New York City

We’re back from the magical Big Apple! Tuesday through Saturday was a total blur of bright lights and big city and we were loving every minute of it. We flew into LaGuardia early Tuesday evening and went straight to our hotel, the Loews Regency at 61st & Park (thank you, Priceline). In retrospect, I took zero photos of our hotel room. It was totally fine, but nothing to write home about, I guess. They had put us in a room with two twin beds. Simon’s face twisted in consternation. “Oh, don’t worry, sir,” reassured the front desk girl. “We’ll just push them together to make one big king bed!”

Like a cruise ship.

I giggled. “It’s so 1950s to have twin beds!”

The hotel staff told us to go take a walk around the block and then they’d have our beds smooshed together. So off we went, down Madison toward Rockefeller Center. Truly, there is nothing like New York in the fall. It’s so magical. The air is crisp, everyone is in jackets, boots, and scarves, and the leaves are starting to turn. Maybe it’s because I had first experienced NYC in the fall, at Thanksgiving in 1996 and it makes me nostalgic.

These photos are out of order, but that’s ok. We decided we were hungry after visiting the Magnolia Bakery (haha), and that we had to try the legendary Shake Shack. Luckily there’s a theater-district location, so we hurried on over and waited in line.

Afterwards, strolling back through the theater district, just as the shows were getting out, we noticed a large crowd outside of the theater where Merchant of Venice is showing. Al Pacino’s face was plastered all over the posters. As we were standing there (Simon on his cell phone, below – business always picks up when we go out of town, natch), a very aged Kirk Douglas and his wife hobbled out of the theater across the street to their waiting town car. “Who’s that?” I heard somebody say.    Then, a few minutes later, Al Pacino himself came out to shouts and cheers.

It was also Election Night, and NBC had quite the setup there in Rockefeller Center.

A quick subway ride back to our part of town, and we were back to our hotel.

And yes, the beds were put back together. 🙂

More updates to come – I shot a ton of photos at ABC Carpet & Home!