Top 10 Ways You Know You Are Definitely In New York City!

We’re back from our holiday break and ready to take on 2014! Whoo Hoo!!

Did you have a good time? Did you get snow?

One very lucky Dose Girl spent part of her holiday break taking a bite out of the Big Apple with her family. Because New York is one of Ashley’s favorite places on the planet, she spent most of Lisa’s trip there demanding text messages with updates on everything they were doing!

Needless to say, when we saw that the Monday Listicle topic for today was “10 Things New”, we knew we had to put a special New York twist on it! After all, as Lucy pointed out it is “the city so nice, they named it twice”.

So, without further ado, let us present you with our list:

Top 10 Ways You Know You Are Definitely In New York City

1. Celebrity Sightings:  New York is home to many famous people. Spotting one out and about in their natural habitat is just part of the NY experience! You have to be quick, though, because the place is really crowded and if you blink you just might miss your chance! Lisa kept her eyes peeled at every opportunity, but it wasn’t until the last day of her trip that it finally paid off…

Where in the World is Matt Lauer

2. Times Square: Whether illuminating the naked Cowboy or the “completely authentic” Rolex watch stands on every corner, this part of Midtown Manhattan shines as brightly as the sun even at midnight! There’s a reason people all over the world watch the ball drop right here to ring in the New Year! (Spoiler alert- it’s because half the world is already packed into the space there!)

3. Broadway Show: Speaking of Times Square, nothing says New York City quite like the experience of a Broadway Show. Sitting in the plush velvet seat holding a playbill waiting for the lights to go down is an experience everyone should have at least…Once…

Once Playbill

See this show if you ever have the chance!

4. Eating: From the hot dog carts to restaurant row, there is no shortage of gastric delights in the Big Apple. Does anyone really bother counting WW points while dining their way down 8th Avenue? Forgetta-bout-it! Sure, the tables are often so close together that you can reach out and sample your neighboring table’s cheesecake, but those points don’t count, right?

5. Central Park: What better way to burn off all the calories than a stroll through Central Park? Fine, probably a run through Central Park would be better, but then you might miss the sights.

Central Park from The Top of Rockefeller Plaza

6. Wall Street: Take a tour of the New York Stock Exchange and see how the magic happens in the money world. It is like your own personal ticker tape parade. Whatever you do, though, don’t reach down and grab one of the paper slips off the floor. Apparently, that is frowned upon. Just trust us on this one!

7. Statue of Liberty: The iconic image of Lady Liberty welcoming everyone to America brought a tear to Lisa’s eye as she flew into La Guardia. It also made Lucy throw open her window shade and squeal with delight. (Note: Air Marshals tend to jump into action when they hear screaming, so try to keep down, mmkay)

8. Trump Tower: The gold letters scream 5th Avenue and wealth. And if you are lucky enough to be in front of it while “The Donald” is exiting, he may just scream at you himself (with no Air Marshal interference, of course).

9. Taxis: The big yellow cabs are everywhere. You can see them, and you can most definitely hear them. In any other city honking would be considered rude, but in New York it is just how you announce your presence in the flow of traffic. There is nothing better than hopping in a cab when you are exhausted. You don’t even have to feel guilty! Watching the meter tick up…up…up while you’re stuck in rush hour traffic makes your heart race enough to count as your cardio for the day!

10. Empire State Building: You’ve got to go to the very top and take in the view from the 102nd floor at 1250 feet. Even if you have to stand in line for forty thousand hours to do it, you won’t regret it for a minute! But don’t try to drop a penny off the top or they will politely escort you to the exit. (or so we’ve heard)

The Empire State Building

Yep. New York City fills all ten slots for The Dose Girls favorite “Ten Things New” without a doubt. We’re already trying to figure out a way to get there together for a girls’ trip that doesn’t involve trying to check Ashley in a suitcase to save on airfare. We’ll keep you posted.


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    • Bwahahahahaha! We feel you, Amber!! We’ve had to repeat where we’re headed in a cab more than once because of the old Southern Twang (and neither of us even has much of one!)

