So we tried a pastrami sandwich at Katz’s Deli…

And it was pretty good.

We definitely either wanted to try Katz’s Deli or Carnegie Deli.  We didn’t necessarily have a preference but a scene from, “When Harry Met Sally” was filmed at Katz’s Deli so that won out.

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Here are some shots of the inside.

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It was definitely crowded and lots of customers coming in and just picking up food to go. 

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Very close to our table was this pic of Mike Logan and Lennie Briscoe.  Yes, I know that is their name on the show and they are just actors but that’s how I know them.

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Here’s the menu and when we walked in we were given this blue ticket thing.  The blue ticket thing wasn’t ever clearly explained to us but we were told to hang onto it.

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The waitress brought to the table a plate of cucumbers and pickles.  And even though they were basically the same size, the cucumbers tasted like cucumbers and the pickles tasted like pickles.  I’m assuming there was some different process or pickling involved but either way they both tasted good.

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So the waitress comes up to the table and said, and I quote, “Whaddya want?”.  And that’s how she took our order…haha!!  We asked about the pastrami sandwich and since we’d never had one she brought us a sample.  She let us know that one sandwich was more than enough to share so that’s what we ordered.  At $18.75 for one sandwich I sure hope it was big.

And it was.

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That’s just my half of the sandwich!!  Loaded with meat…actually a little too much meat but it definitely filled us up.

On our way out I had to take a pic of “Where Harry Met Sally”.  In case you aren’t familiar with the scene, CLICK HERE.

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A close-up of the sign.

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I also saw some vintage looking signs on the way out.

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I’m curious to know what liver puffs are.  I may have to google that.

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Not sure what the “No Connection with any other store” means but I’ll assume there is some drama and you can just save that for your mama.

Back to the blue ticket that we were told to hang onto.

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Apparently it had something to do with paying for our meal as this was written on the back.

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And a super important thing to note is they only take cash!

After our meal we decided to try and find a place to have a cannoli.  We found a quiet little place and shared a vanilla and a chocolate one. 

And yes, they were yummy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Have you ever been?  What did you order?  Did you have what she had?  😉

(((hugs))) ~lisa

A Tour of The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty was an obvious stop for us while exploring NYC.

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The day we went was windy and a bit cold.  I was still very excited to finally see Lady Liberty in person.

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The strong cold wind was really trying to make my hair go cray cray!

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Even M looked a little cold!

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We are getting closer!

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Once we arrived we headed inside because I was a little chilly.  We were able to see the original torch.

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And then we headed up to the pedestal.  We tried to get tickets to the Crown access but the website said it was sold out.  I was a little bummed about that but maybe next time!

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Heading back down the stairs.

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Some pics from down below.

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Of course we had to take a selfie.

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Just being silly. 😉

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The gift shop had cool door handles.

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The tickets for the Statue of Liberty were $18 for me and $14 for M since he is a Senior Citizen.  Unfortunately, even though it’s a National Park they did not honor our National Parks Pass. 

We took the ferry to Ellis Island and you know, I thought that Ellis Island was going to be different.  Some of the artifacts were not on display due to the hurricanes but it was still fun to say we had been there.  

I think I was thinking that it was going to be like in the movie Hitch where there was a book and you could flip the pages.  But apparently it was never like that.  The pages were much longer and they had so many pages that they would have filled up like 15 train cars.  The NP Ranger told us that they microfiched the records and then burned them.  That made me a little sad but they did have a genealogy are which was cool. 

Plus I was able to get a smooshed penny.

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And two cool patches.

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And an awesome mini statue.

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Have you ever been?  Did you take any great pics or have any great stories to share?

(((hugs))) ~lisa 

Toys R Us Ferris Wheel and M&M World

We made a quick stop in Toys R Us.  Toy stores are always a fun place to visit and this one was no exception.

They had a Statue of Liberty – made out of Legos

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And The Empire State Building out of Legos.  I seriously think the folks that make these things must have a lot of patience.  I don’t have that much patience to make something that would take that much time.

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We spotted a Michelangelo mask.  Our grandson is crazy about the Ninja Turtles so whenever we see Ninja Turtle stuff it reminds us of him!

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And that had this robotic dinosaur that was kind of cool.  It was like Jurassic Park in a way.  And the eyes on it kind of creeped me out a bit.

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A super awesome thing is that the Toys R Us has an indoor Ferris wheel!

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M taking a pic of me taking a pic of him. 

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Y’all *know* I had to get my smooshed penny!

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We had a good time and then we headed to M&M world.

Elvis has apparently *not* left the building. 

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What M&M are you?

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My color mood was Peanut Butter Mix.  I’m good with that.

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What will M be?

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As it turns out he is brown. 

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Now isn’t this cute??

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And another smooshed penny opportunity.

 

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My mom looks for money when she goes walking so anytime we see money on the ground we take a pic of ourselves picking it up and send it to my mom.  Feel free to take a pic of yourself doing the same and send a pic to her…haha!

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Yeah, I have no idea why M has his jacket half on and half off. 

Whoa!!!  The Property Brothers!!

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Another fun day in NYC.

(((hugs))) ~lisa

Our Empire State Building Experience

I seriously wish we could afford to travel all the time.  I absolutely love to explore new cities.

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Anytime I see a mail box or a post office, it reminds me of my husband who is a retired letter carrier.

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Views from the top!

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One cool thing was the fact that The Empire State Building has a manual elevator. 

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It was another great day exploring NYC!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

 

Our Top of the Rock Experience

After our super cool Good Morning America experience, we headed to check out Rockefeller Center. 

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We tried to take a selfie before going inside and this was the first shot.

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Bless his heart…at least he’s handsome!!  I guess technically that is a true selfie but not the one we were going for.

