Saturday, July 6, 2013

New York: The Adventure Begins

New York, New York, a helluva town...
The Bronx is up, but the Battery's down.
The people ride in a hole in the ground.
New York, New York, it's a helluva town!!

Boy, is it ever.

I discovered this while volunteering last winter in the NYC area on behalf of the American Red Cross, because of damage from Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy. I guess all of my phone calls and stories to Hubby about what I was seeing, doing and experiencing while in the Big Apple made an impression – because the next thing I know, Hubby and Daughter had nixed our planned summer vacation to Colorado and begged for a vacation to New York City instead.

Hmmm...let's think about this. Sleeping in a tent in the boonies of Colorado....??? Or sleeping in a 5-star hotel with satin sheets and concierge in New York City?

Um, yeah. If you know me, you know it was a no brainer on what I chose.

The New York City area is HUGE – and planning a vacation that would allow us to see it, taste it, hear it, live it, do it – would be a major undertaking. I ended up planning a ten-day, fun-filled, action-packed adventure…with the hopes of exploring numerous neighborhoods, boroughs, museums, attractions, and shows. Not only did I pick various venues to explore, but I also had to do my homework on how we would get ourselves around…our goal was to avoid using a cab at ANY cost. We’d either hoof it – or ride the subway…so, I had to allow time to get to the various venues and reservations on our schedule. I also had to pray that we wouldn’t get lost. Gah.

Would we make it? Would everything go as planned? Would we have the adventure of a lifetime in the Big Apple?

Or would it be another disaster – along the scale of Hurricane Sandy?

Stay tuned for the next several days – heck, weeks – as I recount what we did…where we went…what we saw…what we ate…whom we met…and along the way, I’ll have photos, tips, links, advice, and stories.

I always have stories.

We'll visit dozens of restaurants, including numerous cupcake shops and bakeries; four Broadway shows; famous landmarks; Wall Street; the 9/11 Memorial; the Brooklyn Bridge; famous shops, and famous Yankee Stadium (where we sit in the dugout!!). Along the way, we'll have encounters with such famous New Yorkers as the Naked Cowboy, Donald Trump, and subway rats (it's pure coincidence that I have Trump and 'rats' in the same sentence, by the way!).

Are you ready???

The Middle Aged Drama Queen proudly presents..."Adventures in the Big Apple."

Let the fun begin!!!




Lisa said...

I am so excited for this!!! NYC is one of my favorite cities ever! I've been 5 times and love it more each time we go. I loved reading about your European vacation on Cruise Critic and can't wait to hear about this one! And because of that review on Cruise Critic, we used Rome In Limo on our recent cruise and they were awesome- totally made our whole vacation!

Barbara Grasso said...

Looking forward to this since I am on the other side of the river in NJ.

If you get a chance check out my European adventures at my Blog

Christy said...

Turns out we were in NYC at the same time, (June 25-28 for me) and I ALSO had a Donald Trump encounter!

I follow your blog after seeing you on CC - loving the NYC reviews :)