  1. Thank you so much for this tour of New York. I am an Australian and although New York has been on my list of must visits for ever it is also a major trip from here. One day……

    • Oh, Karen! It would be a major trip, but I hope you are able to make it at least once. It’s like nothing else in the world…just like we have visiting Australia on our “dream list” of places to go one day. We’ve got to get there!!! 😀

  2. One of my favorite cities for sure!!! I’m running a half-marathon in March which will be my first ever race in the city and I’m beyond excited!!! Loved this rundown of your top ten!! If both of you ever come to the city be sure to let me know so we can meet up!

    • We love NYC enough we’d almost register for a half-marathon just to have a reason to go there…if they’d let us take a cab for 1/2 of the course. Wait, what am I saying? We’d have to ride at LEAST 3/4 of the course! We’ll let you know if we ever work it out!! 😀

    • Oh, Nicole! It was absolutely magical!! The tree at Rockefeller Plaza…taking Lucy to the NYC Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker…seeing the displays in all of the stores…it was so much better than anything I could have imagined! You guys will have a blast!!

  3. Had no clue you were in my neck of the woods. I live on Long Island about 45 minutes out of NYC and would have love to have met up with you. Totally bummed, but glad you had such a great trip!! 🙂

    • Wait…WHAT??? No WAY!!!! How did I not know that??!! I had no idea you were there! We weren’t there for very long–it was kind of a whirlwind trip at only 4 days–but that is an opportunity missed! Rats!!
      Next time we go, we are doing a longer trip and we will definitely try to plan meet ups! Our friend Nellie is in NY too!
      (Ashley and I have decided our real dream is to rent a place in the city for at least a month and explore the city for real–and eat our way up and down Restaurant Row. Of course we have no idea who will be watching our kids back here in Charlotte…or where we’ll get the money for it—but those are just tiny, little details! 😀 )

    • It’s ALWAYS a good time for another trip to NYC, Colletta!! That’s our motto!! There is always some new place you just MUST see! Can’t wait to see your list of “news”!

  4. I didn’t know you were in my backyard this holiday!! I love New York, I live on Long Island now, but I lived in NYC for 14 years and would go back in a heartbeat, though I would have to leave my husband to do it because he swears that 5 years were enough!! Glad you had a great time and so glad the both of you are back here where you belong!!

    • Oh, man!! I didn’t know I was in your back yard either! How did I not know you were in Long Island??? GAH!!!
      Ashley and I are planning a girls’ trip for hopefully SOMETIME in the next year and we are going to make sure we get to meet you in person!! (I’d move there in a heartbeat if I could afford it)

  5. DUDE. I’m offended. I can’t believe you didn’t ask me for my Andrea’s guide to NYC before you went. Whattaya’ CRAZY?

    But seriously, thanks for the homage (is that even the word?) to my home state – second city home. Loads of fun. And if you see Matt Lauer ever again? Keep going. You’ll find a better celeb to take a picture of somewhere down the street. I’m SURE of it. 😉

    Love you! Glad you had a blast!

    • I know. He’s sooooo sketchy. (poor Ann Curry…poor wife). Unfortunately he was my ONLY celeb encounter. If it makes it any better, I didn’t even bother to yell his name out to get him to turn toward me when I took my pictures—and he looked really old and skinny (in a bad way). Bah.

      I wanted to see Alexander Skarsgard. He’s in NYC ALL the time. Dammit.

  6. I have always wondered what I should do first if I ever have the pleasure of going to New York City, and now I don’t have to wonder anymore. Thank you for the tour guide of what I should add to my list of things to do. I have always wanted to go to actually visit New York City. I have only had the pleasure of driving through it.

    • Oh, you have to go, Crystal. It is just like no place else I’ve ever been. Nothing compares to it!! It’s special!!

  7. You absolutely positively can NOT count WW points while you are in NYC! Please tell me you had lots of pizza and bagels for me while you were there! And bought tons of fake Rolex watches! Welcome back ladies!

    • We DID have pizza. 😀 It was the one eating experience Bobby asked for. He’d heard about NY pizza and it was his dream. YUM!! I DID have an authentic NY bagel and, you know, it IS different from the bagels we have here in NC. Who knew? (well, you did!!) Maybe it’s good I don’t live in NY. It would be SO HARD to go easy on that delicious food. I’d gain 25 pounds!!

