In A New York Minute

The Lady and Her City

The Lady and Her City

It was a whirlwind weekend. We picked up the girls right after school and headed to the airport for our flight to New York – La Guardia (via DFW). It was the first visit for my daughters and we had a lot planned. Not surprisingly, we didn’t manage to do everything. Despite this, we still had a great time.

Brittney & McKenzie Under the Statue of Liberty

Brittney & McKenzie Under the Statue of Liberty

First up for Saturday morning was a trip to The Statue of Liberty. Unfortunately, tickets for entering the statue herself had long since been sold out for this weekend, so we just toured the island. Marci and I had only viewed her via the Staten Island Ferry, so this was a new experience for us as well. As you can see, it was quite a cloudy day and, in fact, we got rained on while walking around Liberty Island.

Originally, we were going to meet up with some of Marci’s family at our hotel, but plans changed and we decided to meet them on Liberty Island. However, before they could arrive, it was time for me to head off on my own. My plans for the day were different from my families. While they toured Ground Zero, the Empire State Building, and went to a Broadway Show, I was having lunch with my second cousin, Dee, and then headed to the Houndstooth Pub for RenYC.

It was wonderful to catch up with Dee for a bit as we haven’t seen each other in a few years. At the same time, I follow her blog so I certainly didn’t feel out of touch. It’s funny, though not really surprising, that it took her moving from Kansas to New York for me to visit. After lunch, I had a few hours before the scheduled start of RenYC. I spent them walking around midtown for a while, headed back to the hotel. I took a short (though not as short as it was supposed to be) nap and then high-tailed it back to the Houndstooth Pub to join RenYC already in progress.

B.E. Earl at RenYC

B.E. Earl at RenYC

Poppy & Rachel at RenYC

Poppy & Rachel at RenYC

YKnot at RenYC

YKnot at RenYC

Robin & Poppy at RenYC

Robin & Poppy at RenYC

RenYC was a blast. In attendance were Poppy, Dawg, Robin, Rachel, B.E. Earl, Bill (aka YKnot), Bearette and her baby. We hung out eating and drinking for a number of hours. As always is the case at these types of events, time passed by much too quickly. For instance, I never managed to talk to Bearette before she had to leave.

Dawg, Poppy & Robin at Serendipity 3

Dawg, Poppy & Robin at Serendipity 3

From there, most of us (just barely — five of nine by my count) headed over to Serendipity 3 for dessert (or, in Poppy’s case, breakfast — which I think had something to do with her level of intoxication). I knew this place was semi-famous (or perhaps full-on famous, I’m not sure), but I hadn’t expected the hour-long wait that we encountered. No matter, the weather was reasonably nice and we were still able to socialize while we waited outside.

I had hoped that Marci and the girls would be able to meet us for dessert, but their show (Mary Poppins) ran longer than I expected and then they went back to the hotel before deciding to come get dessert after all. The result of this delay was that RenYC officially ended about fifteen minutes before my family arrived. No collision of worlds on this trip! πŸ™‚

For other RenYC summaries, see Poppy’s andΒ Rachel’s. And their Flickr streams.

Sunday was supposed to start fairly early with an NBC studio tour. Instead, we slept through most of Sunday morning. We did eventually head over to Rockefeller Center, but the tickets for the tour were sold out. Oops, we meant to get those on Saturday, but obviously didn’t. We went to the American Girl store, but I think my daughters are just a bit too old for that store, though they did buy a number of books.

Hard Rock Times Square

Hard Rock Times Square

We had lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. What can I say, Dave2 has inspired me. Only belatedly did I realize that I need to do a much better job of exploring the place while I’m there. I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised at how much more impressive this location was than the Toronto location we visited last month.

Our final plans before our flight home included visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and FAO Schwartz, but there simply wan’t time for both. In truth, there wasn’t really enough time for the Met at all, but Brittney said that she just wanted a quick visit through the Egyptian exhibit for some pictures for school. Also, she wasn’t interested in FAO Schwartz. Naturally, we split up. While Marci and McKenzie played on the piano mat at FAO Schwartz, Brittney and I went to the Met. After a longer than expected subway ride and walk across Central Park, we were left with only fifteen minutes at the museum. Luckily, it was enough. We got the pictures she wanted. Plus, the walk through the park was a pleasure in and of itself.

Brittney & Ren Riding a Bike Taxi

Brittney & Ren Riding a Bike Taxi

Our final adventure, excluding the plane trip home, was the bike taxi that Brittney and I decided to take to get back to the hotel. As you can see in the picture, Sunday turned out to be a very nice day and the ride was quite enjoyable. I think it was Brittney’s favorite part of the entire trip — or, at least it was while it was happening.

It’s normal to feel like a leisure trip has ended too soon, but trying to squeeze a New York City trip into 43 hours is just crazy.

And yet, I’ll do it again.

Many times.

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  1. #1 by Poppy on October 14, 2009 - 5:50 am

    It always seems to be the way that when you visit you realize you should either stay for a really long time or should have organized your time better. I hate organizing my time better, so I moved here instead. (HAHAHA)

    Glad you had such a great time visiting here!!!!
    .-= Poppy´s last blog ..RenYC recap =-.

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    • #2 by Ren on October 16, 2009 - 3:09 pm

      Poppy – I wonder how much I’d really do if I moved there. Would have been nice to live there for a while just out of college, though I guess affordability would have been a huge issue at that time.

