Friday, June 12, 2009

Checking things off the list in NYC

Brian and I took a trip to New York City last weekend to visit my brother, see Nine Inch Nails live for the last time, and check a few things off of our to-do list.  There is a lot to talk about, so I will just give you the big highlights of the trip.

We ate the best pastrami sandwiches at Katz's Deli (world-famous for their pastrami).  It was crazy crowded, but we managed to find a table and even got to talk to the owner!  But be forewarned- this place is very expensive- $26 for one sandwich, one order of fries and two waters. Did I mention that the Pastrami was amazing?

Next on our list of things to do was the Museum of Modern Art (or MoMA for really cool people).  Since it was pouring down rain (very unpleasant in a city where your mode of transportation is walking) we were not the only people that had the bright idea of heading inside for the afternoon, but we still got to enjoy many famous pieces of art by the likes of Dali, Picasso, Matisse and Pollock.

We took it easy the rest of the evening by eating Thai, frozen yogurt at Pinkberry and renting the movie Taken.

Before heading out to NJ for the NIN concert, we ate lunch at an all-you-can-eat sushi joint called Ichiumi (formerly Todai).  They had a ton of food to choose from, and the quality of sushi was just as good, if not better, than what you can get here in KC.  And for $20 each, it was an awesome deal.  We stuffed ourselves. Brian said he'd never eaten so much sushi in his entire life.

After lunch we picked up our car (a Hyundai Accent which was surprisingly nice for a cheap car) and began our adventure into NJ.  Driving out of the city wasn't too bad.  There's a little heavy traffic, but Brian said it was kind of fun to navigate.  I don't believe he ever honked at anybody (to his disappointment I'm sure).

Never driven underwater before:

Our first sightseeing stop in NJ was a little town called Keasnburg with what was described as a "seedy boardwalk and amusement park, but in a good way".  I guess that is how we would describe it too.  It was nice seeing the ocean for a bit and getting to look at some interesting "Neew Jersy" folk.

We drove on over to Highlands (another small ocean-front town) and ate dinner on the water at a place called The Clam Hut.  We didn't eat any clams, but we ate massive fish sandwiches that sufficiently stuffed us before the concert.

After dinner we headed to the show at the PNC Bank Arts Amphitheater.  It was an interesting venue, with about twice as many people there as Starlight, which made for an awesome show.

Street Sweeper Social Club rocked us again, and Nine Inch Nails brought massive energy and excitement; they were even better than KC even though we had worse seats.  They played enough different songs to make it feel like a completely different concert.

Jane's Addiction was very good again, and we finally got to see a completely topless Dave Navarro and Perry Ferrell.

On the way back into the city, we experienced what you think of when driving in Manhattan- an hour long traffic jam at 1 A.M.  Only in NY!

To end the night, my brother insisted that we come out and experience a night on the town, so we proceeded to drink way to much in a 2 hour time span, heading home for good at 4 A.M.

We woke up to another beautiful day, slightly hungover (really more tired than anything), and headed out for a 3-hour boat ride around the island of Manhattan on Circle Line Cruises.  I spaced out for most of the ride (the wind in my face can do that), but Brian learned a lot of interesting facts that he shared with my brother and I later in the evening.  The boat ride was a little long, but I would say it is totally worth the $34.

Next, we headed over to B and H Photo; this place never ceases to amaze me (you have to experience it in person).  We almost bought a monopod, but changed our minds at the last minute.

Afterwords, we met my brother back at his apartment and headed out to grab dinner at the Shake Shack and eat it at Central Park.  While at Shake Shack we saw A-Rod (Alex Rogriguez) who apparently takes taxis just like the rest of us (well, not Brian and I, we slum on the subway).

We ate dinner in a secluded area of Central Park and then walked around seeing things we had not seen yet- a giant fountain, a boat house, and ball parks.  We saw some other famous female actore, but we couldn't remember her name, or what movies she was in.

Finally, we headed back towards my brother's apartment and made one last stop at Pinkberry to get our frozen yogurt fix before calling it a night.

We left the city at 9:30 and got back to KC at 2 P.M.

We already want to go back at least one more time.  We still need to see the Metropolitan Museum Art and we want to do one of those bus tours on a double-decker bus.  You can never run out of things to do in NYC!

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