The Big Apple and the Winter Wallop | NYC in December 2009

We visited NYC for approximately 36 hours, but still managed to sleep there for two nights. The city was a whirlwind, but it really did seem almost magical at Christmastime. I’ve never felt another place so intensely Christmasey. I mean, it almost makes a girl believe in Santa Clause.

Jordan’s sister, Leah, met us in DC and joined us for the trip. The trip to NYC went smoothly. Once there, it was frigid, but then the snow fell. Central Park was beautifully dusted with snow. And then the snow kept falling. And falling. And falling. And then they called in the winter wallop. And our bus home was canceled. That’d be fine if the hotels weren’t so expensive in Manhattan. We finally weaseled our way onto another bus and made it back to DC really late into the night. Knowing what I know now about the weather, I still wouldn’t change a thing. 🙂 Except for maybe seeing a different show….haha. More on that in a bit.

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We checked into the Gershwin Hotel in Midtown. Nice place, really. We loved everything except that the hot water was a little touchy.

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We immediately got to work looking at Christmas lights and window displays.

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We also sought out some nourishment along the way.

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We caught a Cirque du Soleil Winter-themed show. It was…trippy…weird…maybe meant for children only? We still had a good time, but definitely would have splurged for something else had we known.

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After the show, we made a stop for some New York style cheesecake and went out for a drink.

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These two are the cutest brother-sister pair known to man.

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The next day was spent wandering in Central Park, getting lost in Christmas markets, and visiting Grand Central Station, its markets, and a museum. There was also a bagel or two and diner coffee involved. We decided to hit up one museum, but limit ourselves to just the one. We opted for the Natural History Museum because even though we’re adults, we simply couldn’t resist the idea of huge dinosaur skeletons and enormous whale replicas.We loved the origami animal Christmas tree.

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We had our first ever cannoli (that’s already plural!). Delicious.

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The night’s Little Italy trip was delightful. The pizza at Lombardi’s didn’t disappoint. Maybe it was the snow falling down outside the window, the fact that it was our first time in NYC, or the fact that we were reunited with Leah. Or maybe the savoir-faire of the pizza makers…but it was delicious. Awesome meal.

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The next day was mostly breakfast, trying to catch our bus, realizing it was canceled, finding a new one, and eating at an overpriced diner near Madison Square Gardens.

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When it’s your first time in NYC and you’ve only got 36 hours, time flies. We’ve got to go back. It was overwhelming, crazy cold, and everything we thought it would be.