New York, NY
|Enjoying family and great views from the roof deck of our building|
It was a whirlwind visit, but we had a wonderful time catching up with them all. It was my brother-in-law Ivan's fist time in NYC since 1992 and Jen had not been here since the '90s as well. Of course it was also the premier visit to the Big Apple for my nephew Christopher (8) and niece Kate (almost 4) and we were very excited to share our fair city with them all.
They arrived very late on July 2nd so we didn't see them until the next day, which was Friday. Despite the holiday, Scott had to work a little in the morning, but it worked out perfectly, since the weary travelers got a slow start after their late night arrival. After spending a couple of hours at the office, Scott was able to meet us at Grand Central Station, where we took my niece and nephew on their first ever subway ride to Battery Park and to our day's ultimate destination, the Statue of Liberty.
|Getting ready to ride the subway|
|Having frozen treats in the shade while Ivan held our place in line|
|Ladies Liberty, on the ferry ride|
|The best photo we could manage, between the crowds and moods, before getting back to the ferry boat, ASAP|
|Enjoying the breezy ferry ride back to Battery Park|
|Playing in the splash park, in tutu dress, of course!|
|Oh, the joys of dessert! At Osteria Laguna, where Christopher ate almost an entire dish of tiramisu!|
|Kate loved jumping from the couch onto the ottoman, exclaiming "Kitty High Flier!!" with each jump|
|Typical siblings in action|
We ended the evening with a trip up to our building's 30th floor roof deck, taking in the view of the twinkling night sky over Manhattan and the red-white-and-blue patriotically-lit Empire State Building, before calling it a night.
|On the roof deck, with the Empire State Building in the background|
|Jen and I found an oddly quiet spot in Times Square to take a couple photos while Scott took Kate into the nearby Disney Store and Ivan and Christopher were at Toys R Us|
Before long, it was high time to remove ourselves from the madness of Times Square, so the ever-so-obliging husbands took the kids to Sarge's Deli, where word had it that some of the best corned beef and pastrami in the city was to be found, while I took Jen souvenir shopping (win, win!). Scott and Ivan enjoyed the giant sandwich they shared and Kate discovered that she likes coleslaw.
Upon our post-shopping arrival at Sarge's, I devoured the tasty, remaining free pickles (gotta love a Jewish deli!) and Jen polished off the scant remains of the kids' pancakes and eggs. After lunch and shopping, it was time for the Michiganders to get on the road for home. While we would have loved to be able to spend more time with them, it was still wonderful to have the opportunity to see them and show them a little bit of our new home town. Everyone had a good time and we hope they'll come see us again soon - I miss them already!!
|At Grand Central Terminal before catching the subway|
|Meeting up with Uncle Scott at Grand Central!|
|En route to the Statue of Liberty, the boys and Kate had a hot dog lunch in Union Square while Jen and I picked up a stroller for Kate at the nearby Babies R Us|
|Like father, like daughter|
|Sharing free-give-away Coke Zeros with a Dreamer and an Explorer in Union Square|
|Approaching Liberty Island on the ferry|
|Our corner of peacefulness on the return ferry trip|
|Scott and Jen really enjoyed the ferry ride back to shore!|
|Dinner at Osteria Laguna in Midtown East|
|Playing on the streets of NYC after dark|
|On the roof deck, with the Empire State Building lit for the holiday|
|A friendly neighbor offered to take a photo of all of us up on the roof|
|We caught up with an overzealous Puss-in-Boots in Times Square!|
|After the Menjaks got on the road, I donned the new shirt that Jen bought for me and we made a beeline for some adult-style relaxing in Bryant Park, before taking in the fireworks later that evening|