These Streets Will Make You Feel Brand New

1.09.2011

We started our New Years Eve by heading to the Upper East Side to Michael's Consignment Shop to see if we could snag any good designer finds. I was surprised to find that my mom and I had actually been to this exact shop on our trip last summer. Unfortunately, all we found were a size 11 pair of Chanel clogs and really cozy (but still overpriced) Chanel sweatpants, so we left empty-handed. So, we abandoned our shopping ambitions (only temporarily of course though) and headed back to Central Park. Natalie and Lexi remembered visiting a castle in the middle of the park from their trip during Hurricane Ike in 2008, so we mapped it out on our phones and located the Belvedere Castle. Our iPhones were lifesavers when trying to make our way around the city, but Liz dropped hers in a puddle on the 2nd day!
Enough chatter, more pictures!

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The McConns are known for coming home from trips with more pictures of the food they ate than themselves. In honor of that tradition, I started taking pictures of my meals a couple of days into the trip. Plus, our conversations 85% of the time revolved around being hungry, discussing the food we were eating, or how full we were from the food we just ate. So this just seems all around appropriate! Natalie and I split this tomato mozzarella sandwich at a little eatery in the UES. It was clear that it was mostly chalked full of natives, but that was kind of refreshing in the midst of all the tourists we found ourselves with on New Years.

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The minute we stepped out of our hotel and saw hundreds of NYPD cops lined up outside, we knew we were going to have quite a night ahead of us. Count the number of cops in this picture and multiply it by 12 and that's about the number we saw.

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We found these adorable bite-sized cupcakes in SoHo being sold by a street vendor and just couldn't resist. Natalie was somewhere in Urban Outfitters at the time and sadly missed out on our carrot cake treats. We went to SoHo mainly to explore the British store TopShop (see, I told you our shopping break was brief), which was good to avoid the Midtown chaos...until later that is.

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Cheers! Don't let these smiles fool you, though. This was after our horrendous experience getting back into our Midtown hotel. We stood in a terribly long line to get through the barricades where they had ONE cop scanning people. I know what you're thinking. How is that possible with how many cops there were lined up in that other picture? I'm still wondering that. And I'm also still wondering how they haven't figured this out by now. Last time I checked they've had this New Years party for um a few years now? Sorry, needed a vent session.
Anyway, I didn't have a coat on (I know, bad judgement on my part) and we were all frozen to death. A line formed on the opposite side of the street, so I opted to check it out. The people in the line said it was a new line, so I motioned for the girls to head over. Of course, that information was false. So, we reluctantly headed back to get our place back in line (since we had literally been gone for less than 60 seconds) and those dang feisty New Yorkers wouldn't budge. Well, unfortunately for them, Liz and I wouldn't either. The stubborn New Yorker in us came out and we kept our place. So, like I said, don't be fooled by the two of us innocent little youngins in the above pic. We're more street savvy than you think.

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So after battling the NYPD and finally heading back to our heated hotel, we got into the sparkliest duds we had in our suitcases and sipped on some champagne and sparkling cider. We even turned on the Times Square special on TV and I have to say it felt a little weird to watch it knowing it was right outside our window. At around 11, we entered the madness.

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The TV just doesn't do it justice. I'm glad I get to cross this off my bucket list. It's definitely something I would recommend to anyone if you're still under 30 and have a few friends that are willing to bear the crazy crowds and bitter cold.

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Lexi and her wonderful parents/our wonderful chaperones. They were very trusting of us four girls roaming the big city by ourselves. They even let us have the master bedroom in our apartment! I know, doin' it big.

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Still managed to get a New Years kiss in NY!

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Celebrating our graduation year in style at the biggest New Years party in the world!

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So, there you have it! NYE in NYC. I'd say that's a pretty good way to kick start second semester senior year, wouldn't you?

Oh, and just for laughs...
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5 comments:

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Love all the pics, esp. the first one! Love my boots in the snow. and you glamour girls with the skyline of NYC as your backdrop. get me a mini-carrot- cake....now!

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Lana B said...

This all looks so great! Lovin' the last picture. I'm glad it was such a good trip!

Carolyn said...

great pics. fun times. looks like you're livin a teenage dream.

Amy said...

um, why are you wearing your boots unbuckled?