Concrete Jungle Where Dreams Are Made Of

1.08.2011

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After much deliberation, I have decided that my trip deserves multiple posts. So we'll start with the first two days..

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Natalie, Liz, and I strolling through Rockefeller Center after our hellacious cab ride experience into the city from Laguardia. Natalie had it out with the cabbie. We learned early on in the trip to turn on our aggressive attitudes to make sure the New Yorkers didn't take advantage of us innocent Texas girls.

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Liz and I fully prepared to battle the cold with our earmuffs

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Natalie, Lexi, and Liz posing in front of the Rockefeller skating rink. We thought we might make our way to the rink by the end of the trip, but the lines were a tad too long and we decided our skating skills weren't all that superb anyway.

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Lex and Nat with the 5th Avenue storefronts. Leave it to us to have 5th Avenue crossed off our list within hours of our arrival.

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5th is a sight to see during Christmas time. All the store fronts have a special holiday flair added to them.

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On our subway ride back from Queens. We ate at a fabulous Italian spot that the Finks' friend knew of. As a local, I figured she would know good NY food; she definitely proved me right. After we stuffed ourselves with several pasta dishes, we were surprised to find out that was only our first course. After that, we still had a salad and a meat course. This was the first indicator of the theme of our trip--food. Sad, but true.

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The following day we slept in a little bit (considering that Liz, Nat, and I pulled all-nighters the night before our flight!). We grabbed lunch at PJ Clarkes in the Lincoln Center where Mr. Fink performs. He's a traveling opera singer and NYC was his stationed spot for a month after the holidays.

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PJ Clarkes is attached to the Hotel Empire, which may just be another one of the zillion hotels in NYC for some, but we knew it as the hotel Chuck Bass owns in Gossip Girl. So, naturally, we didn't hesitate to have a little photo-op in front.

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Our next stop was Central Park to see all the snow-covered grounds. It was just as magical as I had imagined. We even built this snowman! Or pretended that we did..

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It was tricky to find a fellow friendly tourist to snap a picture of all four of us. This one's for sure a framer for the Hardin dorm.

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We found these girls in The Plaza and couldn't help but think of ourselves a few years back. We decided from left to right, it was Liz, Lexi, me, then Nat. I look rather peesed.

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I've seen this fountain several times. It's quite a landmark since it is in the center of the southern border of the park, the Plaza, and Bergdorfs and FAO Schwartz on 5th. But, I will say, that I've never seen it like this in the winter with all the lit up greenery.

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Here we are inside of Henri Bendel's. It used to be a full out department store, but in recent years it's become one hundred percent accessories. And they have quite the inventory. They have any headband you could ever want. In fact, that's where Gossip Girl costume designer gets all of Blair's headgear. The store is basically an older girl's candy store.

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We topped off our busy day with a night at the theatre to see Spiderman: Turn off the Dark. You may have seen it in the news from all the incidents they have had with the actors. It's the most expensive Broadway show in history, and that's no surprise with how many crazy effects there are. They did have two technical difficulties in the middle of the show that forced them to stop it for a few minutes. So, they may need to figure out a few kinks before they officially open the show in February.

So, there you have it! Next to come will be our New Years Eve experience in the Big Apple full of strolling through SoHo, barbecue, long lines, and sequins.

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