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  2. #3 by Hilly on October 14, 2009 - 7:53 am

    Yay for fun times in the big city! Yes, I really did just call it that. πŸ˜‰

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    • #4 by Ren on October 16, 2009 - 3:10 pm

      Hilly – It’s OK, you can call it that as far as I’m concerned. Now I’m looking foward to more fun times in a different city (can’t really say “big”) next week!

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  3. #5 by B.E. Earl on October 14, 2009 - 8:37 am

    It was an absolute blast meeting up with you kids this weekend.

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    • #6 by Faiqa on October 14, 2009 - 1:14 pm

      Heeey, I didn’t know you were a Mr. Sensitive Pony Tail Guy. Can you remember what movie that’s from? I can’t, but I think it had Matt Dillon and Bridget Fonda and they lived in Seattle.

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      • #7 by B.E. Earl on October 14, 2009 - 1:20 pm

        Could have been Singles which starred Matt Dillon and Bridget Fonda. But it might have also been Tim Robbins character in High Fidelity.

        And I have generally going with the hair down routine, but it was super windy in NY that day.

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    • #8 by Ren on October 16, 2009 - 3:11 pm

      B.E. Earl – Likewise! I love expanded my circle of “Bloggers I’ve Met”. πŸ™‚

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  4. #9 by hello haha narf on October 14, 2009 - 9:34 am

    glad you had a great time!
    (love the photo of the girls and lady liberty.)
    .-= hello haha narf´s last blog ..Dreamin =-.

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    • #10 by Ren on October 16, 2009 - 3:13 pm

      hello haha narf – I cropped it out, but there’s actually a bit of umbrella in the shot. My wife was holding it over me to keep the lens dry long enough to get the shot. The raindrops kept screwing up the focus. I’m glad the result came out as well as it did!

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  5. #11 by Faiqa on October 14, 2009 - 1:16 pm

    As for not being able to see everything, I always feel like that when I go to New York. I have a feeling people who live in New York feel that way, too. I’m glad you had a good time, looking forward to seeing you all next week!
    .-= Faiqa´s last blog ..A Promise To My Friend =-.

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    • #12 by Ren on October 16, 2009 - 3:15 pm

      Faiqa – Yes, there really is so much to do. Of course, there’s all sorts of stuff to do here in Austin that I never get around to doing. I expect it’s that way most everywhere, but I think the sensation is amplified in big, famous cities.

      Only one more week!

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  6. #13 by kilax on October 14, 2009 - 5:48 pm

    That’s cool that they reopened the statue so you can go inside (even though you didn’t get to). It was closed when I was there in… 2005.

    I don’t think I read any NYC bloggers, except for one! That is crazy! I should check some out!
    .-= kilax´s last blog ..What do you let define you? =-.

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    • #14 by Ren on October 16, 2009 - 3:17 pm

      kilax – Yes, and the crown is now open as well. And I heard that the flame section was open, though I haven’t confirmed that.

      I read quite a few NYC bloggers, probably only surpassed by the number of Orlando-area bloggers I read. What’s up with that? Chicago is probably third, for me….

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  7. #15 by Sarah on October 14, 2009 - 10:22 pm

    Yay for fun times! And I love that liberty photo with the girls, it’s darling.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Things I love Nine =-.

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    • #16 by Ren on October 16, 2009 - 3:19 pm

      Sarah – Thanks, they were troopers for being so patient with me in the rain. They, and their mother, really wanted to head to the store to get out of the weather, mostly because they were cold. Right there on the water was easily the coldest part of the day for us. Most of the rest of the day was quite nice.

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  8. #17 by Dave2 on October 15, 2009 - 11:22 am

    Sorry I couldn’t make it… if I could have, I would have been there! Glad you had fun… it’s a great group of bloggers to hang with. πŸ™‚
    .-= Dave2´s last blog ..SoCal =-.

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    • #18 by Ren on October 16, 2009 - 3:26 pm

      Dave2 – For some reason, I was recently looking at pictures from Dave York 2 at the Hard Rock Times Square. They were probably on Rachel or Robins Flickr stream. Anyway, with so many of the same faces as at RenYC, it was almost like you were there, too!

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  9. #19 by kapgar on October 15, 2009 - 6:58 pm

    That looks like a lot of fun. I haven’t been to NYC in far too long.
    .-= kapgar´s last blog ..The wind in my hair… =-.

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    • #20 by Ren on October 16, 2009 - 3:28 pm

      kapgar – It seems like I’ve been there quite a bit lately. Now that I think about it, I realize that it’s simply because my wife has an office there, and thus has several trips there a year. Visiting pretty much just costs me a plane ticket.

      I’ll keep my eyes open for the next time she has to go to Chicago and see if I can tag along for that trip.

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  10. #21 by whall on October 22, 2009 - 10:17 am

    Maybe one of our next road trips will be New York….
    .-= whall´s last blog ..DM Me =-.

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    • #22 by Ren on October 26, 2009 - 8:57 pm

      whall – I know, we can do the Austin->New York->Vancouver triangle!

      Or not….

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  11. #23 by martymankins on October 22, 2009 - 8:05 pm

    I love NY… what can I say. It’s been almost 3 years since I was last there. If time and money would have been more plentiful, I would have been there. But seeing the great pics and the bloggers there, it looks like a fun time was had by everyone.
    .-= martymankins´s last blog ..48 Hours Of Blech =-.

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    • #24 by Ren on October 26, 2009 - 8:58 pm

      martymankins – A fun time indeed. I will return — count on it!

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