Wednesday, October 14, 2009
This picture was taken at around 5:15 and it shows all the people BEHIND us in line. Keep in mind we were not close to being in the front of the line. The line wound around the sidewalk around the stadium.
Muse was the opening act, and they melted our faces off with their guitar solos. We really like the song 'Starlight'. They were really terrific and a lot of fun, but we were there to see U2. When they came out, the stadium went bananas. Bono was jumping up and down and yelling.
The stage for the tour was amazing. The center stage rotated around at one point so that the people behind the stage could see them. But it was for the most part pointed at us. We were about 6 or 8 people from the outside ring where they walk around.
The structure of the stage was supposed to look like a spacecraft. It sorta had a reptilian look to it too.
The bridges from the center stage to the outer ring also rotated. So when The Edge was walking on the bridge it rotated towards us and he stepped off right in front of us. It was a pretty crazy set.
The screen was also pretty incredible. During the middle of the concert it came apart and was in these diamond shaped frames. It looked really sweet. Then it came back together and was lower than originally so that you could see this other thing that lit up over the screen.
During the second encore Bono wore this jacket that had lights attached to it and he swung from his microphone which was hanging from the ceiling (like he did on Saturday Night Live). It was a fun concert. Our favorite highlights of the show were probably Mysterious Ways, Elevation, Still Haven't Found, Beautiful Day, Breathe, and Magnificent. But everything was pretty great.
We went to a Rangers game in late September. They were still hanging on to the playoff race at that point and actually pulled out a really good win against the Angels that night. This is the view of the new Cowboys Stadium from the Ballpark at Arlington.
This was where we sat. It was a great night. One interesting note is that this was the FIRST game in ALL of my life where they did NOT sing the 7th inning stretch. Instead this guy played Cotton Eye Joe on a violin. Really weird.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
This was in Central Park on the North side. I didn't know this before living in New York, but the Northern part of Central Park is pretty different from the Southern. There are fewer people and some really beautiful waterfalls. Walking through the park was always a breath of fresh air for me, because its pretty much the only nature you get in Manhattan.
This was on top of the apartment building where our new friends the Asher's live (pictured below). Yes, it overlooks the front of Macy's, and they can watch the Thanksgiving parade from their roof. Yes, I am wildly jealous. I really like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, it brings back so many holiday memories! They also have a perfect view of the Empire State Building. Such a neat place to live!
This sums up one of our absolute favorite things about New York. Right before we got married, Mark asked to join a small group from Redeemer Presbyterian, and little did we know how much we would love our new friends. From the left, Aileen (her husband Josh couldn't make it that night), Kristen and her husband Adam behind her, and Elyse and Jordan on the right. We are so thankful we got to know these fun couples, it was such a neat community for us to be a part of for a summer. It was amazing how God provided us with great friends during our short time there. We miss them a lot! Oh, and Kristen and Adam are expecting a baby almost any minute now and we can't wait to see pictures!
I'm sure most of the things we did made us look like tourists, but I never cared. I actually really liked pulling out my map every where I went because I liked figuring out the most efficient ways to get places.
This was the morning I left for Dallas, and as Mark's dad commented, we made sure we fit every last thing in we could. We went to the Botanical Gardens in the Bronx and it was so beautiful. Such a sweet ending to our time together in the city, it was hard to believe it was over.
We got tickets to Mary Poppins and loved it! I think we were getting more into it than the little kids around us. We stopped in Times Square for a picture afterward.
These next few are from our day trip to Coney Island. It took about an hour on the subway to get there, and I'm glad we saw it, but there was really not too much going on there. It was kind of a dead town, but pretty unique and made for some fun pictures. It was sort of like you stepped into 1950 or something.
Most of these are little stands that have displays of the food they sell and everything was fried. Everything.
Nathan's was one of the only places with non-fried foods, but pretty pricey for a hot dog. We decided to wait to eat until we got back to the city.
The Staten Island Ferry was one of the best deals in New York, its absolutely free! You wait in a mob of people and they open these big doors to let you on the boat and everyone rushes to get a good place to stand because you pass right by the Statue of Liberty. When you get to Staten Island, you run around the corner to try to catch the ferry that is going back to Manhattan. We ran up to the door just as it was shutting and the guy was not about to let us on. They run every 3o minutes though so it wasn't a big deal.
We didn't actually pay to go to the Statue while we were in New York, but this was close enough for me. I really liked that there was a pirate ship sailing by Lady Liberty.
Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts talking to Kelly after she sang. It was interesting because they kept taping quick snip-its of Kelly singing so they could show it as they went to commercials. It makes it look like she is giving a concert the whole time, but she really only sang like 2 or 3 full songs. Slightly disappointing, but still a fun experience and one of the last big things Kaitlyn and I got to do together. I was so glad she came to visit!
On one of our last weekends, we finally made it out to New Jersey to see my sweet friends Kate and Bethany. Kate is working in Jersey and Bethany lived with her this summer. It was the cutest little town and a really nice historic-type home. It was a welcomed journey away from the city, sort of like a vacation from our vacation I guess. This is where Mark and Bethany discovered the hilariousness of "Fail Blog" and watched videos for hours while Kate and I did some catching up. Miss you girls!
