NYC and Boston

I have been meaning to post on our trip to NYC and Boston but time just got away from me. The original impetus for this trip was some of our boys really wanted to see NYC and our oldest is a Red Sox fan who we promised a trip to Fenway.  Although I have been all over the world I have never been to NYC and I spent one, brief evening in Boston in the early 1990’s. So, for me, this trip was going to be one of many firsts.

Traveling and first impressions

The ride from central Maryland to NYC was no too bad. Tracy drove the first half of the trip up and I finished off. We have come to terms with I’m a better city driver and she is a better navigator to me then I am to her (if you don’t get it… no worries we get it). Fortunately, our hotel was not too far from the Lincoln tunnel and we arrived in the city a little before rush hour. My initial impression of the city was that its like being in a canyon of concrete. As far as the eye can see down every road is just buildings and glass.

We were staying in the Garment District at the Wingate by Wyndham on 35th Street. This was a great central location from which to see the city. The added bonus was the awesome bagel shop right next door – Best Bagel and Coffee. I would stay in this hotel again just to be next to this bagel shop.

NYC in Pictures

Braden dropping a dab on Times Square

Checking out the view from the Top of the Rock.

Stardust Cafe was a blast with great singing and good food.

A little green time in Central Park

Probably the most talked about item on the kid’s list – seeing lady Liberty while getting a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry.

The Chelsea Market will certainly be remembered as the place where everyone’s back teeth were floating.  Finding the restrooms in this cavernous shopping are was a challenge.  Didn’t help that Griff had sore feet from wet feet rubbing around in wet shoes.  Was worth it though once we knocked back some doughnuts and gelato.

Oh, look the Empire State Building.

On to Boston

Boston was the real destination on this trip.  So, kicked it right with a Duck tour.

Although nowhere near as good, the bagels at the Public Market were pretty good.

It was a warm one so the boys ran around the fountain in the Common.

And, we found the ducks with no one around.

Then the swan boats.

Then came Fenway.  We actually lucked out while walking to the stadium the kids got knuckleballer Tim Wakefield’s autograph.

The tour was well worth the money.

Could not miss the chance to get all of us in one shot at Fenway.

Although we started out in Grand Stand section 8.  Tracy lucked into seats 6 rows behind home plate when a Cardinals fan stopped her and Chase to give us his tickets.  He was a Cardinals fan and liked Chase’s Molina jersey.  So, the boys got a once in a lifetime experience at Fenway at a thriller of a game.

 

What trip to Boston would be complete without a Boston Cream pie from the Omni Parker hotel?  We even bought our walking tour guide one too.