Day five. June 9th, 2008.
Our last day. How sad. But at the same time it was so much fun! My brother had to go back to work, so we were on our own for the day. Our first stop was a trip across the Brooklyn Bridge.
It's about one mile across and many people who live in Brooklyn actually choose to bike across it every day to get into town. We only ended up going halfway because it was horribly, horribly hot ... like 97 degrees hot. Brian protested many times saying how much he didn't want to do it because it was so hot, but once we got to the middle, he really appreciated the beautiful architecture and he enjoyed reading about how it was built. Plus there was shade, which helped out too. ;)
After we walked back across the bridge we were near the J&R electronics storefront (the internet site where Brian shops that has really great prices on electronics). Their store-front is huge and takes up one entire city block. We looked around a bit to cool off and ended up buying a used Blu-Ray disc of 3:10 to Yuma.
It was then about lunch time so we went to meet my brother at his work, but by the time we got there we didn't have enough time left to sit down and eat because.....
Brian had scored us tickets to see a taping of David Letterman!! It was so cool (literally). When we got back to NY, we might try to get tickets again, it was that fun. It might seem like a touristy thing to do, but it was very cool.
Ed Sullivan theater is right near Times Square, so we walked through it as fast as possible- it was packed as usual. We got to the theater and stood in line to get our tickets. After we got our tickets they let us go for an hour to do whatever, so we ate lunch at Familia (a NY Pizza place) and then bought all of our NY souvenirs in a cheap place at Times Square.
We went back to the theater to stand in line and wait some more. After waiting for about 15 minutes they funneled us all into the foyer of the Ed Sullivan theater, which sucked because it wasn't air conditioned and it was very hot and people smelled.
They finally let us into the theater which is kept at 52 degrees (I think) which felt awesome. The seats are given out at random and we ended up to the far left of the stage, 5 rows back, right in front of the band. I don't really think any seat is bad. We got to see Dave interview Tom Brokaw and Eleta Weideman (daughter of Isabella Rosalini and grand-daughter of Ingred Bergman). The guest band who performed was Gnarls Barkley- I think that was the best part. The whole thing was over in about an hour and a half.
After the show we headed home to meet my brother for dinner. On our way to Matt's apartment we saw a restaurant sign advertising half-price sushi- we had to go there. It was really good and we ate a lot of sushi. We also had jalapeno margaritas, which were surprisingly very tasty. They used tequila that had been marinating with jalapenos for many days (I can't remember exactly what they told us). The jalapenos just gave the margarita a little bite. This is something we will be making at home sometime.
After dinner we were all full so we went home to relax and get to bed early because our flight left at 6:30am the next day. We were very sad to leave, but I'm sure my brother was excited to get his bed back. Thanks to Matt and his roommate Matt for letting us take over their apartment for a few days. We can't wait to come back!