My New York Holiday Trip

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I finished off December 2014 with a fabulous trip to New York City! My sweet husband took me on a whirlwind trip all over the Big Apple. We had three days to fit in as many places as we could. I loved it so much, I can’t wait to go back. No wonder so many people live there, what a busy, bustling amazing place.

The first thing I thought when we were landing was that there were so many houses and streets right outside the city. How were we going to see everything in three days?

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We stayed at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in midtown, what an incredible historic place. It was so amazing to stay in a place that has housed some of the most famous people in the world. There are cool old photos on every floor and down the hallways of countless famous celebrities and many presidents.

The first day we went to Rockefeller Center.

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It was super crowded in the streets. This is the Rockefeller Christmas Tree in the daytime.

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The Rink at Rockefeller Center.

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And because I watch the Today Show every day I had to go in the lobby for a pic. This is where they interview the ladies before their makeovers.

On to the Top of the Rock!

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View of The Empire State Building. The small island on the right is Liberty Island with the Statue of Liberty.

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Here is a great view of Central Park from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck.

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On day two we went to Lower Manhattan and walked Battery Park to its end across from Liberty Island.

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Then we walked back to Ground Zero and read both Memorial Tower Fountains for the fallen twin towers. They were extraordinary and peaceful.

Next, we toured the 9/11 Memorial Museum. When you walk in you look over a cliff and see the “Last Column” pic below. You then wind down seven stories below street level into the museum. This is the saddest place I have ever been to in my life. So quiet and so cold.

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The Last Column, South Tower.

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The Survivors Stairs, Historic Vesey Street Stair Remnant. During the attacks of September 11, 2001, this stairway served as a vital route to safety for many people.

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Spencer Finch, Trying To Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning, Artwork at the National September 11 Memorial Museum.

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The Wall of Faces Memorial, from here on out we were not allowed to photograph anything.

This is by far the saddest place I have ever been. I guess it is because we all lived it and being there brings it all back. I found myself hurrying through the exhibits, not wanting to read or really look at them. I just wanted to leave. It’s a tomb really if you think about it.

I was surprised at the number of people who were reading everything, most of them were young children in 2001 or were from other countries and were genuinely interested in the facts. For me hearing the old tv news reports and seeing it all crashing down again was just too much.

However, the museum is still a must-see, it makes you appreciate our country, how lucky we are and to be truly thankful for the Military, Firemen, and Policemen who fight for us and protect us each day.

We spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out in Greenwich Village, then onto Times Square.

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This pic does not do Times Square justice, it literally looks like daytime at night with all the lights on the buildings around you.

Day three was spent on the Upper Westside. We got up early and went by you guessed it ..The Today Show!!

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I snapped this quick pic of Tamron, Al, Willie, and Natalie before the security guards shewed me away from the window. Barry Manilow was outside collecting toys but we missed him.

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The Tonight Show!!

We walked all the way over to Central Park.

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Strawberry Fields, John Lennon Memorial.

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Entrance to John Lennon’s apartment building, The Dakota. Later we came back by and I actually saw Maury Povich standing here looking at his phone {he lives here}, but I was too chicken to say hello.

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And… few blocks down is… The Night at the Museum!!! Actually, it’s the American Museum of Natural History, but it looks just like the movie inside and out.

Next stop is FAO Schwarz!!

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The famous Big Piano!

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I almost had a heart attack, they have “Build a Muppet” actually called Muppet Whatnot Workshop, where you design your own Muppet or have one of your favorite characters made. My husband had to drag me out of here.

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Who doesn’t love all marshmallow cereal, giant Snickers bars, or Nerds cereal box size!

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The Saturday Night Live candy was my fav!

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New York is truly one of my new favorite places to visit! And yes it can be done in just three days! We went to some great craft beer places, shopped at the Union Square Holiday Market, ate some incredible food, and even rode the subway. We had such a great time in New York City for the holidays. I can’t wait to go back!

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  1. Oh Kim, I sure hope you made to Central Park and you should hae went to the top of the Empire State bdlg! I lived in NJ for 8 years and took the train to NYC every other weekend. Can u imagine being in Times Square on NYE. I took my son and daughter and 2 of their freinds in 1999 but i booked a hotel too so we could just go to our room after. Craziest thing I ever did and froze to death but I think everyone should do it at least once in their lifetime! I am so glad you had fun and you should go back -there is so much more to see!!! P.S. Love your pics!

    1. Thanks so much Katie! No we did not go to the top of the Empire State building it was really crowded and we opted for Top of the Rock. I would love to go to NYE in NY!! I have always wanted to be there instead of watching on tv! Thanks for stopping by and reading!

  2. Mariah-Food, Booze, & Baggage says:

    Sounds like an amazing trip! You guess packed a lot in!! Your pictures from the Rock are really good.

    1. Thanks so much! Welcome to Made in a Day! I have been snooping through your travel & booze sections, my husband is a podcaster for craftbeercast.com, so wherever we go we have to get the local craft beer. {I left those pics out, lol}. We are in NC and plan to travel around CA soon. Love your blog!!

  3. I would love go there thank’s for taking pictures & showing them to us,I think the Memorial would be heart breaking,but seeing other places would lift your spirit’s May be one day just maybeee!!!lol

  4. I loved that you hit all the fun spots! I’m from NY/NJ and I miss it so much! There’s nothing like walking in the city – I love the Macys and seeing the store windows. Last time we were there we did a food crawl – that’s a great thing to try next time you go back! Dying to go to Jimmy Fallon :)

    1. We saw the store windows, {I think Lord & Taylor} they were little miniature scenes like action figures I was expecting huge displays. We loved walking too! So fun! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Kim,
    What a cool trip and great weather!!! My sister went by bus to NYC for one day and it poured rain:( Love John Lennon, the movie BIG and all the sights you picked! How about that Morrey Povitch, lol! Happy New Year!!! Love your new blog look:)

    1. Thanks so much Michele! Happy New Year to you too! I needed some color on Made in a Day, tired of thAt old black and white trend. NY Was so fun, but cold. I can’t wait to go again!

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