Sunday, February 5, 2012

NYC with the Fam - January 9-15, 2012

Being in NYC with my mom and brother was pretty awesome also! It was a different experience than when I was there in 2008 with my best friends. This time we were right in Manhattan, in a fancy hotel. So we could hop back and forth from the street to our room, and back from dinner, etc. That was great.

Our room, two block north of Times Square.
Reid and I did lots of walk for the first two days before Mom got there. Lots.of.walking. Up and down Madision and 5th Ave. Going in to fancy shoe stores (for Reid) and amazing department stores. We hit Madison Square Gardens for Rangers game too, which was great!

M&M Store - super expensive, but have you every seen so many?
We found a little taste of home!
Does your library look like this?
At Madison Square Gardens. The guy beside us heard me say one sentence and asked where in Canada we were from. I guess the accent is really that obvious!

A shoot out win by NYC made for a pretty exciting game!
Look up - waaaaaay up.
When Mom got there we headed to Soho for more shopping (my kind of shopping!). Managed to snag an amazing leather jacket from this designer store. It's a long story, but basically, I went into this model store (you know all those clothes you wonder "Who would every where this?" from the runway...that store) and there was this sales guy in a fur poncho. Yep, dude with a fur poncho took me under his wing (literally, it looked like he had wings!) and made it his mission to find me a jacket. I ended up in the basement of this store where people were drawing and sewing all these strange clothes, and me in a fantastic jacket! It was great, but a little crazy!

Subway adventures
On top of Empire State - a tad bit windy

The last half of the trip I spent in rehearsals, while Mom and Reid checked out tourist-y things, like NBC Studios, 9/11 Memorial, Statue of Lib, Ellis Island, The Met, etc.

We managed to hit Wicked and Mary Poppins on Broadway and don't even get me started. Unreal. Amazing. So cool. *fingers wiggle above the keys trying to come up with words that will tell you how great it was* Yup, that good.

At the Gershwin Theatre for Wicked - So good!

Upside down, no flash, self taken family photo...awesome. 
Grand Central Station
Before we headed off to our second show (Friday night), we all went to Ellen's Stardust Diner. This is where many aspiring Broadway performers work and sing their way to Broadway.

Reid's not a huge fan of Mary Poppins, so he headed over to the Phantom of the Opera to enjoy his own show!

I couldn't get over the theatre, the sets, Bert dancing on the roof, and Mary flying off the stage. I still can't.

Uh, my only picture of Carnegie. Lame. 

After the show at Carnegie, we all went on a boat cruise down the Hudson.

 I did some major photo editing on this, just so you can see that I was actually there (um, my family is terrible, terrible at photo taking...therefore, I'm on the right of every self portrait!) 

Yup, finally a family photo!
 Our last day, the Sunday, we went to the Brooklyn Tabernacle. It was a fitting way to end our time there. I'm so in love with church that sing, truly sing, and don't hold back in there worship. It was great!

Again, no photos of the actual church...sorry!
And that was NYC, until next time. ;)


  1. *LOVE* the updates and pictures. One day I will make it to NYC and check out the shows. Until then, I choose to live vicariously through you :)

  2. Looks like you had an awesome trip! The city looks so colourful!

    I find it amusing that Tim Horton's has to specify that it's a "coffee and bake shop" on the sign. I guess it really hasn't caught on in the US!

    And I would love a library like that. Yay for Canadian accents! I can sometimes identify when someone is from the US, but I'm not that good. It's impressive that the dude was able to peg you so well.