Remember yesterday when I told you that we went to bed at 7 pm the first night we were in NYC? Well, no such luck that we would be able to get a full nights sleep. The people in the next room, which included a man, woman and at least one screaming child (I would guess based on the voice that he/she was about 5), came back to their room and were making noise from 11:45 pm until about 1:45 am – keeping me wide awake in the process. What the heck were they doing out until 11:45 with a little kid anyways? Seriously.
Luckily it only kept me up and the kids were able to sleep through all the noise. Normally I would have been upset when they woke up at 5:16 am the next morning, but since the folks next door let their kid (s) make all kinds of noise in the middle of the night, I told my two to make as much noise (at 5:16 am) as they wanted. We even turned up the tv nice and loud. Payback is a bitch, right? Right.
After we made noise for about 2 hours, we took off towards times square.
We ended up buying tickets for one of those double decker tour busses, but before we hopped on that, the ticket price included a boat tour through the harbor – so we walked down to the pier to do that first. I actually did that tour last time I was in Manhattan with Chris, but it was fun to go again with the kids this time. We saw the NC Skyline, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. It was uber hot again on Sunday, so being out on the water was refreshing!
Once the tour was over, we went back up to times square and did the bus tour for about an hour and then we took a cab to our next destination – Public School #6 on 181st Street.
The whole reason we went to NYC was because my brother in law was getting married, so we needed to get to the rehearsal at 3 pm (at Public School #6)! My husband, Chris, and his son (my step-son) were in the wedding. After the rehearsal was done, the entire wedding party, parents of the bride, groom, families and friends all walked to the nearest subway station to head to Chinatown for the rehearsal dinner.
Since my brother and law and his now wife live in the city, they assigned all of the out of towners to a New Yorker because the subway ride involved switching trains once and then once we were in Chinatown, it was a bit of a walk to the restaurant. Chris, myself, my two kids and Chris’s dad were all assigned to one of my brother in law’s friends, Isreal. He was super sweet and patient with all of us – and when I say “all of us”, I really mean the kids. The thing is, we basically crammed ourselves into the train car because it was jam packed. We literally could not move an inch. And it was HOT.
But we made it – and had an awesome dinner at Joe’s Ginger in Chinatown. I’m used to American-Chinese food, so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I found out we were going to a Chinese restaurant that actually served Chinese food, but it was delish!
Here is a picture of Blake, the groom, my 14 year old step-son and Chris at the restaurant:
When we were done, we took a cab back to the hotel and went to bed early for the second night in a row. Thankfully, we were not woken up during the night by any noisy neighbors this time.
Tomorrow – the final NY post. You’ve been warned.