A few weeks ago Tony and I went to NYC for a little over 24 hours (which I’m sure you got from the title…). A while back Tony had heard about a radio contest to win a trip to NYC for two to see Chris Martin (Coldplay front-man) in a private concert. He told me to enter (which is something either of us ever do). And well, WE WON! I received a call from the radio station that Tony and I had won an all-expense paid trip to NYC, but we were leaving in THREE days. Cue me running around like a chicken with my head cut off to re-schedule a couple shoots and get someone (ended up being 3 someones) to watch E and the dog. I was lucky enough to get everything squared away and Tony was having a light week at work, so that Wednesday we were off!
I’ve never been to New York City before, so Tony & I wanted to fit as much in our short time as possible. (I chose not to bring my nice camera with us, so you’ll have to settle for iPhone pictures for this post, sorry!) We started off heading to Times Square where Elmo & the cookie monster ran up to us and took our picture with them. And then made us pay $15 for it. Welcome to New York, rookie. After we were robbed, we headed to Shake Shack. I seriously cannot wait for this to open in Atlanta. It will be 10 extra pounds that will be worth every bite.
After lunch we headed to Top of the Rock to get killer views of the city . We originally were going to do the Empire State Building, but Tony heard that this was a better view and I didn’t really care. It was so neat to see the city from this vantage point. NYC is amazing. I feel like such a dork, but until you’ve seen it (which I’m sure most of you have), you can’t really picture what the concrete jungle (where dreams are made of - sing it Alicia!) looks like.
After staring at the city for a while we headed to Central Park South for all of 2 seconds before we caught a cab to SOHO (where our hotel was). It was 4:30 and we were supposed to be meeting the record label rep at 6:45 to head to the “secret” location of the concert. The pregnant lady who was up at 5 am and walked for 5 hours around the city was ready for a snooze.
We met up with the record label rep & some of the other people who won tickets from their local radio stations a 6:45. The concert was supposed to start at 8pm, but we waited in line until 9 and finally got in the venue (The Box in SOHO) at 9:15. I tried really hard to not be a brat since we had WON this concert (Tony & I are seriously the biggest Coldplay fans!), but after waiting for 2.5 hours for no apparent reason (and I couldn’t even drink wine when we got into the club!), I was a bit on the cranky side. It was also a standing-only venue which did not help my mood. Once Chris Martin came on I lightened up a bit and enjoyed the experience. It was a tiny venue with about 200 people (it felt like less), and the stage was right there. It was such an amazing experience, especially since we are such big fans.
He only played 9 songs, so it was kind of a bummer that it was so short (we waited in line literally twice as long as the concert was), but really, it was amazing. I am so thankful that we were able to go. Worth all the blisters on my toes. After the concert we headed off in search of NYC pizza. Duh.
We ended up at Lombardi’s. It was good, but not ohmygodiamobsessed good. For some reason that’s what I thought NYC pizza would be like.
After pizza we headed back to our hotel and promptly passed out.
The next day we were up early to see the financial district and to grab brunch before heading home. I really wanted to see the 9/11 memorial and the new building and Tony wanted to see the Wall St. Bull. As an investment banker, he should have rubbed the bulls goods’ for good luck (apparently that’s a thing), but we both decide we will take our chances and not do it.
It was really neat to see the memorial fountains they made at the ground zero sight. Walking around the city really brought back all of those emotions that I felt from that day. I can’t imagine being in the city on that day. Just terrifying.
After walking around there for a bit we caught a cab back to Central Park south and had brunch at Norma’s. A few people said it was a must-do, so we made sure to stop in.
It was as delicious as expected. From there we headed to the airport and back home to see our girls. It was quite the whirl-wind trip, but so much fun! We fit in so many things that it felt like we were there for longer. Tony and I arrived back at the Atlanta airport and couldn’t believe we were there just the day before!
And that, my friends, is the tale of our 24 hour trip to New York!