Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Start Spreading the News!

Sommer and I headed to NYC a few weeks ago for an amazing adventure.  Not only did we accomplish seeing so many things...we were able to do it on the CHEAP!

2 round trip tickets on the Bus: $40
Marriott Points donated for hotel from In-Laws
Winning Lottery Tickets for Newsies: $60
Sommer finally using all of her birthday gift cards for shopping
Free Breakfast at Hotel (due to construction)

It was simply a blast and even better that it didn't cost a fortune.

I love living so close to such wonderful sites!

Here we are on day one taking a walk through Bryant Park. The weather was amazingly warm...the entire city was there...basking in the sun! Behind Sommer is NYC Public Library.

Here we are posing outside the library!

The architecture was beautiful with verandas, paintings and arches.

After leaving such a beautiful spot, we headed to Time's Square. There we found out Mario was simply a man (who needed some fresh air).

We so wanted to get lottery tickets to Wicked...but so did 300 other people. Only 13 were chosen for the $26 dollar tickets. This was the one thing we absolutely HAD to do on our trip so I had subbed an extra few days. After losing the lottery, we quickly went to the ticket window and ended up getting FAB seats at a FAB price (much better than the many searches I did online).

Here we are in front of the theatre.

Our view from our front row mezzanine. The seats were amazing minus the bar in front of us (you can see the bars on the bottom right)

Saturday morning, I ran from our hotel to Central Park. I have been wanting to take a run in the park forever...
There were some amazing views of the city!

Sommer and I couldn't wait to shop! And shop we did! Here Sommer is at Forever 21 with all 5 floors of  fun!

Our hotel was closed to Saturday morning we tried their lottery. Lucky us, Sommer's name was drawn second!  We ended up getting seats right up front. We loved being so close to the action (including the actor that was spitting as he attempted to speak with a New York accent).

We also made the long trek to Dylan's Candy Bar.  Three floors of every type of candy one could ever want.  The only problem I had with this store (and I LOVE candy) was the price! I mean, seriously...$12.99 a lb?!  As I placed fun sweets into little bags, I kept thinking, "I have seen this same candy at Target!"  But it was a must do, must see, and decidedly a must purchase...and the boys loved it!
This picture is taken of the stairs...yep...all real candy.
Here we are on the billboard of Time Square...on the bottom left you will see a red umbrella. Sommer is directly to the right of its bottom.
We had a blast at the Stardust Cafe!  Future Broadway stars, wait on tables as well as entertain the guests with amazing musical numbers performed on the tables!  We loved it!
On our last day, we stopped at Junior's bakery for the highly talked about Cheesecake.  Boy howdy was it good! We both decided on Red Velvet...

On our trek to Dylan's, we stopped by Abercrombie  to give Sommer the opportunity to check out their summer collection...okay not really.  We went into the front doors, took picture with this lovely gentleman modeling their "summer" wear (?), and left.

Thanks Sommer for a GREAT time!

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