Truth be told, I stink at taking selfies so it’s almost always my hubby doing the picture taking.  Plus, he has longer arms which is a definite need for a good selfie.

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The Prometheus sculpture in front of Rockefeller Center.

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The views from the top of the Rock!!

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The Empire State Building.

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My very handsome husband.

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Just me!  🙂

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More views…

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Central Park straight ahead.

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Us just having some fun!

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If you’d like to take a tour and go to the top of Rockefeller Center then CLICK HERE

After we finished taking in all the awesome views we headed out and right across the street is St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

It’s currently being renovated. 

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We spotted this totally awesome mailbox while walking back to the hotel.  Love me some Sponge Bob Square Pants!!

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We stopped to eat at John’s Pizzeria and it was really yummy!!  We split a salad and small pizza and it was more than enough for two!

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Another really fun day in NYC!!  Tune in to see who else we met on our trip!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

Fun on 5th Avenue

One of the coolest things to do in NYC is to go shopping on 5th Avenueshopping on 5th Avenue.  We headed that way on Easter Sunday so some of the stores were closed but that was okay because there were tons of people walking around with awesome hats on that they wore for the Easter Parade! 

We passed by Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Fendi, Joe Fresh (a JCP brand) and Prada

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Tons of great shopping options!  Most are out of my price range but it sure is fun to look at all the eye candy as you walk down 5th Avenue.

We also saw Tiffany & Co.  We didn’t buy anything from there this that day because they were closed but coming soon you will see what my hubby did buy me! 

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We passed a ton of shops and then finally stopped and went in Trump Tower.

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YOU’RE FIRED!!!

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The view from one of the Trump Tower Gardens

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And there were a lot of street performers out and about entertaining folks for tips.

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Then we came across FAO Schwarz!!  Ohhhh.Emmm.Geee!!!

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The clock as you go down the escalator.

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At the top of the escalator they had this original sale ledger.  Very cool to see.

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They had all kinds of toys.  Nearly every toy imaginable and they of course had Barbies!

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And my favorite Barbie picture…mostly because of the handsome man photo bombing in the background.  😉

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Those of you old enough to remember the movie, “Big”, will know why we stopped here.

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You had to wait in a line and then get your pic taken in front of a green backdrop before they would let you play on the big piano.  Of course it was to try and get you to purchase a pic but we didn’t.  We took our own pics!

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If you are saying to yourself….WHAT AM I MISSING!  There was a movie in 1988 called Big where a boy wishes to be big at a magic fortune teller machine named Zoltar (click HERE to watch that), he wakes up the next morning and finds himself in an adult body.  There’s a scene with Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia where they stumble across a big piano in FAO Schwarz.  You can watch the clip by clicking HERE.

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After we were done playing I had my hubby take a pic next to Zoltar

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While we were in the store we shopped a little for our grandson Ben.  Oh me, oh my that little man LOVES the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  My daughter-in-law hadn’t found the shell for his back yet so we bought that and a talking ninja. 

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Ben received the package yesterday and here’s his response.  He really thought it was the greatest thing ever.  🙂

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Of course he had to try on his turtle shell.

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And then he sent a video to Nana (me) and Poppy (my husband) which you can watch by CLICKING HERE!  🙂

And last but not least I can’t forget to mention that there was a smooshed penny opportunity in FAO Schwarz!!

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That was our fun on 5th Avenue!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner at Sardi’s and some Times Square fun

We freshened up and headed out the door to Sardi’s for dinner. 

As we arrived we spotted our very first NYPD car!  Not quite the same as what the Law & Order characters drive but close enough! 

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If you notice there is some “stuff” right outside the car door.  The cop was eating sunflower seeds and throwing the shells out the window.  I’m pretty sure that’s littering and I should have made a citizen’s arrest, right? 

Also on the way we saw steam coming out of the manhole covers.  May not be exciting to y’all but I’d never seen that and thought it was cool. 

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We arrived at Sardi’s early for our reservation but they went ahead and seated us.  I recommend making a reservation as seating, especially before and after the shows, fills up fast. 

In the heart of New York’s Theater District, Sardi’s has been the toast of Broadway for 90 years. Located at 234 West 44th Street the restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Late supper is served from Tuesday through Saturday.

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Here I am in front of some of the caricatures that cover the walls.

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And a shot of my handsome hubby.

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One thing that I remembered from my younger days was that Kermit the Frog was in the movie, The Muppets Take Manhattan and there is a scene that was filmed in Sardi’s.  Kermit the Frog is portrayed as a mustachioed Broadway producer and he took down Liza Minnelli’s caricature and replaced it with his own.  Here’s the scene: Kermit in Sardi’s

They still have the caricature up and it’s located upstairs near the restroom.

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Who knows who this caricature is of?

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For those that are interested, I consider the price of food in NYC to be a bit on the expensive side.  Our dinner at Sardi’s for two entrees, 2 sodas and 2 desserts came to $98 including tip.  Notice we did not have any adult beverages and it was still high!  It was our first night in NYC, we knew going in that Sardi’s was a bit expensive so we decided to splurge a little.

After dinner we went off to explore Times Square for a bit.

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My very handsome husband. 

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We actually made it up on the jumbotron!

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That’s us in the center at the very back of the crowd.  The guy in the green jacket is to our right in the pic.

Remember when I mentioned “characters” on Times Square?  Well, we ran into my favorite, Cookie Monster, and I took a pic with him!  I knew they expected a tip so as my husband reached to get it Cookie Monster says a $5 or $10 will do…say WHAT??  FIVE or TEN DOLLARS??  Are you crazy?  I don’t think so scooter.  We gave him $2 and thanked him for his time.  I get that they are trying to make some money but c’mon. 

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We were having a blast!

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First 1/2 day in NYC was a success!!  More fun to come.

(((hugs))) ~lisa