After a fabulous Friday in New York City, Alex and I made our way south from her apartment in the Upper East Side to the Financial District. Our first stop was the Brooklyn Bridge. We chatted while strolling along the iconic landmark, which is a lot longer than it looks! Luckily it was a gorgeous morning with wonderful company.
Next we ventured to the South Street Port TKTS stand — this location, as opposed to the uber-popular one in Times Square, offers tickets for the following day’s matinees AND opens a whopping four hours earlier. We were hoping to get tickets to The King & I because my parents couldn’t stop raving about it, and neither Alex nor I had ever seen it live. Upon reaching the front of the line, much to our dismay, tickets were still outrageously expensive. We decided on Finding Neverland instead, which Alex eagerly agreed to see again and came with high regard from Liz and Warren, as well. After a tasty lunch, we stopped by Wall Street and saw my buddy George Washington at the site of his inauguration.
Our plan, as mapped out by my handy-dandy flow chart (because that’s how I roll), was to then visit the 9/11 Memorial and Mueseum. Unfortunately, we didn’t buy our tickets ahead of time and were told that the next available entry time was several hours later. Alex and I resolved to alter our plans and come back in the morning, so our gears shifted to…shopping!
There are few things I love more in this world than deals, so Alex knew she had to take me to Century 21, a department store of discounts that’s basically one giant TJ Maxx. We perused (and purchased), then made our way uptown to the big kahuna — Macy’s. ICYMI, Macy’s is THE place to be at Christmastime — between the “Yes, Viriginia” window displays, entire floor dedicated to holiday decor and giant mailbox to Santa, Macy’s is ebulliently festive. Oh, and basically all of Manhattan was squeezed inside the mega building….it was crowds unlike I’ve ever seen……until it got worse on 5th Avenue…..
Picture this: a mob of mindless tourists who don’t know where they’re walking, distracted by a giant lights display on the side of a building, stopping to take selfies while pushing passed the carts selling street meat and knock-off designer bags. Have a clear image? If not, just picture that scene in Independence Day when everyone is congregating for the alien’s arrival while Vivica A. Fox fights her way upstream. We were Vivica A. Fox. It was maddening and absolute carnage…but hey, I guess it did give us time to look at all the spectacular window and lights displays….Saks Fifth Avenue had a spectacular “winter palace” inspired lights show and Bloomingdale’s even had a photo-booth!