Archive for May, 2006

New York trip

Posted in News on May 29th, 2006 by c-had – Be the first to comment
We just got back from our big New York City trip, for which you can find pictures on Flickr. It was a lot of fun, though we're definitely ready for some rest.

New Yord trip part 11

Posted in Trip on May 29th, 2006 by c-had – Be the first to comment
We debated about getting up early enough to go to the Today Show set during the show, but decided against it. So instead, we woke up a little later and headed that way. We saw the new Today Show summer set they're constructing, and went up to the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. There's a great view from up there, and it was much less crowded than the Empire State Building. We then headed to The Meat Factory, which is a Churrascaria, or Brazillian Barbeque. It's pretty cool. They give you a little thing about the size of a salt shaker that is green on one side, yellow in the middle, and red on the other side (like a stoplight). At the beginning of the meal, you put the red side up and get salad, soup, and bread. When you're ready for the main course, you turn the green side up. Then, the waiters will walk around to your table with different meats on giant skewers. They will then slide pieces off onto your plate. We had 6 different meats, including top sirloin, sirloin, pork tenderloin, pork sausage, ribs, and chicken. When you're done, you turn the thing on its side to yellow and they'll ask you about dessert and the check. It was really good, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for something different. After lunch, we headed to the AMC Empire 25 movie theater to see X-Men 3 before heading home. The theater was incredibly tall. We had to go up 4 escalators to get to our theater, and there were more escalators still going up. I guess that's how you fit 25 theaters into midtown Manhattan. The movie was excellent, so make sure you see it. Then we went to the hotel to pick up our stuff and headed to Penn Station to catch the train back. Thankfully, the trains were actually running today. We grabbed a couple of sandwiches from a deli in the station, then hopped on board the train for the trip back. Boarding the train was interesting, as its a mad dash for seats, and Jen and I ended up sitting across the aisle from one another. But the train is very nice for this trip. It is faster than driving and there's no traffic. The seats are spacious and have electrical outlets at them. This is definitely the way to travel. Well, we'll be home soon. It was a good trip, though it's definitely not our kind of town. We saw most of what we wanted to see, so we probably won't be heading back any time soon. But, it was a good trip. Be sure to check out pictures from the entire trip.

New Yord trip part 10

Posted in Trip on May 28th, 2006 by c-had – Be the first to comment
Tonight was our big dinner cruise. We went for a ride on the Bateaux New York, a ship with all glass above deck, that also doubles as a floating nice restaurant. We cruised around Manhattan at sunset, and ate a very nice meal while at it. There was a wedding reception on board with us, as well as a large Spanish speaking party.

New Yord trip part 9

Posted in Trip on May 28th, 2006 by c-had – Be the first to comment
It's been a fun and exciting day so far. We started off today by going on a TV and Movie sites tour, where we got to see lots of places that have been used in television and film. It was a lot of fun, and I'd recommend it to anyone visiting NYC. Check out the pictures for more on this. Afterward, we headed to 6th Avenue because we'd seen on TV that morning that it was closed between 50th and 55th Street for the shooting of Spiderman 3. We walked up to a small crowd and papers flying everywhere. It turned out that the front group of people were actually extras, which explained why they were wearing winter coats and suits in the 80 plus degree weather. This was apparently a shot from right after a fight sequence, as there was a cab with a table through its windshield. We saw Spiderman (probably the stunt double, not Tobey Maguire) talking to Gwen Stacy (played by Bryce Dallas Howard). It was pretty cool.

New Yord trip part 8

Posted in Trip on May 27th, 2006 by c-had – Be the first to comment
There are a lot of tourists in New York City right now. Times Square was packed. It's a pretty cool place though, definitely different from any place I've seen in the U.S. before. We went to Toys"R"Us, which was pretty incredible, including an indoor ferris wheel and a giant animatronic dinosaur. From there, we went up 8th to the Time Warner Center, but nothing fun was on display there. We then tried again to go to the Carnegie Deli for dinner. We got there and were seated immediately. When the waiter came to take our orders, I for some reason thought to make sure they took credit cards, as I was low on cash. Naturally, they didn't. So, we left the Carnegie Deli to seek an ATM and trekked down the 8 blocks or so to the Bank of America in Times Square, got some cash, and then returned to the Carnegie Deli. Finally, we got to eat. We had a hot pastrami sandwich, with a truffle cheesecake for dessert. Both were quite good. After a long day, we headed back to the hotel on the subway (and saw our first subway rat!).

