New York City (Part I)

Last weekend, David and I stuffed our warmest winter clothes into a suitcase and traveled our little southern butts up to the big ol' island of Manhattan. I like to call myself an old pro at the city (been to visit several times and even worked one summer at a camp in Connecticut that was run by a children's school in Harlem, so we were in and out of the city a lot) but this was actually David's first time to the big apple. 

Luckily, two of my closest friends in the whole wide world live in the city (Sarah, who you'll see below, and Courtney, who you might remember from here and here), so we had automatic tour guides to show us around the whole weekend. It was amazing. 

Our first full day in NYC was a doozy, in the best possible way. It really was the perfect way to spend a day touring New York. Oh and did I mention it was a really cold doozy? Mhm. These two Georgia kids were shaking in our inadequately lined boots.

First stop: a walk along the water towards Battery Park with a view of Miss Lady Liberty from afar.


me + Sarah, my best friend since I was 14!

Then we took the train down to Grand Central Station, the hubub of it all.



David was really excited to reenact that flash mob commercial he finds so ridiculously funny...
don't lie, you know the one.


After touring Grand Central and its fabulous dining hall, we took the train over to Times Square. In David's redneck small town words, it was "sensory overload." In a good way, of course.



Next, we headed over to the fabulous Macy's at Herald Square, where we shopped for boots (our tootsies were beyond cold) and lunched at the Cellar.

After our late lunch, we stopped to watch the adorable ice skaters at Rockafeller Plaza. Then it was time for one of my favorite events of the trip- the top of the Rock tour. The views were stunning. And I'd like to say we planned it, but honestly, luck got us to the tour at just the right time. We showed up around 4:30 PM and stayed for about an hour, meaning we got to see the city from the top of the Rockafeller Center in daylight, at sunset and at night. The views were priceless!





we look warm, right?




the glow of Times Square



So gorgeous, right?

And don't worry, after a fabulous dinner at WhiteHall, I was about ready to call it a day. After all, I had to save up some energy for days 2-4 of the trip!

Which one of these NYC hot spots is your favorite?
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28 comments:

  1. Ive never been but would love to visit. My husband loves that flash mob commercial too, so funny! Some of those pictures should be framed, theyre gorgeous!

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  2. i've only been a couple times, but hands down central park is my favorite!

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  3. Whoa! Looks so gorgeous there. I am torn on whether or not to visit though; I feel like if I do go I will end up moving there :) and I'm not sure I could afford that haha what fun photos, Michelle!

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  4. It sure was a cold weekend! We had 6 inches of snow in New Jersey on Saturday. Looks like you had a wonderful time! We haven't been to the city in awhile but we are going to see the Broadway show, Rock of Ages in the spring. New York really is an amazing place. It must have been a lot of fun spending time with old friends there!
    -Shelley

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  5. I loved Timesquare when I was there and oh, the shopping! We stayed right off of Broadway, I hoped to vist there again:)
    Rondell♥

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  6. So so fun, Michelle. What great photos. Super cracking up about the flash mob remake! Fun to see all of these as I have not been to NYC since I was a little thing.

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  7. I live across the river from NYC & it's one of my favorite places. My new fav spot is The High Line Park built on old elevated subway tracks. The views are awesome!

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  8. I want to go to NYC soooo badly and this is definitely not helping!! Looks so fun!

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  9. Oh, you got some great shots, Michelle! I love to see the skaters on Rockefeller. I don't mind passing through Times Square, but it kind of gives me a headache. ;) I like wandering through Greenwich Village or even up Fifth Avenue and through Central Park. You're so lucky to have been able to stay for several days. My friend Christy and I go up every December, but only for a day. :)

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  10. I LOVE your photos! They make me want to book a trip back to NYC asap!! :)

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  11. SO beautiful! I've actually never been to NYC, but it's on Hubby and I's list of places to go in the future!

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  12. Love the pics! I'm living vicariously through you. =) The views of the city are amazing! So many lights and buildings.

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  13. i'm dying over your top of the rock pictures!! it's such a perfect idea to go at sunset!

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  14. FUN! great pictures! looks like you guys had a blast!

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  15. Ah, I just love that city! Such awesome pictures, Michelle!

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  16. NYC is awesome! It's such a different life than the one I lead here across from a field and next to a lake. :P My favorite thing in NYC is Broadway...I heart musicals! Looks like you guys had a great time.

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  17. Looks like so much fun, Michelle! New York is so magical, and you totally captured it with those gorgeous photos!

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  18. Ahhh! How great is NYC? I love your photos...and yes maam, it looks mighty cold. Sounds like the perfect NYC day.

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  19. So fun! NYC is one of my favorite places to visit. Glad you had a great time!

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  20. Amazing pictures! Your photo challenge worked girl!! :) You and your hubby are too cute! My hubbs hasn't ever been to NYC either and I'm hoping to plan a trip there asap! Can't wait to see days 2-4! :)

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  21. NYC is only a train ride away for me, yet I've only been there a hand full of times. My favorite thing to do in the city hands down is seeing a show.

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  22. Oh the Top of the Rock IS a blast!! One of my faves, but I love poking around the shops of SoHo and taking in a show (or two) as well. Going up in Feb to visit my BFF-- your pics have me super excited now! :)

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  23. What great pics!!! Love the ones of Grand Central Station!!

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  24. I can't believe the amazing view of the city you had at the top of the Rockefeller Center!! NYC is so beautiful in all the pictures I've seen of it... I still have yet to go visit it in real life! I'm hoping to make this happen soon!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.

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  25. This makes me want to go back!! Beautiful photos, can't believe your perfect timing for the city views!!

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