
Also, I’m trying to place that corner that Micah and Wendy are walking to. Is that 23rd Street?
And finally, one of the things I loved about coming to Brevard is the fact that people DO look at you, smile at you, and talk to you when you’re walking down the street. Wow! What a pleasant change from NY!
We all see different things, don’t we? We have many things on our bucket list. We gave Micah and Wendy a membership to MOMA last year and they loved it. There is nothing like seeing art in an amazingly beautiful place, is there. We were walking to the little dog park at Madison Square Garden so that pic was taken somewhere along the way. Might have been 23rd—youe eyes are good at spying things!
I’m so glad you had this opportunity to go wedding dress shopping with Wendy. It’s one of those things you will always hold dear.
I traveled to NYC during spring break my junior year of college, which would be in 1977. My aunt, who lived in New Jersey, took me into the city. Here’s what I remember most: all the handsome men in leisure suits walking along Wall Street, nearly being run over by a garment rack in the Garment District because I was gawking at skyscrapers and buying a pretzel from a corner street vendor.
As a small town girl, any major city (yes, even Minneapolis) is out of my comfort zone. So, no, I have zero desire to return to NYC. That said, I am becoming more comfortable with the Twin Cities since my eldest daughter and her family live in a northern burb and we have to drive through either city to get to her home.
I remember you telling me about your trip to NYC. It is eye opening for a small town person but I loved it. So many great things to see and do! Thanks for sharing your experiences.
I spent a week in New York once (mostly on Long Island). The family I stayed with were nice people of course: a four-year-old, and a mother (my teacher’s sister) who’d been told to stay in bed while waiting for the second child to come along, and a father who worked ten or twelve hours a day to pay for the dreary little apartment and problem pregnancy. The best part was going back to Washington with a pocketful of money. Well, and hearing later that the second child was healthy…teacher enjoyed being an aunt.
That sounds like it was a fun time with the end result having some pocket money! And you helped take care of someone who really needed some help which was a good thing. But I doubt you had much time for sightseeing.
NYC is always entertaining. We go there every few years. My younger son had an internship there last spring. My current favorites are walking the Brooklyn Bridge and exploring the foodie lights of the Todd English Food Hall.
I have not walked the Brooklyn Bridge but we were just talking about that when we were there. Seems like a great thing to do but longer than it looks, right?
I’ll be going to NYC for the first time in April. My husband sings in a local choir that will be taking part in a concert at Carnegie(!) so we’re going with the group, but adding on extra days for vacation. No surprise, I’m really looking forward to it! We already have our ticket to see Bette Midler in Hello Dolly! 😀
Oh that sounds amazing! You will have so much fun and going to see a show is the best! We didn’t do that this time but there will be other times to do that. Thanks for sharing all that you did!
Sounds like a fun time!
My senior class went to NYC (a hundred years ago!). We saw the play Promises, Promises, went to Coney Island, couldn’t visit the Statue of Liberty because of weather, did the Empire State Building. That’s been my only experience.
I can understand your comment about family time. I LOVE time spent with Marshall!
Well I doubt it was quite 100 years ago. But I get it! Trust me. You had a jam packed time from the sounds of it. And YES–we love to spend time with our kids.
So happy you had a lovely trip! Had fun following it online.
Thanks Jeni! It really was fun. We had so many adventures.
It is wonderful to be included in a bridal gown purchase. I went to the Memorial and museum. It is a very emotional experience.
Yes—to both! The Memorial was very moving and I have to figure out how to do it justice when I write about it. It may not happen.
I have never been to NYC or NY for that matter. I want to GO! I will have to remember to take my dog with me so that I can meet more people. He is a people dog and our neighborhood’s official greeter.
Please tell your future daughter-in-law to not stress about the dress. Enjoy the process, enjoy the big day and remember that no matter how crazy it gets (the better for future stories to share with their kids) that at the end of the day they will be married and have spent time with their friends and families and ultimately that is all that matters.
The first pic, we’ve been to that exact spot! Thanks for the memories as it’s been 7 yrs or so! 🙂
We ate lunch right there—in fact that Lobster BLT was what I had right there while I took that picture!
I love NYC. We were there in July this year for 10 days. Wonderful but exhausting. What do I love most? The people, Chinatown open air vegetable stands, Little Italy, the Empire State Building, Brooklyn, Lady Liberty, Ellis Island especially. All of it.
It’s hard to pick just a couple of things, right? I love it all as well. Thanks for sharing what you love about it!