NYC, day 1

Staten Island FerryIt was no longer raining by morning, but it was still rather moist, and the clouds looked foreboding. We hustled over to the St. George dock where the drug dog sniffed our bags. Luckily he was not trained for peanut butter crackers and beef jerky, or we would have been detained.

Sailing Past Lady Liberty

docking at Whitehall

The first order of business was to get lost, but we seem to have failed that test… probably because the subway station was so hard to miss. We did have a bit of trouble getting our tickets since you can’t use a credit card to purchase more than 2 tickets  per day. You need cash to get around in NYC.

And I just realized that I spent 3 days riding the subway in New York City and totally failed to get a picture of it! Scrapbooker FAIL.  I’m not sure which is worse — that I didn’t take a picture on (or of) the subway, or that it took me an entire 2 weeks to realize it.

Anyhoo, off to Times Square we went.  (click on photo to embiggen)

Hello, George Stephanopoulos!

making decisions in Times Square

Now we needed to get tickets to a show… but which show?

I'd like it, but it was too girl-oriented for my family

West Side Story (our original choice) was completely sold out. Do not hope to get half-price tickets for certain shows during Spring Break. It probably won’t happen. The USO had a list of shows and we thought we had a deal on some  of them, which led to a lot of fruitless searching, only to end up empty-handed. We only had 2 time slots available to actually see a show, and not all shows were family-friendly or in our price range.

FINALLY!! We were able to purchase 6 tickets to see POTO. It wasn’t as exciting as WSS would have been, mostly because some of us practically have the movie version memorized (that would be MusicMan and myself) … and also because the only tickets we could get were for “standing at the rail.”  That means you stand at the rail behind the last row of seats — not ideal if you are 10 years old, even if you are tall for your age, but we made the best of it.  And they were cheap — very important when you are buying 6 tickets at a time.

Showtime at 2pm, but it was still morning.

So! It was off for a stroll through Hell’s Kitchen.

This would have made a greater impression if we had been able to get tickets to West Side Story.  SuperDad told the boys the history of the area and the name.  We did not witness any grisly murders, although I did begin a love affair with fire escapes.

We arrived at the Hudson River and took in this sight:

My grandfather served on this aircraft carrier in WWII.

But after a while the boys got squirrel-y so I took the requisite lamp post shot and we headed back.

We walked back through Hell’s Kitchen on our way to get lunch and see our show.  This tree made me think of the tenacity of the people who have lived in this neighborhood for many years.

click to enlarge photos

And a few tenacious birds.

More fire escapes, plenty of interesting ironwork and bricks, an old church…

…and something that immediately made me think of Aunt Snow (formerly g):


After seeing POTO —–>

which was awesome, even though we did have to stand at the rail for the entire show (oh, my aching feet),we headed back over to Times Square.

Look who we saw…

Then we saw someone who wore a few more clothes…

Hmmm…. disco balls make me think about the ball that drops at midnight at Times Square…

But it was really so fun to photograph that I have a whole series of pics to share… some other time…

Let’s head back outside…

Columbus Circle and Central Park

Central Park

I couldn’t remember why I had put FAO Schwarz on the list of things to see and do (some of you may remember that I made that list over a year ago)… until we went inside…

inside FAO Schwarz

About the time your 18yo acts like a Wookie, you should probably think about getting some supper and heading back to your pillow.

Good night, New York!


I got up at 3:15 am to take Music Man to the airport, so I am as foggy in the brain now as the world outside was at dawn today. Still, I was determined to get this post written!

Tomorrow is a busy one, but I will get NYC, Days 2 & 3 written when I can find the time.


13 responses to “NYC, day 1

  1. You are really making me want to go!

  2. Wow. This is totally the way to see New York … via your post. 😀

    Thanks so much for sharing the photos and the details.

  3. Oh my what a tour of NYC. I was there and was just in awe back in the early 90’s. That’s the last time I’ve been there. My niece works for VHI now and lives back there and loves it. I would love to see POTO. Any one of those plays on Broadway would be exciting to see. I’ve seen that guy that plays that guitar on TV or the internet someplace. He is real LOL And Hell’s Kitchen…WOOT!! It is real. What a fantastic trip and the photos (I love the blue M&M) are just tremendous. Thanks for taking us on your trip with you. Excellent 🙂

  4. Like Thom I was in NYC in the early 90s – it was a lot grittier then! Or so I believe.
    Great fun to see the city through your eyes and also love the sunset photos!

  5. That was all in one day??? Wow. And you stood through Phantom? Wow again. But I can’t even imagine having to buy six tickets to a movie – let alone a show.

    Great photos.

  6. Great pics! Great trip!

    Wait, you didn’t make it to Ithica??? 🙂

    PB crackers and beef jerky, LOL!

  7. WOW! You got a LOT more out of a day in the city than I did! Well… I really only had about 6 hours… certainly not enough time to run down theater tickets AND stand behind the rail for a few hours! I DID ride that ferry though! There was not a lot going on in Times Square when I was there — I was really disappointed! I never even HEARD of the Naked Cowboy… but I guess YOU have! 🙂 FAO Schwarz is definitely on my list for the NEXT time I hit that city! I can’t wait to see what ELSE you got up to!

  8. I am so jealous! I wish I had been with you. I have never been to NYC. I have, however, visited a couple of FAO Schwartz stores and they are a site and a sight to see!

  9. Oh what a wonderful post. Great photos, fun journalism, fine history and personal connections. It sounds and looks like you had a great time!

  10. Great to see the sights through your eyes. Probably a place I will never go to, but I love seeing it with your pics.

  11. what a fantastic trip! and your entire family is braver than i standing through the phantom…my all time FAVORITE show…Ever.

  12. Wow, this makes me really wish we could go this summer! But I am having a hard time finding a reasonably priced hotel that has amenities we need… a small kitchen for Emma’s food. I was in NYC for Chrismas about11 years ago with friends and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Great pictures!

  13. I went here for spring break this year too! It was a band trip, we performed on the deck of the Intrepid, though nobody was there to listen. Played with that keyboard at FAO too, but your children appear to be enjoying it more than I did :O