Friday, November 16, 2012

labels & love. {nyc: day 3}

you don't get any more New York Tourist than we did on saturday, as we made an entire day out of everything on and around thee ever famed 5th avenue.
dear MM warned us of the staggering lines at the Empire State Building, espeically on a saturday, so we were up and out of Brooklyn by 8...yes EIGHT am.
some vacation huh?!?
we made it to the Empire State Building by 8:30 and waltzed right through all the switchbacks and up 86 stories to get the ultimate view from the top.

now i am not generally afraid of heights.
looking down does nothing to me, especially in NYC where all the other buidlings are just as high, if not higher. so really, you don't feel like you are in the sky, but rather just a few stories about street level.
it is the looking up thing that makes my stomach do flip flops and has me holding on to a railing for dear life.
needless to say, i didn't look up.

after the ESB we hit up Grand Central Terminal to look for Serena Van Der Woodsen and check out the Whispering Wall on the bottom floor.
okay, so actually we had no idea what the Whispering Wall was, but we heard a family talking about it and then very stealthy followed them to it.

then it was time for one of the sites i was most looking forward to on the trip, the New York Public Library.
now i would like to pretend and tell you i was sooo looking forward to this because i have a degree in english and books forever make my heart beat a little faster.
and that is like 1/4 of the way true.
but mainly i was running toward this because it is the location of that almost was but really wasn't wedding of Big & Carrie in the Sex and the City movie.
which either makes me more or less of a cultured human being, depending on how you look at it.

after the library we continued up 5th to Rockefellar Center, which was really fun to see because last time i was in NYC it was covered in snow and twinkle lights and a big Christmas tree.
we went in the Lego Store and watched the skaters skate and then meandered inside of the building until we found lunch and a diet coke.
{are you seeing a theme with my NYC afternoons?!?}

after lunch with Liz Lemon and the gang we went to the famous shoe department of Saks,
and St. Patrick's Cathedral, 

which was full of scaffolding and construction, kind of like every single cathedral i visited when i moved to Europe!
some people joke that once you have seen a cathedral, you have seen them all.
but i never tire of seeing the faith our society still has in a power greater than our own.

after St. Patrick's we walked across the street to the Palace Hotel.  we almost walked right past because of, you guessed it, SCAFFOLDING.
i was a bit sad because the outside courtyard of the Palace is where every major scene of Gossip Girl has ever happened.  but then i walked into the lobby and turned that frown upside down because it is impossible to be sad in a place that looks like, well, like a palace.

hey GG fans, rememeber these stairs? i bet you do.

after a phone charge and reminisce down Gossip Girl lane we headed toward Bloomingdale's and Serendipity.

we got a bit sidetracked by the pretty colors at Dylan's Candy Bar and a quick picture in front of the store 
turned into a  
quick let's go inside so we can tell mom all about it 
turned into a  
let's explore the bottom floor 
turned into a  
ohhh these magnets are on sale, let's buy some 
turned into a  
let's see where these candy steps lead 
turned into a 
let's spend 2 hours here and never ever leave!

in fact, we tried to break free and go to Serendipity for dessert but everything at Dylan's looked so much better so we turned around and went back for some more fun and their version of a frozen hot chocolate.
{don't hate me, it was better than serendipity...gasp!}
it was by FAR one of our best stops on the trip so DO NOT miss out if you ever go.
everyone is happy and eating sugar and they had the best halloween music playing over the loud speaker.
we even had a view of Bloomingdale's for our treat.
done and done.

after Bloomies we headed to my mecca of the world, Bergdorf Goodman.


people have often asked me why i named my blog after this particular store.
my response is always the same: 
it's classy. it's magical. it's the only one in the entire world.
there is something about the one of a kind shopping experience there that has always put me in awe.
there are no cash registers on the floor.
everything is set out like it would be in your home...
from the rows of tables with china to the room of christmas trees filled with decor to the mannequins wearing this season's runway of a kind.
jackie o. got her innaguration dress from Bergdorfs.
and grace kelly dropped in unannounced and sans entourage to purchase her wedding invitations there.
for me, it is 7 stories of gorgeous bliss.

then we ventured to hello kitty land at FAO Schwartz,

visited the ding-dang-dong Plaza Hotel for the mcallisters and kevin,

had a late breakfast with audrey at Tiffany,

and walked past Bendels just to say we did it.

for our final shop stop we got on the subway and went down to the flatiron district for a little bit of Kate.
she was by far and away my favorite shopping experience of the trip.
they were having a friends and family sale and then in true kate spade fashion decided everyone was friends and family so the entire store was THIRTY percent off!
that's customer service if you ask me.
everything was cheerful. everyone was happy. they even had balloons!
caitlin found us immediately and helped us pick out the best christmas prezzie ever for mom, i am counting down the days until she opens it.

that evening we had pizza in times square at this restaurant located in an old chapel.  the food was super yum and the ambiance was gorgeous.
after that we met up with S & B to see NEWSIES!

it was wonderful.
however, my brother and i both agreed we made an unknown mistake by starting with Evita, after that nothing really seemed to compare.
so as much as i loved it, and i really did, it honestly seemed a titch mediocre compared to our show the night before.

and then we headed back to sesame street for a much needed night's sleep to prep for our Brooklyn advendure & Coney Island the next day.

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