We saw the famous skyline...
We drove right by Yankee Stadium...
...and onward to the Plaza Hotel. Check that. Actually it was the Best Western Plaza Hotel. In Long Island City. In Queens. That's because guests of the new celebrity Ding-Dang-Dong stay at the world-renowned Plaza Hotel! Here's a view of the street it was on. Pretty impressive, huh? That's just how the Flanigans roll...
Luckily, we had a pimped out room. And yes, you're seeing all of it in the camera shot. No trick photography here. Or room for bed bugs.
After we played paper, rock, scissors for bed space, we hopped on the subway to Manhattan. Mr. Ed had his camera finger trigger ready...this is just about all we saw him do the whole trip. He was just a little Razorback over a flash.
Our first stop was in Central Park. It was beautiful! The leaves were still on the trees and there were plenty of places to take some great potential Christmas card pictures. Here are a couple of our favorites:
We've learned that our visitors like to eat on a regular schedule, so we try to make sure folks get fed when they come to stay with us. Brett had been dying to eat at Gray's Papaya for a while and when we found one in Manhattan, we had to check it out.
Famous for their inexpensive 'high quality' hot dogs, we hit the branch at 72nd and Broadway. Our only complaint was that they didn't have seats.
After some papaya juice to tide us over, we set off for the main attraction of the day: watching the balloons blow up for the parade! Filling up the 'floats' happened at the block around the American Museum of Natural History and it was pretty cool to see our own little Thanksgiving Day history being made.
Apparently, watching balloons fill slowly with helium is down right riveting. There were thousands of people crowded into the area! A few were well behaved adults, but most were accompanied by crazed,
Yes, a small
Although battered, bloody and bruised, Mr. Ed was a trooper! We decided he would sound tougher if we told people he was mugged, so if you see him stick to that story.
His limp didn't stop him from seeing Times Square. The bright lights seemed to perk him right up and we all got a kick out of seeing ourselves on the Forever 21 jumbo-tron. Can you find Heather' green coat?
We decided we were lucky that the bright lights were a detraction from the swelling setting in on Mr. Ed's nose. After all, who takes a Christmas card picture just after they get mugged? We do.