  8. Glad you had a great trip Lisa! Sounds like you definitely saw a lot of the sights! We’re only an hour and a half away but don’t get there as often as my daughter (who adores NYC) would like. She picks going there for her birthday if she can possibly finagle ii!

    • I’m with your daughter, Michelle! If I were anywhere even remotely close, I’d pick NYC for every possible outing/occasion!

  9. Sounds like so much fun! I do want to trust you but I really just need to know why it is frowned upon to grab what is now scrap paper off the ground. Sounds like fun!

    • OMG…it was SO busy! At one point, it felt like half of the people in the world were in Midtown. It was like braving mini-riot conditions too see the tree at Rockefeller Plaza! Still, I wouldn’t trade it for the world because we had so much fun, and I’m raring to get back! 😀

  10. Even though I grew up right outside NYC, I still have yet to go to the top of the Empire State Building (awesome views at night, by the way!). I have had one celebrity sighting in all the times I have been there, but my sister who lives there is constantly seeing people (including Matt Damon at her gym once!). Sounds like you had a great tip, Lisa, and hope you are able to make it there soon Ashley 🙂

    • Well, that kind of information is almost enough to get me to go to the gym on vacation, Bev!! I’m not surprised at all that you haven’t been to the top of the Empire State Building. I grew up in St. Louis and I didn’t go up in The Arch until I was 18 and about to leave for college!! 😀

    • It was so much fun, Eva, and we’ve just barely scratched the surface with this list!! We could have easily done a list that is 30 things long without having to think twice!

  11. Visiting from Listicles. Not to sound like an old commercial but..”I love New York”. Luckily, I’m only a 1 1/2 hour train ride away so I like to go up on day trips and take in a show. Love your list, love your humor.

    • Oh, I am so jealous! If only I were just an hour from the city, I’d be there on day trips all. the. time!! Instead of wasting money at Target (I need two things and end up buying $150 worth of stuff every time!), I’d be saving my pennies and buying Broadway show tickets!!

  12. Fun post! My then 21 year old son and I spent an unexpected day in New York City once. It was totally unplanned (we were visiting Connecticut on short notice and spent a day in NYC.) We left Grand Central, started walking, and noticed a bunch of people standing on a corner, taking a picture of a building. I figured it must be important, so I took a picture of it too. I later learned it was the Empire State Building. DUH! How in the world did I not recognize the Empire State Building?! It’s even embarrassing to admit it!

    • That’s awesome. There is no trip like an unexpected, impromptu one!! They always turn out the BEST! I think you didn’t recognize the Empire State Building because you were at ground level. Looking up, it’s harder to see the iconic shape. If you’d seen it from above, you would have nailed it! 🙂

  13. One of my favorite cities EVER and one of the many reasons, I moved out of it. I’ve lived there for 33 years and I was done with the noise, the subways, the hustle and bustle and needed someplace quiet and warm. I love NY more as a visitor now and now I can truly appreciate my forever city!!!

    Thanks for posting.

    I will be in NY in about 2 weeks..with all its freezing cold glory! yay…! NOT!


    • You did the New York City thing and you were ready to move on! I totally, totally get it! I, on the other hand, have always lived in the suburbs, so the hustle and bustle (and noise) was absolutely glorious! (at least for a week!) 😀

    • It is. Ashley and I have decided that we have to sublet an apartment there for at least a month some summer (preferably when the kids are old enough to be able to drive and have their mothers gone) and just live it up. It’s totally on our bucket list!!

    • Oh…I totally need to hear some of those stories, Teri! (or at least see the photographs. I KNOW you must have some!!) How special that you were at Tavern on the Green the last NYE they were open! Aw!!

  14. I am so jealous! I love New York and can’t wait to visit again. I’d have to agree that they are spoiled with all the Broadway shows they get to see. When we went, we even bought same-day tickets for half price.

    • Same day tickets for half price?!?!?! Man, that is awesome!!! I’d definitely take every opportunity to see musicals and plays if I was anywhere near NYC. It’s such an experience!!

  15. Glad you had such a fun trip. Lisa. Cool that you got to the 102nd floor, I just did the 86th floor at the Empire State Building. Alos great that you went during the holidays, I bet the decorations were awesome. The FAO Schwartz by Trump tower is the best store ever.

