Day 2 in NYC. Again, we caught the bus to Manhattan. Then we headed to the Upper West Side for breakfast at the famous Café Lalo. Any "You've Got Mail" fans? This café is where Kathleen Kelly waits for "NY152" to meet her. She sits at a table with a rose in a book. Well, not only did this movie make the café famous, but there food and coffee is amazing. And the café is perfectly decorated with French art and a case of delectable pastries and a giant copper espresso machine.
After breakfast, we walked to Central park. (tip: New York in the Fall is pretty amazing. If you are planning on visiting, I highly recommend this time. The kids are in school and the weather is pretty agreeable.) In the Park, we took a carriage ride. Yes, I know how cliché this sounds, but we didn’t care. It was so worth it. We got to see so much. And we got an Irish driver, who had a lovely accent. He was really nice too. We opted for the longer ride, but he showed us what we would have seen on the shorter ride too. He showed where movies were filmed, answered all of our (sometimes dumb) questions, and he even stopped traffic to let Mom and I take a bathroom break at the Plaza. So, if you go to New York and want to take a carriage ride, look for Ian, the Irish carriage driver.
After the ride, Jessica and Nan decided they'd like to go in the Plaza too. Oh, and they were filming "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" at the Plaza when we went in.
From there we walked around a bit more, just to look at the buildings and take photos. Then we hopped on the subway and went down to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum (tip: the museum is free on Tuesdays after 5 pm. Go online and make a reservation and save yourself some money. You can still make a donation when you get there, if you want. However, it is much more crowded than if you go in the middle of the day.) Jessica and I had gone in 2014 with her husband, Chris, and we knew Mom and Nan would like to experience it as well. It is an emotional experience. The memorial is something to see, especially at night time.
When we were finished at the museum, we were all pretty hungry, so we hopped on another train and went to Time Square. Mom and Nan were so excited to see it at night with all of the lights and people. We ate dinner, overlooking the street, with the light blaring at us. It was pretty cool, though. Television does not do it justice. The lights are much brighter and the hordes of people are much larger in person.
And then back to Jersey we went! Day 3 coming up.