Our third day in NYC was a full one! We started the day on a Gray Line double-decker bus exploring NYC’s Downtown Loop. We saw Greenwich Village, Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Flatiron building, Union Square, Soho, Chinatown, Little Italy, the Lower East Side, the East Village, Rockefeller Center and hopped off at one point to visit the 9/11 Memorial and Wall Street, and had a fantastically memorable experience with a “true New Yorker” who sold us our slices of pizza for lunch.
This was pretty much the only time this whole trip that I busted out my “big camera” so here you go – NYC through this tourist’s eyes!
I have nothing to say that hasn’t already been said – only tears as I think back to the day and the details.
After a harrowing visit to the 9/11 Memorial, followed by a stressful and confusing jaunt to find Wall Street (and the Bull, which we didn’t see until later when we were back on the double-decker) we hopped back on our bus and returned to Times Square, where we stood in line for discounted Broadway tickets at TKTS under the red stairs.
You know how babies get overstimulated by their surroundings and eventually they lose their shit and just start screaming to get you out of their face?
Turns out that happens to adults, too.
It was at this point in our lovely little vacation that I hit Baby Overstimulation Mode. After 3 days of cigarette smoke being blown in my face, miles of walking, countless bumps, endless traffic, endless noise, almost zero breaks or opportunities for relaxation, and the bajillion ADHD bombs that is Times Square piercing into my brain…I was fried. On our walk to TKTS I swear I felt every slight raise, bump, or wad of gum on the sidewalk below my feet. Every screech of a car’s brakes pierced into my brain, chipping away at my soul. All adult coping skills were null and void as I turned to G and said: “I am going to punch THE NEXT FUCKING PERSON WHO INVADES MY PERSONAL SPACE IN THE FACE!!”
To which G calmly and casually replied, “Oh look, there’s a Starbucks right over there. Want to go grab a drink while I wait in line for us?”
(Example #1,597 of why I married this man.)
Eventually I got a Starbucks, we got our tickets, and I got even more acutely aware of EVERY SINGLE annoying person, car, and thing all around Times Square. As we left our line G cheerfully said, “Oh, look – a Toys R Us. Want to go in and find something for Kate?
“NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” I roared.
(And not in a Katy Perry empowering kind of way. It was more like a King Kong ‘I’m going to eat this f-ing city’ kind of way.)
The best thing you can do for an overstimulated baby is to eliminate the commotion and LEAVE THEM ALONE.
Turns out that’s the same remedy for an over-stimulated, over-caffeinated, thirty-something NYC tourist.
We returned to our hotel where I almost instantly crashed, and surprisingly enough, so did G. Turns out we were both over-stimulated and over-NYC’d, and a little nap is exactly what we needed.
We woke up with just a short amount of time to spare before our Broadway show, which we decided to spend walking to Kate Spade’s flagship store on Madison Avenue. (More on this coming soon!)
After Kate Spade we enjoyed the Rock of Ages Broadway musical followed by a much quieter stroll back to our hotel – with a quick detour to the Magnolia Bakery for a cupcake, which we brought back to our hotel to enjoy with our champagne and chocolates.
On Wednesday (our last day in NYC) we slept in, relaxed, and pretty much did nothing besides get our picture taken by this sculpture near our hotel in honor of our 10th wedding anniversary:
After that it was time to pack up and head to the airport to return home!
Overall we loved our NYC vacation! It was a thrill to see the Big Apple and so many things you can only imagine before actually experiencing. For those of you planning you own trip, here’s a couple of things we’ll do differently next time:
- Pre-plan a few places to eat before arriving.
- Build in sensory breaks.
Punch at least one person in the face.
New York City is certainly a great city to “wing it” but we wish we would have been more planful about our meals. Next time we’ll do our research ahead of time and make reservations instead of resorting to hitting up the pizza place on the corner for nearly every meal.
We’ll also make sure to slow down a little bit, try not to cram so much in, and build in times to relax and enjoy a little peace and quiet. That’s a hard need to admit, because even though we were all go, go, go this whole trip there was still SO MUCH we didn’t get a chance to see or do that we really hoping to. (I’m looking at you Grand Central Station, Central Park, Ellis Island…the list goes on.)
Until we meet again, NYC! Thank you for the memories!