Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ivy and Tia Julie Take New York: Day Three

Ivy was first to get up this morning, and she spent the time planning out what we were going to do and how we were going to get there. She sat on the bed with her laptop and the MTA Subway map and made our plans. We didn't have a lot on her list left to do, but we did still have three ice cream places to visit plus another sweet shop. It was going to be sugar overload.

We started by grabbing the remaining doughnuts from the day before and heading for Tiffany's on 5th Avenue. We stood in front of Tiffany's and had our breakfast as the cars and bikes and people went on by. I love that this was on Ivy's list!

We planned to go to DO next, but wasn't even ten yet and it didn't open until eleven. So I suggested we just walk down 5th Avenue. That way we could see the Empire State Building, the flat iron building, and enjoy walking the city streets.

Being a Wednesday, DO did not have a huge line outside the door. We got right in and ordered our cookie dough. It was delicious and very rich! But still three more ice cream places on the list!

But first we made a stop at the NYU Bookstore so Ivy could buy a souvenir for herself. We also wanted to use a bathroom, but they didn't have one for the public. Ivy bought a water bottle with the NYU logo because it was something she'd use frequently.

Then it was to Chinatown and Canal Street. Ivy had the Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory on her list, so we took a little tour of Chinatown while eating our ice cream. Canal Street is a cacophony of sights and sounds and I think Ivy was a little overwhelmed.

At this point we had had A LOT of sugar and we needed some real food fast. We had already planned on having lunch in Little Italy, so we just headed that way to get some real food in our stomachs. We ate at one of the classic tourist places on Mulberry Street. But that's an experience everyone should do at least once. I had ravioli and Ivy had spaghetti and meatballs, and we were satisfied. However, I passed on getting us cannolis because I just couldn't take any more sugar. A good life motto to live by: always take the cannoli.

Now we were on our way to the lower east side to go to the two last ice cream places on Ivy's list. First we went to Big Gay Ice Cream Shop, a place that started as a food truck. We decided to share our ice cream so we would have room for more ice cream. It was a nice thought, but, even with sharing, neither of us felt like we could eat more ice cream. So Davey's Ice Cream shop was left unchecked on the list.

We made our way back to our hotel before heading to 30 Rock to see a taping of Late Night with Seth Myers. You have to be 16 to see the taping, and Ivy just barely made it! I've seen a couple late night shows, but Seth was a different experience. He had a swanky lounge area where all the audience members sat prior to the show. NBC pages were there to do trivia and take our photos as we waited to go into the studio. The guests were Rashida Jones and Andrew Rannells (I love him!). Seth is a cool person, and he answers questions from the audience near the end.

Everything on the list that could get done was done, so when we left Rockefeller Center at about 6:45 we didn't have any plans. We hung around Times Square for a little while, just people watching. We then remembered and realized we were close to Amy's Bread, a place on Ivy's list! We headed there to get ourselves some bread. Then we went to Juniors to get something to eat (we didn't get cheesecake, though!).

We checked out the Hamilton gift shop, and the Broadway-specific gift shop. And then we were asleep for out last time in New York City. Getting out of the city the next day would be a nightmare.



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