    • I think the holiday time was the perfect time to go. Lucy got to see the NYC Ballet do The Nutcracker (she was in a version here in town) and it made her year. It was just magical. There were hoards of people absolutely everywhere, but it was just a fantastic experience from beginning to end. I totally see why so many people make the trip in December!

  16. We love visiting New York. My kids’ favorite place to go is to the Natural History Museum. They love the dino exhibits! My husband brought them to a restaurant that only sold mac and cheese while I was at Blogher 2 years ago. So mad I missed that one! Welcome home, Lisa!

    • We went there!! We didn’t put it on the list because we were just doing 10 things, but it is AWESOME. That place is GIGANTIC. It’s like walking in a multi-story maze. I never knew where I was or exactly where I was going…we just sort of lucked into seeing really great stuff around every corner! We loved the dinosaurs and the giant canoe and the big whale….and ALL of it! (Although I now I feel robbed that I didn’t get to eat at a macaroni and cheese restaurant!!)

  17. I went to New York City for the first time last year around this time. It was only for two days but with your help, I saw all that I wanted to. I fell in love with it and really want to go back in the summer. I ate off of Leo’s plate the whole time so the calories wouldn’t count. 😉

    • That’s the way to do it!! Those points (and calories) do not count if they aren’t on your plate! I totally want to go back in the summer now that I’ve seen NYC during the holiday season. I need it to be warmer to really walk and explore!

  18. Stealing a bit of your neighbor’s cheesecake does not count in your calories for the day. It does count in theirs, though. Life is unfair!
    Also no calories count in NYC because the emotional and physical energy that is expended!
    And squeal – you’re back!
    I grew up in NJ so NYC was “my city.” I have delighted in so many of these things, if not all. I didn’t even know “Once” was a play now! Sheesh. The movie made me sob. Twice.

    • Now see!! That’s the kind of celebrity story we all need!! You want to see someone famous just randomly walking their dog…or in the line for the bathroom. AWESOME!! I love it!

  19. This is fantastic! I used to dream of living there…aahhh the dreams of a teenager in the middle of nowhere-near-America *SIGH*

    So glad you had fun there, Lisa! If I were Ashley, I’d have texted her demanding updates and pictures non-stop too 😀

    • Bwahahaha!! I’m now a totally middle aged person nowhere near New England who has dreams of living there myself!! 😀

  20. I have never had a desire to go to NYC or even NY. I know, what’s wrong with me? Just never interested me, probably because I’m a country girl at heart. My hubby has been to NY and tells me I need to go…Maybe one day? We shall see!

    • You know, it’s not for everyone. I totally get that! My husband goes there all the time for business, so it was same old, same old for him. Lucy and I both thought we’d died and gone to heaven. We are both ready to move there at a moment’s notice. And although he thought the vacation was fun, Bobby thought it was WAY too crowded and the spaces WAY too small for his liking. He likes having plenty of elbow room. I don’t think I have to worry about him running away to the city any time soon!!

    • Going there in the summer would be so fantastic! You could just walk everywhere! (It was kind of cold to walk more than 10 or 15 blocks in December!) My next goal is to go in the summer time so I can just walk and explore everything!!

  21. There are SO many bloggers from New York! It makes me want to visit THAT much more. I am itching to get out of Nashville and explore the world, NYC being one of my first stops.

    • That would be a wonderful place to start, Ashlee! But I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE Nashville!! My husband and I lived there for 12 years! I went to medical school at Vandy and did my residency there, too…and had my first real practice in Franklin. My oldest was even born there although we moved to Charlotte when he was only a few months old. I love Nashville!!

  22. Oh how I MISSED you girls!!!! New York City?!! It all looks AMAZING Lisa!!!! SOOO fun!!! I loved the “tour”… 🙂

    Here’s to a new year of friendship my dear sweet Dose Girls!!! LOVE YOU!!

    • We missed you too, Chris! We have never taken a bloggy break like that one and BOY it felt great. It’s sort of hard getting back into the swing of things today, but we both feel so re-energized!! (and let’s face it…the kids went back to school today so SCORE!)
      Happy New Year sweet friend!! We love you!! 😀

  23. So glad you all are back!! The elf on the shelf is gone for 11 months and we all just can’t wait to see what this new year brings! It feels like a fresh start for sure! Love the NYC recap! Lucky girl! I was there once and couldn’t get it all in, but would love to go back as my hubs is from Connecticut. Can’t wait for this new year of Dose posts!

