Wednesday, January 6, 2010

NYC at Christmastime

We spent some time in the Northeast after Christmas this year visiting family, friends and enjoying the sights and sounds of the City. It was a great time, especially getting all the little cousins together.

We stayed at a Homewood Suites in Princeton. Always an exceptional value for the area.  We met the extended family for dinner in a private room at Arthur's Steakhouse & Pub in North Brunswick. Monday was our NYC day, taking Suburban Transit from the East Brunswick towers' garage or Neilson Plaza into Port Authority. Can you say easy and cheap?  $4 to park sure beats city garage prices.

We did a lot of walking. Soaked in Times Square first and last.

Marveled at Toys R Us Times Square, buying a Yankees tee for my boy and a Hello Kitty in a NYC taxi tee for my girl and checking out all of the amazing Logo models.

Checked out all 9 floors of Macy's Herald Square.

Ate some dirty water dogs and pretzels while checking out the holiday window displays at Macy's, Lord & Taylor and then Saks.

Our main destination of course was to see "that big tree". We walked up 5th Ave until we got to Rockefeller Center.  It was certainly a jam of people. It was amazing and well worth it.

Walked through the NBC experience store and then realized we were getting hungry, as was everyone else in the area!  We walked around the corner to see Radio City since we had taken the kids to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular touring show at JPJ Arena, they knew what it looked like. We then headed into Saint Patrick's Cathedral. We were a few minutes early for the 5:30 Mass for Feast of the Holy Innocents or Childermas.  I was in awe as always at the architecture and the solemnity in the midst of the chaos of the masses of tourists walked through, us included this time.

My son decided he needed a toilet after we were in there for awhile so off he and I went in search of one. As fortune had it, we were led to Olympic Tower, the Onassis building, which was the ultimate find for more than one reason. We wound up going back to get the rest of our group and ate at the Atrium Cafe. I had a Mythos and Moussaka. Both very good. I'm there again next time I'm in the area and need to start trying new recipes. 

Our walk back down 7th was quicker than I thought it would be. As we turned the corner on 42nd St nearing the Port Authority terminal on 8th, I took my gulp of Manhattan air. Until we meet again. 


Janet said...

Sounds like a super trip! Lots of sights to take in.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

I like to visit New York. "That Big Tree" looks great! You managed to see a lot! Happy and healthy 2010 to you and your family!

Jan (Thanks For Today) said...

We may have passed each other on the streets of NYC, for we went there over the break, as well;-) We have relatives all over the north east, too! PA, DE, NY, ME, OH (I guess that's considered midwest?). How close are you to northern Virginia?