See Part 1 of our New York vacation here.
Now that you’ve heard about how we paid for our trip to New York, let’s get onto the fun stuff! Here’s what we did while we were there!
Day 1: this was our travel day. We arrived in New York around 4 pm, we ate dinner at the airport because I had looked at the area around our hotel and there wasn’t any type of restaurant options so we would have had to eat at the hotel restaurant since we didn’t have a car. We went to our hotel after eating and pretty much went right to sleep. We were tired!
Day 2: We rode the hotel’s airport shuttle back to the airport and then caught a train into the city. It was a very easy process and took us right into Penn Station right in the city
Cohen’s first look at the city!
From there we walked to our hotel in Times Square and got our first glimpse of the chaos of Times Square!
We left our bags at our hotel, since our room wasn’t ready we left them at a bag check. Then we did some major walking! We walked to Grand Central Station, where we checked out the hole in the ceiling we had learned about! Then onto the New York Public Library, Rockefeller Center, Magnolia Bakery and finally a few stops at some fun shops in Times Square.
By then we were tired! We went back to the hotel where thankfully our room was ready and we all did some resting. Cohen even took a nap! Every vacation we try to do a total splurge type of thing. I think we can get into the mind frame of being cheap on vacation, which is important, but I also think it is important to treat ourselves to something super special at least once each vacation. This time we decided to splurge on going to Ninja New York.My mom had seen it on The View and told me about it, it definitely sounded like something right up Cohen’s alley!
Cohen loved it! Flaming food, our own little “ninja house” to eat in, people stabbing him with their fake knives (that was weird!), and his very own ninja knife and headband…worth every penny to do once! The food wasn’t that great, but the experience was awesome!
Then we walked around the 9/11 Memorial. I can’t even begin to comprehend all that happened there that day. I felt the same way when we went to Normandy in France. My mind can’t even process what happened where I was standing. Like on the same ground in the same spot. And yet life goes on and things are repaired and people keep on living. I hope that Cohen is able to store away in his memory what it was like to be there. We talked about what happened there and how it happened and we did some learning on it before we left. He watched a few videos and we read some books, but he hasn’t fully been exposed to the horrors that happened there.
Day 3: We had a bright and early reservation to head out to the Statue of Liberty. I booked through Statue Cruises.
I waited too long to make our reservation so we weren’t able to climb all the way up to the crown like we had originally planned. We were able to climb up to the pedestal. I think we were all content with that and don’t feel like we missed out at all by not doing the crown. Then we rode the boat over to Ellis Island and wandered around there. This was one of the things I was most looking forward to on the vacation, it had been badly damaged in Hurricane Sandy and was closed for a long time while they repaired damages so I had realistic expectations going into it. I think it was awe inspiring just to stand in the building that so many people had passed through and imagine their stories. I think most of this was a bit out of Cohen’s comprehension but I hope he’s able to remember being there later in life.
After we took the boat back to Manhattan we let Cohen have a few minutes at a playground he had seen earlier in the day, then we got our walking feet on again and walked through the Financial District, including Wall Street and then up to Chinatown where we bought candy and shopped at a few stores that were on my list to visit, including Pearl River.
Then we rode the Subway back up to Times Square and meet up with a friend from Shelton for some Shake Shack. So good. Then we went back to our hotel and promptly collapsed! Justin was kind enough to bring us some yummy pizza back to our room for some nutrition later!
Day 4: We rode the subway across to Brooklyn and wandered around the waterfront. Even found a fun carousel to ride on. The city and our being so busy had been a bit overwhelming to Cohen, he had been bringing his buddy woof with him everywhere we went which is very unlike him, so it was nice to see a great big smile on his face while he rode the carousel!
We walked back across the Brooklyn Bridge and got stuck in the worst crowd of people I’ve ever been in. It was crazy!
We grabbed some takeout from Momofuku which was high on my “to eat” list. And ate it quickly outside of the theater where we had tickets to see Stomp. Stomp was awesome and perfect for Cohen. I love to see him use random things to make music now! After Stomp we grabbed some Gelato and went back to our hotel for some rest time. That evening we went to the Empire State Building. This was something we had gone very back and forth on because it is expensive to go up. But every time I asked Cohen what he was most looking forward to in New York he said going up the Empire State Building, so we did it. And he says it was his favorite thing we did!
Tomorrow I’ll post part 3 to finish up our trip!