My friend A is my adventure buddy. We’ve attended random gift swaps, pummeled strangers with pillows, driven halfway across the country together, and now we can add a mini-break in New York City to the adventures. The timing of this trip was perfect. For years, I had wanted to ride the Coney Island Cyclone. Then A heard that Newsies, one of her favorite movies from adolescence, was coming to Broadway. A trip had to happen!
We took the bus down Sunday morning, checked into our hotel, and immediately took the train out to Coney Island.
We rode the cyclone, and it was a fantastic ride.
Returning to the city, we walked the High Line, adjusting our shoes to baby newly-formed blisters every 100 yards.
We went to the top of the Empire State Building and sang this song to each other.
The next morning, we had a lovely, lovely breakfast at Alice’s Tea Cup before voyaging into Central Park. The weather was so perfect – 80 degrees, blue sky, light breeze.
After a wander and a snack, we headed down to do the Radio City Music Hall tour. So very interesting! I’m a sucker for Art Deco architecture and furnishings and the theater has both in spades. And the history of the theater is really fascinating as well – lots of thought went into both the original building and the restoration.
We had an early dinner at Cafe Lalo, the little restaurant on the Upper West Side where part of You’ve Got Mail was filmed. A had a glorious moment when she found out they offered a dairy-free cheesecake.
And then it was time for Newsies! I’d seen the show a couple times in middle school but A had grown up with it. It was a lot of fun. They made some interesting changes to the story and combined the newspaper reporter character with the love interest, which added another dimension of conflict, but I liked it for the most part.
We actually stayed one more day in the city but I came down with some rather violent bug, so the next 24 hours were spent chilling in the hotel, chilling in Bryant Park, chilling on the bus, sleeping. Which doesn’t make for very impressive pictures.
But in all, it was a lovely, lovely mini-vacation!