So, how do I look? Seriously, are you digging the changes? I decided it was time to buy my domain name, update to a more sleek theme and Steveo made me a kick ass new header which is totally up my alley. You’ll have to bear with me as I try to figure out the formatting…
Steveo and I wanted to go to New York for our honeymoon but after a destination wedding (yeah Vegas!) it wasn’t in the cards. We have some friends getting married next week that will be heading out to the Big Apple and it’s made me both jealous and curious. What would I do with a week in New York? I’m glad you asked… New York is the city that never sleeps and as such there is more to do than most people could accomplish in one trip and way more than I can write about in one post. Instead of attempting the impossible I give you my Top 7 Things I’d Do in New York:
1. American Museum of Natural History
This one’s a no brainer and long time readers of the blog will know why. I can’t wait to get here and spend an entire day exploring exhibits, taking in shows and being a nerd. This is one attraction I’d have to leave my family behind on or arrange to meet them back at the hotel. While they rocketed through and caught 50% of the exhibits I’d be making sure I saw every artifact, read every plaque and ask the docents a million questions. Plus, what if the exhibits really do come to life after dark? Not something I’d want to miss.
2. Broadway show
Believe it or not this socially awkward blogger was once into drama in a big way. Throughout junior high and high school I took drama faithfully and had parts in many school productions. I only stopped because of my crippling self consciousness during auditions. If I could just be guaranteed every part I’m interested in I’d totally get back into acting. Of the shows currently playing I’d likely choose Wicked or Seminar.
3. New York Public Library
Speaking of being a big nerd… I wouldn’t be able to pass up the opportunity to hit up such a beautiful library. Would it be weird to spend a day of my vacation in cozy reading chairs with a stack of books? Not to you nerds but I bet my family would ditch me. That’s okay, they’d only get in the way of my reading anyway.
4. Ellis Island
Ellis Island was the first stop for 12 million immigrants on their way to get a piece of the American Dream. According to the Ellis Island website: “the descendants of those immigrants account for almost half of the American people.” That’s cool stuff and the kind of social history I’m super interested in. On the island you can take a 45 minute audio tour which allows you to live the “Immigrant Experience” first hand. Other exhibits include: The Peopling of America Center and The American Flag of Faces among others. Tickets to the island are available from Statue Cruises and are $21/adult for access to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the audio tour.
5. 30 Rock
A NBC studio tour would definitely have a spot on my trip. While I don’t think they actually go through the 30 Rock set it wouldn’t stop me and Steveo from acting out some of our favourite Jack and Lemon scenes. (“You know what, Mr. Bag? I WILL have a nice day! I’m going to hang you in my kitchen and fill you with other bags. You will eat your family!”) At $24 per person it’ll be a steal!
6. The Moth
The Moth is a nonprofit that promotes the art of story telling by hosting themed performances showcasing storytellers telling true tales live and without notes. There are two types of shows: the StorySLAM which is a competition/open mike where anyone can tell a story based on the night’s theme, and the Mainstage where well known authors, actors etc. tell stories that have been directed and polished by the Moth team. There is a podcast available but since it started in New York it seems like the best chance to check it out. Tickets are only $8 per person but the shows sell out quickly and it’s often standing room only.
7. Five Points
This former slum is one historic location Steveo and I can agree on (Thanks Leonardo DiCaprio!) and are both psyched to go to. Even though the street names have been changed and most of the buildings have been torn down, we`ll be able to find it because…. there’s a walking tour! The tour costs $18 per person, is approximately 2 hours long and was originally intended as a partner to the Gangs of New York movie. It includes stops at Murderer`s Alley, sites of the Draft Riots and, of course, the famous intersection.
Have you been to NYC? Did I miss any must sees?