Despite a rocky start – we had a great weekend. My son’s team won their first soccer game of the season (8-1) and the weather was beautiful. We had promised to take one of my daughter’s friends to NYC – her very first visit, and Saturday was the day.
They had a blast – and I had a blast watching them have a blast.
Although they let me take a ton of pictures during the day – the only ones I’m permitted to show are the following:
We started our day here. Now, you’re probably thinking that you’ve never seen this in the top NYC destinations list…well it should be. This is Glaser’s Bake Shop. On the upper east side of Manhattan – called Old Yorkville. Over a 100 years old, owned by the same family that started it and still going strong. It’s an important focal point in our tour of the city, it’s also an important focal point in my family’s life. My husband and most of his family (including me!) worked at Glaser’s at one point or another. Herb, one of the two brothers that now runs it, is one of my husband’s dearest friends. A father figure that has been in his life for decades. He’s also my daughter’s Godfather. This is also where our little family got it’s start. Our very first apartment in NYC was on the third floor of the bakery building. We were married while living there – we had our baby there, who’s now 8 feet tall and showing her pal all the sites of her old neighborhood. We wouldn’t know what to do without Uncle Herbie.
So that was stop one. We loaded up on Herb’s famous black and white cookies and off we went.
And since our sweet tooth was raging after Glaser’s – we headed right to Dylan’s Candy Bar (check!). The only place where I’ll let my kids eat from a chocolate fountain. Which, generally, I think are really gross. I imagine buckets of cheap, melted chocolate being used over and over again. Yuck. But the last time we were here, I spoke to the woman who ran the fountain – and she said they throw out the unused “liquid” and if they see anyone’s finger/hand/hair/body part touch the chocolate – it’s over. They shut it down. Is this true? I dunno. But I liked her attempt. So I was ok with the girls partaking. I passed on it. Communal dipping fountains are just not my thing. No matter what the nice lady says.
We hopped on a subway (check!) and headed downtown.
We landed right in the middle of a street fair.
From there we walked to Washington Square Park (check!) and then to Union Square (check!)- who needs America’s Got Talent, these performers were much better.
The girls – “ummm…do you smell that….”
Me – “incense! That’s incense! Let’s keep walking…”
Then my daughter’s pal said,”I’ve never been in a taxi.”
We fixed that. We made her flag the cabbie down (stealing it from an angry young hipster to boot!).
(that’s a slurpie in their hands, and per Mayor Bloomberg, it’s a small)
We ended the day in Times Square (check!). By then the girls were tired, hungry and worn-out. Success! I took some touristy shots – but they liked their selfie the best.
These two beauties are even prettier on the inside.