This past week was a whirlwind of fun and exploration. My mom absolutely loves the morning talk show, LIVE with Kelly and Michael, so we decided to surprise her with tickets to the show on her birthday! My family and I took a flight out to New Jersey and then we took an Uber to get over to New York. I totally recommend using an Uber for longer car travel in NYC. It is so affordable compared to some of the taxi fares.
Once we arrived in the city, we checked into our hotel, the Holiday Inn at Midtown on 57th. It was our second time staying at this Holiday Inn and we loved it. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful! From there, we grabbed lunch at this quaint cafe, REX. I love the dinosaur logo and if you stop by, definitely try out their chicken verde sandwich…it’s delicious!
Our first afternoon in NYC was filled with a trip to Times Square, a subway ride to the Flatiron district, and a quick tour of Rent the Runway to search for bridesmaids dresses for my upcoming wedding. We stopped at the most amazing store, Eataly, to indulge in gelato and enjoy the ambience of the marketplace. That evening we visited my godmother and friends in Brooklyn, and then it was off to bed to get ready for the LIVE with Kelly and Michael Show.
The show was so much fun! Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa are so funny and kind. They took multiple photos with my mom for her birthday, and my dad almost got to be their trivia dancer for the show. I highly recommend getting free tickets to talk shows in NY! It’s a great way to see everything that happens behind the scenes of shows, plus it’s free and fun to be in a live studio audience!
That evening we ended up going to see Gloria Estefan’s broadway musical play, On Your Feet! at the Marquis Theater. The music was fantastic and the cast did a phenonmal job. We scored half off tickets through groupon but I did see that they were also offering discounted tickets through the Red Tickets counter in Times Square.
On our third day in NYC, we went to see The View. The School of Rock was performing live at the show and we won free tickets to one of their performances! For lunch we had a traditional style pizza and indulged in cupcakes at the Magnolia Bakery near Columbus Circle. We took a leisurely stroll through Central Park and threw snowballs at each other. The snow was beautiful! In the evening we went to a Puerto Rican restaurant, Don Coqui, for delcious food and late night dancing in their lounge area.
We visited Ground Zero and the Freedom Tower on Saturday, our last day in the city. The memorial fountains were absolutely stunning and the museum was beautiful. We also took a walk down memory lane as my parents showed my brother and I places where they grew up and worked.
Overall it was an unforgettable trip and I can’t wait to go back. I love New York and all of its rich architecture, history, and amazing sight seeing spots.