Saturday June 2nd
We departed Toronto on Porter Airlines which I totally geeked out about since my maiden name is Porter -- I still say that entitles me to a free ride. Our motley crew consisted of Gwen, Nicole, Jenn, Cait and myself (our other roommate, Sarah, was taking a bus to New York). Cait had come in from Nova Scotia the night before (flight from hell) and Gwen had never flown before (yup Porter popped her cherry) so we knew this was going to be a fun trip.
|Don't judge we were sleepy!|
Arrived at Newark Airport and after much confusion finally hopped in a truly expensive cab ride. Cost me and Jenn $90 - so kids if you are going to Manhattan, I suggest save yourself some cash and go in to LaGuardia. Got into our New Jersey cab (so disappointed dude didn't have the accent) and the highlight was going through the Lincoln Tunnel (Jenn was less than impressed with my tales of the tunnel in the Stand -- seems talking about dead smelly people in a dark crowded tunnel slightly creeps people out)
Nicole, Cait and Gwen went with a friend of Nicole's family and than we all met up at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers. Since I was stupid excited I dragged our group out right away. They probably wanted to kill me for this, but guessing they were just being polite.
Dragged them to the New York Public Library (My new happy place -- Call me Nathan do I have something to show you LOL) I almost cried when I saw the lions and took thousands of pictures of them. The place is truly beautiful, and there was actually a wedding reception being held there that night. (Wonder if I can convince Jeff to get married again) Thanks to Obi Jen Kenobi for directing us where to go and for putting up with our teasing. Only disappointments were that I couldn't spend the day there and that most rooms you couldn't take pictures in. Also bitchiest salesperson EVER ever in the Library store. So tempted by the Library lion bookends -- but they were just under $200 and HEAVY! (nudge nudge family -- best bday gift ever - just sayin)
We then headed over to Grand Central Terminal which is like a bigger, cleaner, version of Union Station. Saw the Chrysler building from a distance (we didn't have time this trip to check it out) We also briefly checked out Times Square which is just plain bright, bold and beautiful. Heard about the naked cowboy, but didn't manage to catch a glimpse of him.
|Grand Central Terminal|
For dinner that night we went to Ellen's Stardust Diner. It was a wonderful place to eat (food was so so -- cept for the New York Cheesecake which was DIVINE!) and I highly recommend going there if you are in New York.
Hit the Hotel that night and after doing my situps (Had promised the trainer) I passed out on the comfy bed. Our room was pretty small but comfortable and the shower was heavenly (Not a good bathing tub though -- unless you were a toddler)