Monday, June 30, 2008

finally!

Some pictures from my trip -

These are all from Day 1 - because Day 2 was pure outlet shopping at Woodbury Outlets, and we only had 1/2 day on Day 3 which was spent walking down 5th Avenue. Unfortunately there won't be pictures of people except a couple of me lol, to protect my friends' and the bf's privacy.


Early morning flight from Toronto to Newark Intl Airport.

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On arrival, we took a bus to the PATH station and from there the PATH train to World Trade Centre station:

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The station was right next to Ground Zero. It was a bit sobering seeing how empty the place was. Its so apparent that something big is missing - with all the tall buildings around and a sudden open spot.

Security standing guard at the fence surrounding Ground Zero:

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Another view of the fence surrounding GZ...

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Walked to our hotel, which was a few blocks away. Pic of the lobby:


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Put away our things and started heading to our first stop, Century 21 department store.

Its like a larger version of Winners (Canadians will know what I mean). Lots of mid to high range brands at discounted prices. None of the brands struck my fancy though....I didn't really find it that interesting since its the kind of place you have to take time to browse through.


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Lunchtime came early since we didn't get to the hotel til 10, and didn't leave til almost 11.

I think the place we stopped at was called Cafe Toda. My friends really liked the place. It had a huge selection of food to choose from, and you could either grab and go or sit at the tables upstairs to eat. If there was a place like that where I work that'd be perfect. They had a sandwich counter, hot food bar, salad bar, and lots of other things. The food bars were charged by weight too, about $6.49/lb of food minus the container weight.


Aerial view - the whole ground floor is just the food selection alone and cashier. You pay for your food before heading upstairs to eat.


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After lunch we walked some more up Broadway Street


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Cop car labelled "Department of Homeland Security" in small letters outside McD's. Guess it was lunchtime for them too.


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I think this was part of Chinatown

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Massive painting (? I think) of GTA4

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Stopped for a break in Little Italy:

I had a iced mochaccino and split a tiramisu with my friend:


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I wasn't trying to be cute but somehow the pic came out funny.


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Times Square

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Kebab in a bun...a kebab-dog?

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Spiderman in Toys 'r us

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More Times Square at night:

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Went to Carmine's for dinner. Forgot to take a picture of the actual restaurant exterior because I was so tired by then. It being a Friday night, the place was incredibly packed, we had to wait 45 mins:

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Taken while waiting at the bar to be called for our table.

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Food!

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Going back to the hotel via creepy looking subway system:

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Day 2 - no pictures lol. Well all we did was drive up to Woodbury Outlets and spent the whole day shopping there. We were so focused on shopping that none of us remembered to take any pics in the outlet area, haha.

Some pics from Day 3 - 5th Avenue area

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The Waldorf-Astoria hotel. I wouldn't have thought anything of it, but I felt like taking a pic since it was the hotel featured in the movie Serendipity.

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One more street pic:


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14 comments:

The Faux Fashionista said...

Nice!! I kinda miss NY now that I'm not there anymore...

How long was the bus ride from Newark to the PATH station? How much did you have to pay? Was it a pleasant ride? (ie no scary people)

psychoexgirlfriend said...

Century 21 is like Winners? Wow, that really makes me feel less excited about ever going there. You look like you had fun in NYC. The kebab dog looks yummy. I love love love hearing about good places to go eat. I'm such a foodie.

' * : . b | u 3 . : * ' said...

ffashionista: hmm i think the train took me about 20-30 mins. I'd say 30 to be safe given my faulty memory :) The single ride ticket cost $1.75. The people on the train were alright, but I would be more nervous on the bus that we had to take first from Newark to the closest PATH station. Its an additional 20 min bus ride that costs about $1.35.

psychoexgf: LOL. I know some people really like it a lot, but for me I was just too lazy (and we were too rushed) to go through the racks to my satisfaction. They do have a HUGE selection of brand name suits though for men. And they had cheap 70% cashmere pashminas - thats one thing I regret not going back to pickup.

mayaari said...

ah, I miss NYC...thanks for sharing your trip with us! Carmine's is a nice restaurant - reasonably priced compared to a lot of restaurants in the city :)

Anne said...

you made NYC look so clean from your pictures. hehehe. i'm glad you had fun in your trip. i agree that the subway station there is a bit creepy and not to mention dirty.

psychoexgirlfriend said...

I'm not one for picking through racks to be honest. I get impatient with stores like Winners, Ross, Marshall's and even Nordstrom Rack. I'm a girl of my time: I love convenience.

theChas said...

Okay wth...how do you take such ridiculously beautiful pictures? I am beyond envious; mine are total crap. Be my picture sensei please!

P.S. - Glad you had so much fun! I miss New York now. :P

Nic Nic said...

NY looks awesome, I definitely want to go there some day, you've taken some great pictures!

Blu3, you don't need to diet - you're tiny!! lol.

Tracy said...

looks like you had a lot of fun. you took a lot of great pictures, especially the food ones. haha.

Liz said...

Wow, great pictures! Looks like you had a lot of fun. I can't wait for my NYC trip at the end of the year!

jie jie said...

Pictures look great! I love those food pictures.. it makes me hungry.. I cannot seem to take good food pictures.

jewels said...

aw i miss NYC i went there my self for 1week last summer. i roam the stress of NYC with the day pass, i love the subway system. So much better then the TTC.

Emilee @ GMM said...

lol @ kebab dog!

Looks like you had a great time! I'd love to visit NY sometime.

Vanessa said...

Glad you had an awesome time on your trip! I loved looking at your pics because I went to pretty much all the places you went to so it was nice to "re-live" it once again! :)

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