On our last night together in New York, Mark and I went to Serendipity! The desserts were humongous and SO delicious. Probably the best sweets I've ever had. We had the frozen hot chocolate (on the left) and some ridiculous sundae that had a piece of chocolate cake in it. We watched the movie "Serendipity" on our honeymoon (the selection of DVDs at our resort was mostly really intense dramas so that was one of the few fun ones) so I had been excited about going there for a while.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
The Highline is a really cool new park in Manhattan. They converted an old train line that went above ground into a neat walkway with flowers and awesome views of the city. On our way to see it, we stumbled on the Chelsea Market, which was an exciting find. We walked in this sort of dark doorway and there was a fun bunch of shops and places to eat inside that looked like an alley between two warehouses or something. We ate some unbelievable food and then realized that the whole place is downstairs from the Food Network, so that probably had something to do with it. After we walked through it, we made our way to the Highline and got some great pictures.
After that, we took the subway to the Brooklyn Bridge and walked over it into Brooklyn. We had heard that some of the best views of the city are from the bridge and it didn't disappoint us. There are cars below you when you're walking, but I realized halfway through that they are actually on either side of you and the only thing below the wooden boards you're walking on is the river hundreds of feet below. It made us both pretty nervous. We made it over the bridge and into Brooklyn and walked around a fun part of the city the rest of the afternoon.
This is a view from The Promenade in Brooklyn Heights. Mark said he thought it was where Will Smith sits when he's contemplating joining the Men In Black or not. It was an amazing view of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.
Another really fun day. I think we're going to live life a little differently when we get back to Dallas. We've grown to love walking around and appreciating what is around us. You see so much when you aren't always driving. I'm getting excited because my friend Kaitlyn is coming in town today for a visit, so I'm sure I'll have some more fun things to write about soon!!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
It was a really good game. The Yankees beat the Orioles 2-1 on a home run in the 9th by "Godzilla" - his real name escapes me. They pied him in the face during the interviews after the game. Mark wants to go see the Yankees play the Red Sox next week, which is known to be a pretty heated game among the fans. After a semi-questionable call during our game, a guy in our section stood up and said it was a bad call and the entire section booed him for a while. Lesson learned, don't mess with New Yorkers. When the Yankees win, they play Frank Sinatra's, "New York, New York" and Mark and I definitely felt like we were "a part of it."
Monday, July 20, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
One of the best things New York has to offer is amazing food. We have had some seriously delicious meals and have yet to be disappointed with any place we’ve gone! Here are our favorites…kind of embarrassing how long this list is…
La Esquina – This was one of the first places we went and it was AMAZING. It is pretty small and serves real Mexican food, not the Tex-Mex we are so used to. So many places in the city are unique in what they serve. We decided that Mark’s Nana could open up her own restaurant here and even if she only served tortillas, it would be wildly successful.
Rice to Riches – This place looks like a trendy ice cream shop, but instead of selling ice cream, they sell rice pudding! I’m fairly certain it’s in the movie “Hitch”. It was delicious and we got to keep the cool bowl and spoon.
Magnolia Bakery – You may or may not know this about me, but I’m a big sweets person. It is a major weakness of mine. One of my favorite sweets is cupcakes and we had some of the best cupcakes EVER at the Magnolia Bakery. We took them to Rockefeller Center to sit and eat them, and they didn’t last long!
La Taza de Oro – This little place serves Puerto Rican food and it was very authentic inside. We liked it a lot!
Andy's Deli – This is the deli right by Mark’s work, so we’ve gone here a few times. I think this is exactly the type of place that makes New York famous for its deli’s. I don’t know why their versions of sandwiches are better than other places, but they are. It’s a mystery.
Celeste – We went here one of the first few days we were in New York and it is authentic Italian food. It’s a tiny little place and you sit elbow to elbow with strangers. It reminds me of the Italian atmosphere I’ve experienced where everyone is like a big family. It was so fun and our pastas were great!
Billy's Bakery – Mark thinks their cupcakes are better than Magnolia’s, but it’s a tough choice. They were pretty delightful though.
Shake Shack – This place amazed me. It’s this little building in Madison Square Park and the line to get food is at least a half-hour long at any time of day. We got hamburgers and a custard concrete and I then understood why the line was so long.
Mr. Softee – There must be about 800 of these trucks around town, because you can see them on most streets. It is soft-serve ice cream that has been around for years (my dad said he grew up with it) and it is really good. And, they give you free sprinkles.
Jackson Hole – This place is famous for their hamburgers, so that’s what we got. It was by far the largest hamburger I’ve ever seen. Mark and I shared one with nothing on the side and both of us left full!
Kefi – We tried to go to this place once and the wait was forever, so we made reservations for the next night. It is Greek food, which I’m not ordinarily super excited about, but it was SO good. It was super cool inside, we ate downstairs and it looked sort of like the living room of a nice home in Greece.
Adrienne's Pizza Bar – We walked a lot on Sunday and we made our way down to Stone Street in lower Manhattan. Stone Street is this narrow, cobblestone street that has about 8 restaraunts on either side and the tables are all out in the street. The night was beautiful and we ate an amazing salad and shared one of the best pizzas I’ve had.
Bouchon Bakery – This little bakery is in the Time Warner center, so we got sandwiches and took them to Central Park last Sunday. They were such simple sandwiches, but so good!
Murray's Bagels – New York is famous for their bagels, and this is known to be one of the best places to get them. They have so many choices, including a lot of options with fish which I find an interesting choice for breakfast. I guess a lot of people eat them for lunch too. Our bagels were fantastic, so soft!
Those were our favorites, which is everything we’ve eaten so far. I’m cooking more now that we’ve figured out the grocery store situation, which I’ll probably detail more later!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
We've finally decided to take the plunge...and start a blog. I don't know how good this is going to be seeing as I typed and erased about 2o sentences just to get this thing started, but my hope is that we can share more of our life with our friends and family. So, here it goes!