    • Thank GOODNESS that damn elf is gone for another year. Whew. That is reason enough to celebrate the end of the holiday season as far as I’m concerned…even if it *was* hard to get the kids up for school this morning after the break!! We are totally up and psyched for 2014!

  24. Happy New Year to you. I love New York but this time of year….no ma’am you will not catch me up there. I don’t do the cold lol. I use to go up there every summer to shop when I was in high school it was so fun and so much to do.

    • I am DEFINITELY heading there in the summer next. Although it was not super cold by NY standards, it was plenty cold by Charlotte standards!! I totally get it! 😀

    • Twice in the next two months?! Oh, I’m SO jealous!!! I’ll just have to enjoy it vicariously through you!! (And a cab driver told me that January after New Years and the whole month of Feb were the best times to go because there aren’t as many tourists. Lucky girl!!)

  25. It has been way too long since I’ve been to the Big Apple! Your list made me want to book a trip immediately! Maybe I can sneak myself into my husband’s suitcase on one of his business trips…
    The top of the Empire State Building always makes me think of Sleepless in Seattle and always makes me tear up a little!

    • I highly recommend trying to stow away in luggage. It is WAY more cost effective. That would help us get back there faster!! Aw! I LOVED Sleepless in Seattle…although if Meg and Tom had to brave the crowds at The Empire State Building we did, I don’t think they ever would have found each other!

  26. I have not been in a long time, but I have been a few times! I hope you spent some time over in Hoboken…aka Frank Sinatra’s birthplace. That is a cool spot. I have stayed at the Ritz Carlton that famously overlooks Central Park, eaten those yummy hotdogs, seen Phantom of The Opera on Broadway, and shopped till I dropped. My husband has never been, but after reading this I am in the mood to plan a trip for sure! My favorite thing I could never do again…take the subway to the World Trade Center, then walk to the overlook and watch the fireworks surround the Statue of Liberty on the 4th of July. Ahh…memories…

    • We didn’t get to Hoboken but hopefully we will the next trip! You need to go with your husband since he hasn’t been! That’s the perfect excuse….er…reason to go!! 😀

  27. Wait a minute, this is one of Ashley’s favorite places but Lisa went? Hmmm.
    This is a good column Lisa, can’t argue with any of them. Very good list.

    • Thanks, Bill! Wasn’t it awful that Ashley couldn’t come, too?! 🙁 What a rip off!! We are already scheming to try to figure out a way to get there for a girls’ trip!! We can be very resourceful when we have to be!!

  28. I <3 New York bigtime. I think "Once" is coming to Baltimore on tour next year – I would love to see it! Have you ladies visited Top of the Rock? I liked it even better than the Empire State Building – views are just as good, and the Empire State is part of the skyline there. I have to go back soon; you've made me nostalgic.

    • YES! In fact, I took the picture I used showing Central Park and the one of The Empire State Building in the skyline from The Top of the Rock. It is 100% better for viewing the city than The Empire State Building. No question! They have timed tickets for when you can go up to the top so they control the number of people there much better. It wasn’t even crowded! (The Empire State Building was SO packed with people. It was insane!). The views were just astounding.

  29. When I was 16, i had the honor of going to New York City with my District Orchestra to play in Carnegie Hall. I wish we’d had facebook and point and click cameras back then, cause I missed out on so many photo ops! It was an amazing trip, but that was almost half my lifetime ago (zoinks!) I really, really want to go back as an adult. With my bestie. No kids. No hubs. I need to win the lottery.

    • Oh, wow!! That’s incredible, Alexa! I bet it was just thrilling to play Carnegie Hall! Awesome!
      I like the way you think!! I want my next trip there to be a girls’ trip, too!! I think the lottery is a viable option for us!! 😀

  30. Love, love, love NYC. I’ve been there many times and still haven’t been to the top of the Empire State Building, but I have been to the top of the Rock. I haven’t heard of Once. I’ll have to check it out. I don’t remember seeing it advertised when I was there a few months ago.

