Friday, January 9, 2009

New York City you're dynamite, you're peaches and cream.

...try your luck there kid, New York City!

(from Arthur, the best show in the whole world.)

My trip was FANTASTIC! I realize it's impossible to experience New York fully in a MONTH, let alone a weekend, but it was absolutely amazing nonetheless. I lost my wallet at one point, but our hotel found it. [phew!] So you know, this post is absolutely picture obese, so I made the pictures a little smaller.

By the way, if you ever go to New York in the winter, make SURE you have a black peacoat/trench coat. It's practically a uniform there, and you knew right away when someone was a tourist because they were in bright colors. All New Yorkers also all wear really cool scarfs. I'm making a note for next time.

Description: It took about 6.5 hours and was very long and boring--until we got to NYC! First we saw the Newark, NJ skyline and thought it was NYC, and it was SO SMALL. We were very disappointed until we saw the real thing!!

Part Deux: THE HOTEL
Description: We stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Battery Park!! It was absolutely fantastic, and, as you'll see later, the customer service is phenomenal! :]

Description: We took the subway up to Uptown Manhattan with the original intent to go to the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) since it was free-entrance night. However, when we arrived the line was the longest thing I've ever seen! It was completely wrapped around TWO NEW YORK BLOCKS! There must have been 5000 people there, probably more. It was NUTS. So we went to Rockefeller Center and went shopping, and came back to the MOMA later.
Oh, and by the way, Anthropologie has got to be the coolest store ever. I had never been in it before, and boy was it amazing! I almost got a beautiful navy coat there, but unfortunately it was one size too small. =[

Description: This is a pretty unnecessary section, cause Times Square is basically IN Upper Manhattan. There's just one really cool picture I want to show you. I realize it's extremely blurry, but IT'S THE WALL KENLEY TOOK A PICTURE OF FOR PROJECT RUNWAY!!! It was pretty exciting to see it. Sad thing is, I don't remember at all what Kenley's outfit/dress looked like that was supposed to be based on it. =/

Description: We woke up really early because the lines get SO LONG later in the day. After going through immense security, we took a ferry first to Liberty Island, and then Ellis Island. :]

Description: The Ritz gave us a completely free lunch at the Ritz Café just because it was my birthday! And this wasn't just any café. Have you guys seen Top Chef? This was exactly like Top Chef. You should've seen my cousin's crab cake--it was like a work of art! All the entrees were like $30 and we all got a free appetizer and entree! Yum. They even brought me dessert at the end! (we shared though, I didn't eat ALL of it!)

Description: Such cute shops! Some things were very strange, but everything was so interesting and different. Note: no pictures from Little Italy. Though it was quaint, nothing was aesthetically interesting enough to warrant a blog picture.

Overall, it was the best trip of my life!
See, I was starting to feel kind of guilty when people would ask me "omgzzz what are you doing for your sweet 16?!?!?!" and I would always just say "Oh, nothing. I'm not really a party person." Well, let me tell ya, this was SO MUCH BETTER.


Demi said...

wow, looks like you had an amazing time! I am very jealous, wish I was doing that for my sweet sixteen!
happy birthday by the way!

copperoranges said...

you look like you had so much fun!
i had my first nyc experience last summer and i was just as starry eyed as you!

sammi-lise ^_^ said...

mmmmm looks like fun, and all that yummy food!

yea, i am not much of a party person either, which is why i don't want a sweet 16 this year. just a laptop of my own :)

but yea, those black peacoats were everywhere! it was so scary! thankfully i had a gray-black bomber on, so i sorta blended in. :)

glad you had fun darling. oh, now that i think of it, we could've met up! ha ha...i guess it is too late now.

sammi-lise ^_^ said...

oh, and arthur is the BEST show ever!
i still watch it.

and i love the crown city episode :)

Demi said...

thank you :)
and yes, i definitely recommend it, its such a beautiful song!

Belle said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun! I have never been, but I have always wanted to go! Love love love top chef! I watch it all the time.

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diaaana said...

Oh my gosh that was such a sweet present from your parents ! Especially the note in the last post ... "Dear Sophie , PACK!"

hahaha thats so sweet! Your trip looked soooo much fun , I am SO jealous! I went to ny this summer but NY during the winter is way different forsure :)
especially the LIGHTS it just makes more sense in the cold :)
happy birthday!? is it your sweet 16?

La Mode is Rad! said...

The photos are so fun!
Great Great post!

Wendiva said...

hi sweetie!! oh i just love manhattan, it truly is the best place on earth!! lemme know beforehand the next time you visit, i'll give you some good recs for awesome eateries!

so sorry for the absence, i've been traveling throughout europe and am finally back home in paris and ready to blog! you gave me an award? how sweet!! thanks so much, darlin! happy new year, xoxo!!

J. said...

Happy belated birthday!!! And, wow, you must have loved the trip so much!

I think I take the city for granted. I'm bridge & tunnel.

What a way to spend your sweet 16 :D

copperoranges said...

you better get off hiatus!

Wendiva said...

hey sweetie! the trip was awesome, i visited 5 european countries in one month, which was tiring but beautiful. miss u too and hope to see ur new post soon! xoxo.

Inside the Cabinet of Wonder said...

oh it looks like you had a magical time! :)
i hope you are well, and everything is great!! :D

TheGlamorousEccentric said...

even though i live in NYC i love to see people's impressions of the city i find it all very cool too and i grew up there! china town is the best its like another world

Kiki said...

This is def better!I wish i could go to NY too.How much money did you spend?The food looks delicious!