New Yord trip part 7

Posted in Trip on May 27th, 2006 by c-had – Be the first to comment
We slept a little late today, so we basically lost the morning. But none the less, we're out and about again. We caught some lunch at a small deli near the hotel, and then headed out to spend much of the day checking out the shops on 5th Avenue and nearby. We started at H&M, but did not spend much time there. We then proceeded up 5th, past the Trump Tower, and stopped at the Sony Wonder Technology Lab. It was mostly geared toward kids, but it was fun nonetheless. They at least had a giant Spiderman on the wall. We then proceeded up to the brand new Apple Store (make sure to look at the pictures of this, as it's quite cool). Then, we went on to F.A.O. Schwarz, where we got to play the giant piano from Big. Now, we're headed to Times Square.

New Yord trip part 6

Posted in Trip on May 26th, 2006 by c-had – Be the first to comment
After lunch, we headed to The Met. We're not big museum people, but we figured we had to go to at least one. We took the "Highlights" tour, which gives you a 1 hour overview of the museum. It was not bad, and I'm sure it would have been even better for those more interested in the subject matter. The more impressive thing to me was the architecture and sheer magnitude of the museum. It was amazing, including many many floors and rooms filled with artwork, a huge courtyard, and a room specially built to house an Egyptian temple that was brought over. After the tour, we headed to Central Park to check it out. We sat on a bench for a little while to rest, then walked from the midpoint to the southern end of the park. We didn't realize how big the park was, and so we've definitely had enough walking. We planned to walk down to the Carnegie Deli for dinner, but we didn't have enough time since our walk took so long. So, we got some hot dogs from a vendor in the park, then headed to the theater. The Producers was very funny though we couldn't tell the difference between the quality of this play on Broadway and the plays that hit local thaters such as the Hippodrome. I think we'll be sleeping in tomorrow.

Panorama at The Met

Posted in Trip, Video on May 26th, 2006 by c-had – Be the first to comment
We got to see a 360 degree panorama while at the Met in New York, which can be seen inĀ this video.

New Yord trip part 5

Posted in Trip on May 26th, 2006 by c-had – Be the first to comment
It's lunch time, but we've already had a busy day. We started out by heading to the TKTS booth in lower Manhattan to get tickets to a show tonight. We got there about 10:00, and they didn't open till 11:00. We were about 30 people back in line, which was probably a few hundred people long by the time they opened. We got tickets to The Producers, about mid-way back in the Orchestra. It should be fun. We then headed down to Battery Park to catch the ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. When we got there, the line to the ferry was incredibly long (we were told 2.5 to 3 hour wait). So, we decided that we'd pass on going to the islands, and just take in the view on our harbor cruise we have planned for Sunday. We then headed up to the World Trade Center site. It was not the most exciting site, as it's basically a construction site now. We ducked into Century 21 which was crazy busy, so we didn't get anything. We then headed up to Broadway to Ellen's Stardust Diner, where the waitstaff are broadway hopefuls who sing to you. It was a lot of fun, and I'd recommend it to anyone visiting. Now we're heading to The Met and then walking through Central Park.

New Yord trip part 4

Posted in Trip on May 25th, 2006 by c-had – Be the first to comment
We've seen a bit of New York now. We took the subway down to the Flatiron district, and saw the Flatiron building. We then headed back up by our hotel and got some New York pizza from Bella Napoli. It was excellent, and not very crowded. We then headed to the Empire State building, which was quite crowded (though I'm sure it will get worse in subsequent days). We had to wait a little while to go up to the observation deck, but eventually made it up and took some pictures. It was nice to see all the lights of the city.