Thursday, May 07, 2009

The Bronx is Up

I have dreamed about going to New York since I was old enough to compose my first Tony/Emmy/Oscar acceptance speech. I planned to live in SoHo, work on Broadway, and shop on Madison. When Hubby and I married all those years ago, he promised me a trip to New York City as my wedding gift.

It only took 11 years but Hubby finally took me to New York. Of course, he didn’t go with me but he is keen to point out that since he set forth a generous budget it should still count. That is how I found myself on the direct Toronto to Cairo flight via New York and Dubai.

My hotel was located in the heart of Times Square which may seem touristy but was perfectly situated for the site-seeing, shopping, and theatre-going I had in mind. One of the first things New Yorkers warned me of when they heard where I was staying was to avoid eating anywhere near Times Square since the prices would be double what could be found only a handful of blocks away. I heeded this fine piece of advice and soon found myself enjoying an amazingly yummy cup of Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3. Yes, it was still touristy and probably over-priced but it was worth every penny!

I received lots of great money saving tips from locals during my trip. Suggestions like taking the free Staten Island Ferry to float past the Statue of Liberty saved me about $20 and an hour of standing in the rain. The oft-heard suggestion from the guides on the Grey Line to avoid the Empire State Building and head for Top of the Rock instead sounded less and less sincere each subsequent telling, however.

Speaking of rain, it rained virtually every moment I was in New York and since I’m the world’s most stubborn blogger, I refused to buy an umbrella during my first day in the city. “I don’t melt!” I would laugh to the vendors. Five hours and countless miles of walking later, I sloshed into my hotel room and realized why I was on the receiving end of such pitying looks. To say I looked like a drowned rat was an insult to drowned rats (needless to say, I broke down and bought an umbrella the next day).

The great thing about New York is that in just a handful of days I was able to dine at a four star restaurant, take in a Broadway play, buy yarn at a knitting landmark, and still have time left over to do some damage to my credit cards. And in those stores where I couldn’t afford to shop, I took photos of things I would have bought!

Stay tuned over the next few days as I gush about the fabulous meal I enjoyed on Monday night, the amazing musical I took in on Wednesday night, and how I spent the various hours in between.

13 comments:

Brenda said...

This American bows her head in shame at the fact that she has never visited NYC. But I really want to!

Bluefish said...

I love Ne York! When I was a kid I'd go there every year with my family! I really feel "at home" when I'm in New York.

the ungourmet said...

My husband's parents took an East Coast trip recently and they loved New York!

LadyFi said...

Ah, New York! I went there once - ages ago - but didn't meet that delicious man in only his underpants!

Who is he? What's his story?

Anonymous said...

And what did/does the umbrella look like? Did it return to Cairo with you? :)
merthyrmum

Kathy B! said...

I have never been to NYC and the image of the guitar playing, underwear-clad cowboy seals the deal! I am ready to go :)

Corinne said...

I agree with everyone above. Who needs a Naked Chef when you can have a Naked Guitar Playing Cowboy? Some girlfriends and I took a long layover in NYC on our way to Egypt. We walked the whole of Manhattan (felt like) in 36 hours. We ate at Perilla, the restaurant owned by the first Top Chef winner...Yum!!!

Betty said...

My daughter was there for New Year´s Eve and she paid $10 for a slice of pizza! So, you did good not buying right at Times square! :)
I would love to see New York someday too,but will love reading about it here first!

Sturgmom said...

I would LOVE to go to NYC someday, even if the only thing I get to do is see a Broadway show. If you tell me you saw Wicked, however, I may never be able to read your blog again for I'll never see anything but GREEN from envy!

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

We did our New York trip tow years ago and are dying to go back. Loved every minute.

We did Top of the Rock instead of Empire and it was fantastic. Lots of great shots.

Debbie said...

How fun! I am so happy for you that you got to have your trip.

Roxane said...

I can't believe you were in NYC! That's Mr.H and I's favorite day trip (he was born and raised there so he knows where to go and what to do!). Looks like you had a great trip :)

Nicole said...

That picture of the guitar guy is priceless :D

And I am glad you had such a wonderful time(even though I read the posts backwards ;) )