Sunday, June 29, 2008


Oh, hello.

I hope none of you actually avenged my death, because as it turns out, I survived, so that would be kind of awkward. Anyway, Becca and I had a fabulous time together last weekend. I think she was a tiny bit disappointed with the city at first ("It's a lot like San Francisco." Yes, in that it is a city and it has homeless people and garbage...), but as we saw more she really liked it, and we are already discussing the cute apartment we will share in the Village someday. Heh.

Anyway, I feel like there isn't a really interesting way to catalog everything we did in one post, since we did a lot. But here's the rundown, and if you want, you can go straight to the photos here.

  • Rockefeller Center - We tried, unsuccessfully, to get into Conan on standby. At least it wasn't raining like it was when I tried with Jeff.
  • World Trade Center/Ground Zero - I am always amazed at how huge it is. We also saw the plans for the new tower that's being built.
  • St. Paul's chapel
  • Trinity Church
  • Wall Street - Becca was in love with Wall Street. "There's just... so much MONEY here!"
  • Staten Island Ferry
  • Battery Park
  • Grand Central
  • New York Milkshake Company - best grilled cheese sandwiches EVER. And I know grilled cheese sandwiches. Becca got American with ham, I got cheddar with bacon. Delicious.
  • United Nations - somehow I didn't take pictures as we strolled by? Oh well.
  • Times Square
  • Chinatown - here, we went in search of filming locations from Flight of the Conchords, including Bret and Jemaine's apartment, the fake New Zealand Embassy, and Dave's Pawn Shop. Side note: we did this when Jeff was here as well, and someday I will tell you the amazing story of how I found the exact location of Bret's angry dance scene in the season finale episode. Also, Becca decided that some Chinese food is gross.
  • Little Italy - We went to a restaurant that one of my coworkers had recommended, that's owned by a guy that produced The Sopranos (my coworker used to work on that show in LA). We ate dinner next to this guy.
  • While I worked, Becca did the Circle Line tour and rested her little feet. She met me at the office at 5 and we walked down to Bleecker Street to experience a little bit of Greenwich Village and find some food. We ended up picking a random place that turned out to be awesome! Becca had a chicken caesar salad, and I got some excellent macaroni and cheese (yes, people, I love cheese) and we kept being amazed at how delicious it was. We also saw Jean Grey strolling around.
  • Beard Papa's - As luck would have it, this cream puff (and other desserts) place was right next door to the restaurant we'd chosen. I LOVED this place in London, and I knew there was one on the Upper West Side, but this was a pleasant surprise.
  • Columbus Circle - with some time to spare before the show, we got off at Columbus Circle because I think it's cool (Becca immediately recognized it from Enchanted), and then walked to the theatre.
  • WICKED - It's a great feeling when you plan and try really hard to get good seats to a show and you hope the person you're with likes it as much as you do, and then they turn to you at intermission and say, "This is the best. Show. EVER!" Heh. She also loved Kerry Ellis.
  • Times Square, again - I wanted Becca to experience the wall-to-wall people she was expecting from NYC. Times Square on a Friday night is a good time to do that.
  • Columbia - we walked around this area a bit, mostly to see the outside of Tom's Restaurant, which features in Seinfeld.
  • Cathedral of St. John the Divine
  • Crepes on Columbus - AMAZING. See photos.
  • Central Park - Belvedere Castle - Bethesda Fountain (we almost staged our own reenactment of "That's How You Know" from Enchanted)
  • 5th Avenue
  • Tiffany & Co. - I'll take the $700K engagement ring, please. Also, their bathrooms are really nice (this is important, because it is no easy task finding a bathroom in Manhattan, believe me).
  • Trump Tower
  • FAO Schwartz
  • Grimaldi's - this little pizza place under the Brooklyn Bridge is purported to be the best pizza in NYC (as so many are). Having only eaten there once before, I was concerned I might have hyped it up too much, since the line to get in was an hour long and we were already really tired (we passed the time playing Harry Potter Guessing Game and listening to Wicked on my iPod). But then our pizza came and Becca took a bite, and the look of bliss on her face chased all my anxiety away. We were in heaven. By the time we realized we should have taken a picture of our pizza, we had eaten the entire thing.
  • The Promenade - nice view of the Manhattan skyline.
  • Brooklyn Bridge - walking back to Manhattan across the bridge was the perfect end to our sightseeing. It was a beautiful, warm night with a nice breeze, and the city lights looked gorgeous. Becca said, "If I lived here I would do this once a week." I might need to take that into consideration.


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  2. I'm going to need you to write this all down with directions on how to get everywhere (it's been a long time since I've been there) and then if you so desire, you can join Kambria and I as we recreate your sisterly experience.

  3. now *I* want to come visit you! and you ate dinner next to Big Pussy! no seriously - that was his name.

  4. Um all I have to say is that if I ever come visit NYC, you will be my tour guide. You sure did a heck of a lot of stuff...although since I don't really know NYC all that much, all those things could have been right next to each other. But still...anyway, love the pictures. Looks like you guys had a lotta lot of fun!

  5. Yay! I'm so glad you love Crepes on Columbus! One of my faves! We'll have to hit it up sometime!

    Oh yes -- and Starbucks is always a good place for bathrooms!

  6. Well, crap...if anyone asks, I didn't avenge anything...

    Glad you guys had fun. Mabes was sad to see Becca go, but when she learned that Becca was going to visit Auntie Bora, the blow was softened. It was like she knew of the good times and cheese to be had.

    Oh, and I like that you catalog everything you ate. I'm not joking.

  7. laura, i feel that you should know that i read your blog quite faithfully. this post makes me want to quit my job and move in next door to you. sooooo fun! =D

  8. Nice pics! I checked out the album of Becca's visit. Well, dang, now I just have to visit you in NYC. Sadly, our paths will not cross in San Francisco. I'll be leaving the 7th. Drat!



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