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NYC Baby

2010 October 5
by Folgate
During my 23rd/24th week of pregnancy, we hopped on a plane and went to NYC.  Our anniversary was originally in July, however, we had prior engagements with my family reunion, so we decided an October trip to NYC would be a perfect time to celebrate 5 years of WONDERFUL marriage.  We left bright and early Friday morning and arrived into a rainy NYC.  Seeing as how I am pregnant, we opted to take a taxi into the city instead of the subway.  Let's just say it was a wild ride, and that our Asian taxi driver still thought he lived in China, where honking at everything and anything is appropriate and that speeding up quickly and slamming on the breaks is the norm.  We arrived at our hotel in the South Street Seaport and quickly went to feed the pregnant belly at our favorite pizza place Grimaldi's which is right under the Brooklyn Bridge.  After Pizza, we of course had to go to the pier and eat ice cream, which was awesome.  We then decided to swing on down to the TKTS booth the get some tickets to a Broadway show.  Erik and I have always wanted to see Wicked, but those tickets are never on sale at the TKTS booth.  As luck would have it, there was a Chinese Festival in Midtown and so a merchant was selling discount tickets out in the seaport area.  We got a great deal, but we were a little skeptical at first.  But after much reassurance from the actual TKTS people that this guys was legit we ran to the bank and bought the tickets.  Wicked was AMAZING!  Seriously, the best broadway show I have ever seen, and if you haven't seen it, you definitely should.  The night ended up being gorgeous, and minus the fact that we thought we were going to be late and therefore had to run up the Subway steps and change my shoes to heels in the lobby, it was great! On Saturday we decided to spend the day with Timmy, after we ventured to Chelsea Market.  He took us around park slope (which is like the Manhattan of Brooklyn) and we went walking in Prospect Park, which is like Central Park, just more family oriented.  It could not have been a more gorgeous day.  That night we hunted down a place known as the Blind Pig (classy) to watch the UF game and ate some great food.  The outcome of the game was a slight disappointment, but we had fun nonetheless.  However, that great food did not agree with me later on that night, and I swear I felt like I was having contractions.  Luckily, everything passed and I felt good the next morning. Sunday was a lazy day, and we slept in pretty late.  We then ventured into the Upper East Side in search of a cafe our friends had told us about, only to discover it was either closed down or moved location.  It was probably not the best idea to let the pregnant girls sugar drop low, because I had my very first hormonal pregnancy cry-fest.  For some reason, I was becoming very anxious and hungry at the same time, and of course there were no restaurants in site.  Luckily a street vendor was up the road and Erik ran across and grabbed a pretzel and a sprite.  I sat down on a park bench and for no reason just burst out crying.  I think I scared Erik a little, and I am pretty sure we got some crazy stares of people thinking Erik had been rude to me in some way.  I don't know why it happened, but I couldn't stop.  Finally I ate the pretzel and drank some sprite and was all better.  Those darn pregnancy hormones creep up on you at the most unexpected times.  After the crying, we ventured into the Central Park Zoo which was very fun, and they had these Sea Lions that were hilarious (see pics below).  Later we went to Church at Redeemer and heard Tim Keller speak, and then by recommendations we went to the Levain's Bakery.  THE BEST COOKIE I HAVE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE.  Seriously, everyone and there mother should go to this place.  Then we met up with Tim for a quick bite, a comedy show, and more dessert at a place called the Chocolate Room.  Florida is in need of some real NYC Bakeries. Sadly, Monday came and it was rainy out.  We met Tim for lunch and then decided to head to the airport early to see if we could catch the flight prior to our scheduled flight.  We took the Subway in and made great time, however, the Air Train was down, so we had to hop on a shuttle and then get on another entrance to the Air Train to take us into the airport.  It took us 45 min to complete a trip on the Air Train that should have taken 10 min.  We obviously missed the earlier flight.  But wait, as luck would have it, the earlier flight was delayed until 6pm and we were able to hop on.  But it was not that easy, the flight finally boarded at 6:45pm and sat on the runway for ~90mins.  We finally made it home at 11:30pm (should have originally been home at 8:30pm) and went quickly to bed since I had to be at work at 7am the next morning.  What was I thinking? Overall, we had a blast.  We did, however, realize that we do enjoy the quieter lifestyle of Florida and of our home.  It felt good to be in a place where people didn't honk for no reason.  But don't get us wrong, we still love NYC, and will visit quite often.  There is something magical about it.  And plus, I need more cookie and chocolate fixes! Baby Boy had a lot of firsts on this trip which include: First Airplane Ride, First Trip to NYC, First Broadway Show, First Trip to the Zoo, and First Time on the Subway!  He is so spoiled!

Subway to Wicked

Tickets and PlayBill

You are now leaving OZ

Outside the Theatre

Chelsea Market

Central Park Zoo

The Zoo

The Lazy Sea Lion

Baboons

Best Friends

BEST COOKIE EVER

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