Back to the New York trip! We stayed in Weehawken, New Jersey instead of Manhattan. For those of you who don’t know, Weehawken is just across the Hudson River from Manhattan. I was nervous about it at first because I had never been there, but it ended up being the best decision we could’ve made. We stayed at the Sheraton Lincoln Harbor which is literally right on the water and steps away from both a New Jersey Transit bus stop and the NYC Waterferry. We took the bus into the city each time because it was cheaper than the ferry ($3.20) and it was way too cold to even think about riding on a boat. We managed to avoid the crowds by staying outside of the city and it was nice to get away from all of the New Year’s Eve weekend craziness each night. I couldn’t get enough of the view:
On Sunday morning, we all went into the city for brunch at The View Restaurant & Lounge. The next time you’re in the city, save your pennies and splurge on this brunch. The View is a revolving restaurant on the 48th floor of the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. While you sip mimosas and eat everything from pancakes to salmon to chocolate fondue, you can look out of the window and get a 360° view of the city. My favorite views were of the Hudson river and all of the beautiful homes and buildings that face it. We stayed for almost 2 hours and enjoyed every minute of it. It was definitely worth the slightly hefty bill.
After brunch, we were total tourists and walked all over the city. We started in Times Square and walked up to Rockefeller Center to see the Christmas Tree. We had planned to go to Top of the Rock, but the line was wrapped around the block. Sudan had originally planned to propose to me there, so it’s a good thing he changed his mind. Can you imagine how cranky I would’ve been if he had made me wait in line for hours? He would’ve changed his mind about the whole thing altogether!
After that, we walked all the way up to and through Central Park. From there, we walked through a bunch of stores just to window shop. Highlights? Bergdorf Goodman, MacKenzie-Childs (love love love! I would register for my wedding there if Sudan would let me!), the Apple store (can’t stay away from that place), FAO Schwarz, Bloomingdale’s and Dylan’s Candy Bar. I just named every single place we went. I couldn’t help it I think. I loved them all! We finished at Dylan’s and had to walk about a million blocks back to the bus station in the freezing cold. But I loved it so much. Get ready for a photo explosion:
We had planned to have dinner somewhere in the city, but after all of that walking we were too tired to do anything but go back to the hotel for pizza and to watch the Redskins beat up on the Cowboys. Pretty much my idea of a perfect night. (p.s. My brother just signed with the Cowboys this week. Next season is going to be veryyy interesting!)
And that’s day two! Next up, New Year’s Eve in New York City: a once in a lifetime experience!
*photo of the Sheraton Lincoln Harbor via the hotel’s website. All other photos taken by Sudan or myself.