    • Oh, DEFINITELY check out Once, Dawn. It is FANTASTIC!! It’s at the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre on 45th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue. They also have a touring company!

    • Oh, yes! I seem to remember hearing they have a little race there every year! 😀
      How exciting!! Good luck!! 🙂

    • I bet it must be so weird to hear the perspective of tourists about your native city! We tend to gush about it! I can see how you could take all of the awesomeness for granted when you get to see it all the time!

  31. I wish I had known you were coming – we live *right* outside NYC – I have tons of restaurant recs, etc. Or we could have just met for coffee! I love meeting the people from inside my computer in real life!

    • Oh, DARN IT!!! I honestly had no idea so many of my bloggy friends were so close to NYC. Ashley and I are definitely planning a trip and we will meet everyone!! We will not rest until this happens!

  32. Ooh, you are talking about my favorite city and it’s so funny because tomorrow’s post is going to be about our recent overnight stay there 🙂 It was crazy wintry weather but still so much fun! I love the vibrancy and diversity of the city- it’s like nowhere else on earth!

    • No way!! Great minds think alike! I can’t wait to read your post!! You have hit the nail on the head. It is so vibrant and diverse. It really is like no other place on earth!

  33. OMG I love love love New York (that should be a song!!). YAY for an awesome trip there, and you’re right. Sitting on a park bench in Central Park is as good as jogging it because hello! You’re in Central Park!!!

  34. That is so awesome! I have been all over this country, but I’ve never been to New York City. I definitely want to go someday because it looks amazing. Now, I really, REALLY want to go.

    • You definitely do have to go, Kristen! It’s like no other place I’ve ever been! I know you’ll love it!!

  35. Sounds like a fun time! I really need to visit New York one of these days, preferably around Christmas. I don’t think I would like the traffic though… I have to take anti-anxiety meds whenever riding through cities!

    • I think Christmas time is perfect for a first visit. It’s just so beautiful. Now, the crowds are big and the trafffic…GAH…but if you just sit back and let the cab driver do his/her thing, you get through it. I can’t even imagine trying to drive in NYC. I’d never even consider it!!

  36. I LOVE New York City! It is one of my favorite places on this planet. WW points MUST NOT count in NYC. I don’t know what I’d do first, eat a street dog, a bagel with cream cheese (hello! they use an entire brick of cream cheese PER bagel), or find good pizza.

    I can’t believe the naked cowboy is still around. He was kicking it 12 years ago when I was there. Maybe he’s got Kenny Rogers as a mentor and he’ll soon be the naked grandpa cowboy (SAG. EW)

    • Bwahahahahahaha. Naked grampa cowboy!! Hahahahaha

      I absolutely love your menu of street dog, bagel, and pizza. I say yes to all three!! (You did mean we’d get to eat them all at once, right?)

  37. What a fun list!!! I’m glad you had such a great trip!!!
    I’ve been to New York City once (for a day) when we spent several weeks in NJ and due to a subway issue, we spent our day on the subway, a bus a train and repeat…..
    Now, I feel like I got to experience at least a bit more – thanks, Lisa!!!

    • Nooooooooooooooooooo!! That definitely DOES NOT COUNT as your first trip to NYC!!!! You totally deserve a do-over!! I’m going to pout until you get one, Kim!! 😀

  38. I hope y’all had a great break! This was a fun way to treat the Listicles prompt. Now you make me want to take the girls back to the city for some more sight seeing…or maybe not considering last time the four year old started asking too many questions about women walking around with their nipples bared for all to see…and why Hello Kitty nearly decked the Husband for money because the T wanted a picture taken with her.

  39. Start spreading the news… I wish I were leaving today.. We’re supposed to be taking each of the girls for their 13th birthday. So far we’re almost 3 years behind on that tradition. Note to self. Never tell them what you WANT to do.. only tell them as you’re on the way to the airport.

