Saturday, March 5, 2016

NYC - Day 3

We didn't have anywhere to be til early afternoon on Saturday,
so we had a nice lazy morning & then headed off to the
main branch of the New York Public Library.

It's such a beautiful building with amazing architectural details inside & out.
(And it's very recognizable if you've ever seen Ghostbusters!)

Fortitude the Lion

detailing of the exterior walls

detailing of the front door

view as you walk in the front door

Look at that tiled ceiling!

the Salomon Room

and the Dorot Jewish Division Room

They have a gift shop on the first floor where I bought a few souvenirs

and contributed to their What Are You Reading Now wall.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls #readnypl
(Excellent book by the way!)

When we finished at the library, we split up. This was the first trip to NYC for both Molly & me, so we decided to go to Central Park while everyone else went on a Seinfeld tour.

We had to walk about 15 blocks north on 5th Avenue to get to Central Park. So on the way, we stopped at a few places... 

As we neared the 5th Avenue entrance, we were approached by a pedicab driver. He offered to take us on a tour of Central Park. At first we refused, but once he showed us everywhere that he would take us & dropped the price significantly, we agreed. And I'm glad we did because he ended up being an awesome tour guide!
Here's what we saw...

The Plaza Hotel

the Bethesda Fountain 

and the Bethesda Terrace
(where Chuck & Blair got married on the final episode of Gossip Girl. Just being there makes me want to rewatch the whole show!!! Hopefully it's still on Netflix!)

and the beautiful tiled ceiling inside the terrace. 

And while we were there this group was singing.

432 Park Avenue, the tallest residential building in NYC

The Cherry Hill Fountain

The Lake & the San Remo Towers in the background

Bow Bridge

Strawberry Fields

And the John Lennon Imagine Memorial

The entrance to the Dakota where John Lennon was shot.

Sheep Meadow covered in snow!

Tavern on the Green

And the Maine Monument at Columbus Circle.

We saw all that & more & only covered the southern half of the park.
Definitely need to go again & see the other half!

We had our pedicab driver drop us off at Nobu, 
a sushi restaurant co owned by Robert DeNiro, 

where we ate a late lunch.

Shortly thereafter, we met back up with the rest of the group
& walked around Times Square.

and went to the Hershey store

where Susan bought Molly a personalized chocolate bar

and had a birthday greeting added to the marque!

As we were walking back to our hotel, we came across this cute statue! There was also a Love one close to our hotel, but I didn't get a picture of that one.

Since we had all loved School of Rock, we wanted to see another show. So we went to the TKTS booth to try to get tickets. But since it was a Saturday night, there were limited seats available.

So we ended up going with an off Broadway showed called Perfect Crime.

Unfortunately, it was not great and I could barely hear the actress in the show.
But oh well, they can't all be winners!

Even though the show wasn't great, I had had another wonderful day in NYC!

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