21 April 2014

Spring Break Day 4 :: New York City


When we left on our road trip, I made sure to pack hats and gloves, but didn't bring many warm weather clothing items. All weekend I was commenting on how funny that was. But then, it all turned on us. Tuesday was raining and cold -- and guess what? I had left all the hats and gloves in the back of the car. In New Jersey. Oh well.

We met the gang at the subway and headed to the 9/11 Memorial. The museum itself opens next month, but the site is amazing. Brian pointed out that names of people who were pregnant said "and unborn child" after the name. Just five days before 9/11, I had started announcing that I was pregnant with H. Those people were just like me. While Brian and I didn't personally know anyone who perished, we did find the name of the person Jesse knew. It's heartbreaking. Just a tip when visiting the memorial -- bathrooms are extremely hard to come by in this area. We had two emergency situations that made some of us pretty miserable for awhile. Hopefully, this will change once the museum opens, but even the visitor center didn't offer a port-a-potty. Anyhow, after the memorial, we went for lunch at Tacombi -- Brian's favorite lunch spot. So good.

Jesse, Kim and kids had to leave us at that point, and Brian, H, C and I continued onward for a cupcake at Little Cupcake Bake Shop (we had celebrity siting there -- Gabriel Byrne) and the Tenement Museum. One of my work-out friends had suggested a visit there, and she was right. It was awesome. There are a ton of different tour options. We did the Sweatshop Workers tour, but I'd love to go back and do some of the others. Afterwards, we walked around until the boys could take no more, then headed back to the hotel and rested. Oh, we also went to Dean and Deluca, where the boys got to pick out some treats (C got some yogurt candies and H picked out three exotic fruits) and I stood in line next to Meg Ryan. She was buying coffee beans. It's funny, because I had looked at her and thought, "Oh, that looks like Meg Ryan." But it always takes Brian to point out that someone actually is the person I think it is. I just never think I'm running into someone famous. Funny.

After we rested, we went headed out to dinner. We took a cab to Momofuku Noodle Bar and had an amazing meal of mayan prawns, kimchi, pork buns, brisket buns, momofuku ramen, ginger scallion noodles and pb and strawberry sweet cracker soft serve. It was 40 degrees and raining at this point. Great for ramen. Not great for wandering. None of us wanted to do anything but hop back in a taxi and head back to the hotel for the nigh (which we probably needed anyhow after a jam-packed few days).

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