Post-wedding, James and I spent about a day and a half in New York City honeymooning and running errands/taking care of business before leaving the country for our official honeymoon. We stayed at The Warwick, a very nice hotel in midtown (thank you Jetsetter), which had some of the most comfortable beds ever. While we had some last minute things to get in order (refill prescriptions, go to the bank, buy flip flops…you get the picture), we snuck in some fun. The one touristy thing we did: Top of the Rock.
I’d been wanting to go forever and something always came up, or the weather was bad, or what have you. So we went. First thing when we woke up. And we got lucky with a beautiful day.
Once you get your ticket, you are assigned a time to come back, I can only imagine how this helps with crowd control on a busy day. Once you go in there is a timeline of the history of Rockefeller Center, from it’s initial purchase to today. It talks about different tenants, and of course the history of NBC, which is integral to its story. Then after a few videos on NBC, Rockefeller Center and Swarovski, who is a sponsor and provided some decor for the building, you go up! The elevator ride is odd with a little video playing on the ceiling, cool going up, weird when you come back down. Anyway, we were there on a clear day and the views were spectacular! Because of it’s location I couldn’t see my old NYU haunts too well, but the view of midtown, various bridges and Central Park are amazing.
It is nice to see the iconic Empire State Building in the skyline, and you can really see the progress at Ground Zero as well. Overall, it’s a great way to see the city. We got a discounted price but I think it’s worth the trip up, especially if you’ve done the Empire State Building but still want a great view.
Other things we did: went to Birdland for a great night of jazz music and celebrated our last night on the east coast at Union Square Cafe, if you aren’t familiar with the restaurant, it is a classic and delicious restaurant owned by Danny Myer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (owner of my NY burger fav: Shake Shack!). At the end of the night, we walked through all of Manhattan, through Bryant Park where James proposed, and just took it all in. We know we’ll be back to visit our wonderful friends, but we ended our time in the Big Apple with a day where we saw it all, and could really say goodbye, for now.