Checking into our hotel turned out to be a little bit of a minor issue. Brett accidently booked our priceline hotel for the next Sunday, rather than the day that we were there. Whoops! Thankfully, the Howard Johnson in Long Island City was happy to take our reservations in person and we were looking out at Manhattan in no time! It may not be the best neighborhood, but only a block from the subway with free parking, free breakfast and a double room (this time!) it sure is a good deal at less than $100 a night.
Brandi and Heather had to leave Brett behind (he was dealing with the hotel and was also going to pick up our other friend Andy Whitaker from the LaGuardia Airport later) and hit the road Amazing Race style in a mad dash for Times Square. Our objective? To meet our tour guide before they left without us! Thankfully, we made it with just minutes to spare!
We had signed up for a walking tour of midtown Manhattan online at NYC By Foot. The tour was free and lasted about two hours. It was such a great experience! The company offers several different tours on different days of the week. You can check out Central Park, the Historic District, Lower Manhattan, Greenwich Village and they even have one that is all over the city...it's about six hours long though!
We tromped about a mile around midtown Manhattan checking out the sights and getting the history behind the scenes. It was great having someone tell you the in's and out's of the world's most valuable and busiest areas. With only six people on our tour, we really got a great guide of the city.
Here's a look at some of the things we saw:
|Ice skating in Bryant Park|
|The fancy hotel where all the models stayed for Fashion Week|
|Empire State Building|
|The Waldorf Astoria...not our hotel|
|A Mexican parade that passed us by.|
|St. Bartholomew's Cathedral|
|You'll stay up 'till this dump shines like the top of the Chrysler Building.|
|In front of the Library, looking for the Ghostbusters.|
|Pi Love with the Lion in front of the NY Public Library!|
|In the NY Public Library reading room|
|Our tour guide.|
We're pretty sure that Andy was at his breaking point with planes, trains and automobiles for the day, but he was a trooper. That and his iPad seemed to be entertaining him pretty well. But, it was Andy's first trip to the city so we had to make sure he got a chance to see the sights too! Besides, who needs sleep?
|We heart Papayas!|
Well, y'all should know by now you can't see the bright lights of the big city without burning your retinas in Times Square. But with snow starting to fall we found our Southern counterparts were falling a bit numb. We think they enjoyed the flashy lights and over the top advertisements, but who knows? We're pretty sure their eyeballs might have been frozen by this point.
|Ellen: Clark, Audrey's frozen from the waist down.|
Clark: That's all part of the experience, honey.