    • What a WONDERFUL idea. I absolutely love it! I’m totally going to do this!! Bobby is 13 so this trip could officially be his 13 yo trip. Lucy is 10 so I have three years (and three more if I fall behind) to make her 13 yo trip happen. I am going to take your very, VERY wise advice and not say a word until we begin the packing!! 😀

  40. Although I have yet to go, New York is also one of my fav cities! It’s the next city atop my list of cities to visit. When I go, I’m going to use your list as a guide! Happy New year to you gals! I hope your 2014 is filled with tons of happiness, prosperity and success!

    • Magical! That is the perfect word to describe NYC during the holidays. (and crowded, but you hardly even notice that because it’s so great. THAT’S magical!)

  41. I heart NY! I agree, entering a cab after a long day’s worth of walking is such a huge sigh of relief, but watching that meter run up takes that relief away real quickly!

    • It sure does, Gracielle! At one point we’d been walking and walking….and walking…and we just wanted to get back to the hotel. It seemed like we’d never find a free cab then BAM there was one. Oh, it was SO fantastic!! (and watching the meter creep us as we barely inched along…not so fantastic :D)

  42. we haven’t been to the city in a while, even though we live about an hour away…one day when Dino is older we will take him.

    lots of great things to see…and things to avoid…LOL

    • Oh, you are so lucky to be so close! When Dino is older you guys will have such wonderful adventures! (and avoid all the things that need avoiding, I know!!)

    • I am still swooning over your city and I don’t see that changing any time soon! You’re so lucky to be there every day!! 🙂

    • Frances has big dreams! I love it!! This was the first NYC trip for the kids so we waited until our youngest was 10, so I totally feel you!!

    • You definitely need to see Once…and then eat in the theater district and sit right next to a celebrity! I will keep my fingers crossed for you.

    • Oh, awesome!! I have to say, every New Yorker we interacted with was so nice. (The tourists on the other hand…THEY sometimes left a little to be desired) Love your city!!

  43. I want to go back to NYC! I was there a couple of years ago and LOVED it. I got to see Wicked and shop and act like a child at Dylan’s Candy Bar.

    • Oh, Amber! That sounds like a DREAM!! I’ve seen several different touring shows of Wicked…but to see it on Broadway…SWOON! I remember first learning about Dylan’s Candy Bar on an episode of Project Runway where they had to make dresses out of candy. It looked like a FABULOUS place!!

  44. Welcome back to real life again! I hope you both had a great break. (I personally LOVED having a blog break, but it is nice to be back reading and blogging again!) Your photos and commentary made me long to take a vacation or head to a big city- I bet you had a fantastic time in NYC! Happy New Year!

    • You are so right, Stephanie. We’ve never taken a break like this before and it was FANTASTIC. We really needed it. We are now back and raring to go. Happy New Year!!

  45. Boy, I haven’t visited NY since I was a little kid. Riding up in my aunt’s wood paneled station wagon! Remember those? Looks like you all had fun! I can imagine everyone stopping in their tracks, in dead silence looking at those “other” people as they picked the paper slips off the floor at the NYSE, lol! 😀 Hope you ladies had a wonderful holiday!

    • Remember those station wagons? YOU BET I DO! In fact, my parents had one!! Hope you had a wonderful holiday too, Michell! Happy New Year!!

  46. Absolutely spooky. I just booked a New York trip today. Seriously. Haven’t been since grade 4. Which, of course, means I haven’t been there in oh what ten years? Twelve? Will keep your post for reference. Thanks guys. Can’t get over the spookiness of this though.

    • Hahahaha! I think we are just sympatico!! My best tip that wasn’t in the post…be sure to go to The Top of the Rock. It is the VERY best view of the entire city! Have fun, Kelly!! (and I want to stow away in your bags when you go!!)

    • Oh, it’s so true. Kerry! I have a feeling I could be there for weeks on end and STILL feel like I didn’t get to do all the things I wanted to do!

  47. If you come back I totally want in on whatever blogger meet-up you plan!! It is about an hour and a half but I can make it in an hour and 15 (and I’ll drag Michelle with me!!) I love, love, love the city and I totally have some fun places to go in mind. I took a little blog-break over the holidays and now that I’m back I had to come by and see what you guys have been up to, looking forward to getting caught up on your posts!

  48. Oh, I miss the NYC food so much! I lived there for a couple years, before meeting my Southern gentleman, and moving to NC. Crowds don’t bug me one bit because you always have Central Park to decompress.

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