|This was ALL I brought for my 36-hour trip to New York. Had to get my Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bag in there as a carry-on! (I used to work for the rep) It's so fitting!|
The first day we went directly to the first trade show from LaGuardia, which was held at Pier 94. About 6 hours later, we walked over to the Royalton Hotel in Midtown where we were staying, and then headed to Central Park South for dinner at Sarabeth's for calamari, adult grilled cheese, and a bottle of Prosecco (it was delicious!). Then it was hotel and bed time. After waking up at 4:20am CST to catch a 6:40am flight, it was nice to be in bed sleeping by 11:30pm EST.
Around 9:30am Monday morning, we checked out of the hotel and took the subway to the Financial District for Playtime New York. We spent a couple of hours at this show (unlike the LOOONG time spent at the other show), and then walked back to the subway to take the subway to the Upper West Side toward Columbia University. The train was incredibly warm, so we got off 20 block early, and explored the one part of Manhattan I've never seen! We ended up spending a good 40 or so minutes digging through the clothes in the Columbia Bookstore, so that my boss could get her kids t-shirts from her and her husband's alma mater. (I bought Jason, my sister, and myself one, too!). Then came lunchtime at Ollie's, a delicious little noodle shop across the street! We squeezed so much into Monday, but by 2:30, we were on our way back to LaGuardia for our flight home... Where it turned out being chilly and rainy.. Oh, Chicago!
Overall, we walked probably 8 miles in two days, which I find awesome. I wish I could walk more here (but I work 40 minutes away driving, in the suburbs, so I can't do that here!).
I really love New York City! Dreams are made there, and the lights really do inspire you! I can't wait to go back.
Alas, pictures. Here are the only pictures I took on my trip:
|Times Square at a red light.|
|Playtime New York was so artsy! I really enjoyed the experience there. It was held in a warehouse across from the New York Stock Exchange in the Financial District.|
|Tom's Restaurant! Yes, the one they used in Seinfeld. The inside was filmed in LA, though.|