Big City

I know lots of people who mostly like blogs for the pictures. I am not one of those people. Give me a lot of well-written words any day of the week. Also, for me it is easy to sit down and pound out some (not particularly well-written) words, while pictures take soooooo long to upload, choose, organize in the post, etc. Okay, so maybe my real problem is laziness.

Either way, this post is the answer to you picture-loving people’s prayers. Bart was in charge of the camera on our New York Thanksgiving Weekend Bonanza which means that there were approximately ten times as many pictures taken as there would have been had I been manning the camera.

And, with that lengthy introduction . . . . here we go:

We took the Bolt Bus down to New York. It departs right from South Station and costs about $15 a person. Pretty awesome. Many many thanks to Emily Kate for the info about this.

In Times Square. Obviously.
We totally went to the Charmin’ store. Don’t judge us – I REALLY had to go to the bathroom.
The New York Public Library
Yes, we do indeed take a picture any time the word “Bart” shows up.
Thanksgiving Dinner
The pumpkin pie. Oh. My. Word. The cashew ice cream, the creme fraiche, the pie itself. There are no words.


Top of the Empire State Building
This is me smiling really fast so that Bart will put away the camera and we will stop looking so much like tourists (looking like tourists is one the things I hate most).
The thing I was looking forward to most was Max Brenner for breakfast. It did not disappoint. This is Bart’s chocolate peanut butter crepe with toffee bananas and spicy peanut ice cream. With a little jar of chocolate sauce.
And my apple pie cinnamon waffle. Wow. I could eat this every day for breakfast.
Do we look a little fatter than we did going in?
The Strand bookstore. Some 18 miles of book shelves. They even sell ARCs for $2. I loved this place.
Looking out over Ground Zero. Bart tries to look both pleasant and not overly excited. Success?
All awesome pictures of me are taken on ferries. Remember this one?
It is not fair that Bart’s hair never gets messed up.
Wall Street!
Shake Shack. It’s no In-n-Out but it’s quite delicious. Especially when you haven’t eaten in six hours.
The most fantastic store windows ever.
F.A.O. Schwartz. And the only kind of pet we will ever own.
At Mary Poppins. We bought the cheapest tickets imaginable, which meant we were in box seats on the veeeery side. I kept my eyes peeled the whole first act and then we moved to empty seats in dead center on the balcony. It was brilliant. I love this show.
In front of Rockefeller Center and their famous tree.
Books of Wonder. Holy cow, this was the greatest bookstore ever. I could have stayed all day.
And then there was a sadly fruitless trip to Brooklyn for Grimaldis (line was so ridiculously long and we had a bus to catch) and there was much more fruitless searching for food and in the end we were just glad to get on our bus and go home.
The weather was pretty terrific – never dropping below about 45 and staying in the low 50s for much of the trip. No rain, no snow.
We’re already planning a return trip.

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  • Reply Packrat November 30, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Amen to your first paragraph. Love the pictures, though. Looks like you had a great time. You saw Mary Poppins??? The book stores look too wonderful for words.

  • Reply Mad Hadder November 30, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Amen to Strand's. No Macey's Parade??? Rockettes????

  • Reply John and Tamsen November 30, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Looks like some fun times! Thanks for sharing some pics:)

  • Reply Jenny November 30, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    You + Ferries = LAUGHTER!
    (Thanks for the laugh)
    I LOVE New York.

  • Reply the Danosaur November 30, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Loving the ferry hair.

  • Reply nancypearlwannabe November 30, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    The Strand! Le sigh.

  • Reply TheMoncurs November 30, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Jealousy. I haz it.

  • Reply Lisa November 30, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    So jealous! I've never been to New York (State or City). Tell Bart thanks for taking pictures for us.

  • Reply Jess November 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    It looks like an awesome trip! And you guys are adorable in your matching jeans and coats.

  • Reply Jodi November 30, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Mmmm. I'm stuck on the Max Brenner pictures. I'm dying to go there.

  • Reply Yankee Girl November 30, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Sounds and looks so wonderful. I especially enjoyed the ferry pic!

  • Reply Emily November 30, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    I love love love love this! I am SO happy you made it to Max Brenner and real sorry that you missed out on Grimaldis (although the line is usually crazy and I'm sure worse over a holiday weekend.) I knew you would love the Strand. I saw a preview for Rob Pattinson's new movie and as soon as I saw the Strand my heart skipped a beat. I am so green with envy at the fun you had. At least you got to enjoy the city for me!

  • Reply Angiegirl November 30, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    You made it to Books of Wonder! Yay!

  • Reply Melinda November 30, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    I like pictures. Thank you.
    And your trip looks AMAZING!!! What a great idea!

  • Reply Chelsea December 1, 2009 at 3:37 am

    That looks like so much fun! Tom and I will have to go on a trip for Thanksgiving some time.

  • Reply Rachel December 1, 2009 at 4:51 am

    Your trip looks fabulous. I'm kind of completely jealous.

  • Reply Peaceful Reader December 1, 2009 at 4:52 am

    You two are like the world's cutest couple, always on grand adventures!! The photos are wonderful.

  • Reply Bean December 1, 2009 at 5:47 am

    I LOVE New York! It looks like you had a great time! I, too, hate looking like a tourist. I do most of the picture taking, but if we're in a crowded place, I make the hubby do it. Then HE can look like the tourist. 😉

  • Reply Melissa December 1, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    You guys look like you had fun!

    I'm jealous that you visited during the holiday season, so the shop windows were more impressive. Sorry you missed Grimaldi's. I thought it was the best pizza.

    As for taking pictures, I'm the photographer in our home, which drives the hubby crazy. He wishes I didn't look so touristy, but heh, in NYC, plenty of people look like tourists.

  • Reply Douglas Carl December 1, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Looks like you had a great trip. Thanks for the pictures. Even now I think of moving there.

  • Reply Britt December 2, 2009 at 1:44 am

    You are the cutest!

  • Reply Rhiannon December 2, 2009 at 2:51 am

    Looks super fun! I've only been to NYC once, and I had to work so much while I was there I didn't get to do anything fun. But, I did eat at Robert DeNiro's restaurant, which was fantastic.

    (also, Bill is there right now for work, boo)

  • Reply heidikins December 2, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    I love that your trip revolves around food and books. And Mary Poppins (I loved that show–so fantastic)


  • Reply Angela R. Munnerlyn December 2, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Looks like lots of fun

  • Reply tinylittlelibrarian December 5, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Totally adorable pictures! Looks like you had a great time. And hey, I'm always happy when we're near the Charmin-sponsored restrooms at the MN State Fair because I know they'll be fairly clean and have lots of TP, so no judging from me! Plus, it's rather a hoot that they have a store, sounds worth going in for that! 🙂

  • Reply Noelle January 11, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Sorry I've been so delinquent at commenting on posts. I have been reading them but my hands aren't always free anymore…. I love that you got to do so many wonderful things while you were there, most especially Max Brenner and Mary Poppins!

  • Reply Shannon Andrews November 12, 2015 at 3:57 am

    Do you remember at which restaurant you went to for your Thanksgiving meal in NYC?

    • Reply Janssen November 12, 2015 at 4:11 am


      100 East 53rd Street
      New York, NY 10022

    • Reply Shannon Andrews November 12, 2015 at 7:47 pm

      Thank you so much!

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