Well the long awaited day had finally come. We landed in NYC at JFK airport, and had our first cab ride in New York. As soon as we landed, I got a text from Bekki, saying she was still in Phoenix (she was supposed to land when we did). She was just getting ready to leave as we were landing. So we got into our cab to meet Russ (who was already there for business), and low and behold, we got a flat tire on the parkway. Little bit scary, but our cabbie had it changed in a flash. We met Russ at the hotel and checked in, The Rennaissance Hotel in Times Square was gorgeous, as was Times Square. Wow. The three of us went to Katz's Deli (made famous for that certain scene in When Harry Met Sally) and had some amazing brisket sandwiches and split pea soup. Yum. Bekki finally arrived, Yay, and we hit the town, taking in sites near the hotel. We got cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery, where we saw......drum roll.....Tina Fey! Makeupless, wearing yellow rainboots and surrounded by an entourage. She clearly didn't want to be noticed. It was pretty cool though.
The next morning we were off and going to Central Park! I was so looking forward to this part of the trip, and it did not disappoint. the weather was beautiful, the cherry blossoms were everywhere, the nannies were out in droves with their charges, and we were in picture taking heaven.
Then it was on to the Met, where we saw a beautiful, yet creepy display from designer Alexander McQueen. We moved on to Egyptian artifacts, Roman statues, real armor from knights, and a million other fascinating things.
We were a little disappointed when we went to the United Nations building, and the flags weren't flying. But at least we could say we'd been there.
Then we went into Little Italy, picked a random little place to eat, and ran into an old friend from high school. It was so strange out of all the places in New York, we just happened to be at the same one, at the same time. Dinner was good, we of course were loud and laughing the whole time (we only got a couple dirty looks).