New York City, NY: A Whirlwind Weekend

When I was a little girl, I dreamed of a life in the big city. In this imaginary life, I lived in fabulous row house, ran around in high heels, and worked in a high-powered job. And if I couldn’t have that, then I at least wanted to visit NYC and pretend to be those things! Well….I finally got my chance! Of course, my visions didn’t exactly align…Instead of high-powered in heels, I was a dreadlocked, mama from the Midwest in tennis shoes…slinging a nursing 3 year old around the city that never sleeps. Ahhhhh…how life changes. :)

We weren’t alone in our exploration. My sister, Laura and my brother, Scotty…along with Laura’s roommate, Amy, flew into La Guardia on Friday night LATE and we all stayed in one hotel room in Queens. We took the train into Manhattan on Saturday and Sunday and spent the entire two days taking it all in.

New York City. How do you describe it to someone who has never been there? Crowded? Busy? Insane? Dirty? It did live up to all of those descriptions…but it was so much more. It was alive with energy…bustling with talented and creative people who LOVE their city. It IS crowded, but I loved watching every face go by me on the sidewalk. I wondered where they were going and what was going on in their life. There were so many lives intersecting and people interacting everywhere. How can you not LOVE this city? It is also perfectly laid out to live without a car…the subway may be a little dirty, but it’s FABULOUS. I adore the subway. It’s easy, cheap, and fast. There is so much to do. So much to see. So much to take in.

I could go into detail and tell you every little thing and how amazing it was…but then I will have no stories for later :) Plus, there is just no way to put into words all of the sights and sounds and smells. So, I will let you browse the photos to see our adventures in image form (154 photos to be exact…that should be plenty to give you a “picture” of our time there!). Hint…click on “View as Slideshow” to go through them quicker. I have added quite a few captions for this set…so if you want to know more details about our adventures, be sure to click on them individually.

Here are some highlights:
The Subway*Grand Central Station*Times Square*Toys R Us*Rockefeller Center*Central Park*Metropolitan Museum of Art*Trump Tower*Union Square*Green Market*Greenwich Village*Jack’s Coffee*Washington Square Diner*Washington Square*The Arch*NYU*World Trade Center Site and Tribute Center*Chinatown*Little Italy*Ping’s and Dim Sum*Walking the Brooklyn Bridge*Grimaldi’s Pizza*NYC Skyline at Night*FAO Schwartz*

It was exhausting and amazing. When we came back to the hotel each night, we exchanged many back and foot rubs :) But it was so worth all of the walking, leg cramps, and stinky subways…to experience NYC in all it’s glory. What a weekend…I can’t wait to go back!

Photo album with captions here.


  1. I’ve been checking the site, eagerly awaiting your photos. However, when I run the slideshow, I get stuck on the fourth photograph. It could be my computer, but I haven’t gotten stuck following your slideshows of the tour so far.

    Hope you are in a warmer clime by now.
    Brrr it has been cold around here.

    Glad you are back. Watching the tour is a …well it is a delight!

    Comment by Donna — November 12, 2007 @ 7:43 am

  2. WOW!! Sara, you did an absolutely amazing job capturing the magic of NYC in still photos! LOVE the pics–it looks like you guys had a great time!

    Comment by Ellen — November 12, 2007 @ 8:36 am

  3. I’ve missed your posts! I love New York so much, too. I got to spend a lot of time there doing research for my M.A. thesis. It is such an exciting place. I loved walking and going on the subway everywhere — and never worrying about parking. Your photos are wonderful!

    Comment by Laura H. — November 12, 2007 @ 5:27 pm

  4. Yeay! Glad you’re back! Your photos are AMAZING! Yeah, ya gotta love NYC. I feel like a tiny little flea whenever I go there, and I still love it. Could never in a million years live there, but it’s great to visit. Happy to hear you made it out in one piece!

    Comment by Rene — November 14, 2007 @ 7:44 pm

  5. what a wonderful trip keep safe mom

    Comment by mom janssen — November 14, 2007 @ 9:49 pm

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